Activity Introduction

Quick summary: In this activity, children understand that water can be fun to play with. Children recognise that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kids play games with water.

This activity is designed to give you an understanding of how to embed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives into activities at your centre and to help you build your confidence in exploring this topic with children and families.

This activity forms part of the Caring For Country: Introductory Lessons and Themed Activities. It is recommended that you complete the Introductory Tuning in Lessons in this unit before sharing the Themed Activities with children.

Resources required:

  • Clear plastic bottle half-filled with water
  • Other materials depending on the activity:
    • Waterdrop – Two buckets of water, tape to mark a line, a plastic cup, space in the yard
    • Yiri – A bucket or tub of water, objects made from different materials that you are happy getting wet (such as sticks, leaves, stones, shells, toys, cutlery etc)
    • Taste test – Plastic cup for each child, three or four jugs of water, fruit/veg/herbs to flavour water (for example strawberries, slices of orange, or cucumber, or mint, considering any allergies children might have. You could also create one with a bush tucker flavour if you have access to native bush tucker plants).
EYLF Outcome Elaboration
Outcome 1: Children have a strong sense of identity 4. Children learn to interact in relation to others with care, empathy and respect
Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world 2. Children respond to diversity with respect
Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners 1. Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity
4. Children resource their own learning through connecting with people, place, technologies and natural and processed materials

 

This activity has been developed with the support of the Philipps Foundation and the Thyne Reid Foundation.

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Background Information

Content information: The activities in this unit will help you to explore key aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures. Exploring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives with your children will benefit both First Nations and non-Indigenous children.

For any Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in your centre, exploring their culture plays a key role in their development, identity and self-esteem, and contributes to the overall well-being of the child.

For non-Indigenous children, embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives in their early education experiences is fundamental in creating inclusive and accepting attitudes, and positive race relations. These perspectives are also about celebrating different cultures and the uniqueness of individuals. It is enriching for children to experience the different perspectives and diverse human experiences other cultures can bring to the melting pot (sou

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