As it was NAIDOC week, the children showed an interest in doing some art after we had a discussion with them about the meaning of the aboriginal flag, the yellow being the sun, the black representing the aboriginal people of Australia, the red representing the red earth.
The land in which Kool Kidz Mill Park is located on is the land of the Wurundjeri people. Wominjeka yearmann koondee biik Wurundjeri balluk (Welcome to the land of the Wurundjeri people).
Samantha, one of our educators within the Caterpillars room, explained to the children that before paint brushes, the aboriginal people would use sticks and branches along with the sand and dirt from the earth to paint beautiful paintings. Samantha spoke about using the colours of the aboriginal flag in the paintings that the children were doing and allowed them to choose some branches from the Kool Kidz garden.
The children chose big and small branches, holding and dabbing them into the paint and then onto the paper. This activity was a great way to support the children’s knowledge and understanding of aboriginal culture and to improve their fine motor skills.
The children thoroughly enjoyed this activity with their art work now hung in the hall way for all families to see.