For ages 3 – 8 years
Aboriginal people put a lot of value on storytelling. This activity introduces your child to Tasmanian Aboriginal symbols. It will also let them use their imagination to create their own stories.
This is both a lot of fun and an exciting way to explore different cultures. It encourages children to build on their language and talking skills.
Tasmanian Aboriginal Symbols
What do I need?
- A bucketful of sand or go to the beach
- A stick
How do I do it?
- Show your child the Tasmanian Aboriginal symbols in the image above and talk about what they mean.
- Tell them that Tasmanian Aboriginal people use symbols to tell stories. The symbols are a way to write down stories of their culture, and to teach survival and the use of Country.
- Smooth your sand to make a flat surface. Show your child how to draw the symbols in the sand and encourage them to tell a story about them.
- Now it’s their turn to create their own symbols. Ask them what their symbols mean and the stories they tell.
- Now your child can search for other natural objects to add to their stories. For example, feathers could symbolise birds, rocks can be hills, leaves can be trees, etc.
No-one knows your child better than you. So, choose and/or adapt ideas here to best suit you and your child. Remember it’s the talking and time spent together that matters most.