Quick summary: Kid/s will think about, describe and play with the wind. They will also know that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kids use the wind in some of their games. This activity is designed to give you an understanding of how to embed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives into activities and to help you build your confidence in exploring this topic with your kids.
This activity is a great one to do together as a family.
Ideal for: Early Learning, Lower Primary.
- fresh air
- get moving
Time required: 20 minutes
Curriculum connections: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures, Literacy, Creative thinking.
The activities in this series have been designed to give you and your kid/s an opportunity to explore Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and cultures through stories, games and arts and crafts. Before beginning this activity it would be useful to read through this information. There is also a list of resources to help you conduct your own research.
The benefits of embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives:
- For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kids, 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 kids, 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 (source).
About this activity:
- This activity explores weather and seasons. Most of us think of the seasons as being spring, summer, autumn and winter. But did you know that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have different seasons based on local weather conditions? You can find out more about these seasons here. If you can’t find specific information for the area you are in, choose a site close to you instead.
- This activity incorporates activities to support oral language development. To find out more, click here and here.
EYLF Outcomes: Outcome 1.4, Outcome 2.2, Outcome 4.1, Outcome 4.4
ELC-focused lesson: Caring For Country – Embedding Perspectives: Wind/Seasons Games – Early Learning
- An outdoor grassy space where kids can run without bumping into things (bonus points if there is a slope!)
- Feathers, light leaves or bubbles (or Spinifex seed heads if you have them).
This activity has been developed with the support of the Philipp Foundation and the Thyne Reid Foundation.