We will come and visit your classroom with an amazing variety of Aboriginal artefacts, aged between 50 and 200 years old, from all over central and northern Australia.  Using these artefacts, and other supplementary material, our facilitators engage children on a journey through the Dreamtime and Aboriginal culture.
Our facilitator begins by engaging the class in several interesting stories about creation from Aboriginal Dreamtime.  The stories are short and the facilitator makes them relevant for the children.  Daily life in remote/ desert country is explained and a variety of aboriginal artefacts are explained.  Children even get to touch and handle some of the more robust artefacts! Artefacts belonging to the work of women and men are differentiated for children.
The facilitator provides the class with a large map of Australia, and as each artefact is discussed, indicates on the map where the artefact is from in relation to their classroom location within Australia (e.g. Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne etc.).  Children who were born or who have a parent from a part of Australia other than where they live now get to come up and show the class where on the map they (or their parents) are from.  This activity provides children a context for where they live in Australia, in relation to where the artefacts were created and where some of their friends at the Child Care Centre are from.  The concept of distance and broad geographical areas is obvious across Australia, and gives children of early childhood age and understanding about the remoteness of inland and north-western Australia.
During this program, children learn about the concept of living off the land, and how by being able to adapt to a harsh environment, Aboriginal people have been able to live in some of Australia’s most inhospitable regions.
Your children then move into small groups of ~6-8 for an Aboriginal Art activity!  As part of the program, we provide all the paper and art-decorating equipment (decorations – feathers, sparkles, tinsel, coloured texta’s, sequins, cotton wool, stickers, glue etc.).  Children decide individually on what style of artwork they are going to create, based on the paintings and artefacts displayed and from examples of what other children have created previously.  The most creative artistic designer of Aboriginal-style art gets a special prize!  The artwork is then laid out to dry and is given to each child to take home.
With a few minutes left at the end of the program, the facilitator provides the class with a summary of the program, highlighting the adaptability and resilience of Australian Aboriginal people, and their incredible contribution to tribal art.
Set up time: 15 Minutes
Program duration: Presentation ( Approx. 30 minutes)

Aboriginal art activity ( Approx. 30 minutes)
Pack up time: 15 Minutes