Activity Introduction

Quick summary: Children explore cultural diversity by thinking about how colours make the world a more interesting place. In particular, they explore the differences between skin, hair and eye colours. Based on this, children will create a self-portrait to share as part of Harmony Week celebrations.

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EYLF Outcome Elaboration
Outcome 1: Children have a strong sense of identity 3. Children develop knowledgeable and confident self identities
4. Children learn to interact in relation to others with care, empathy and
Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world 1. Children develop a sense of belonging to groups and communities and an understanding of the reciprocal rights and responsibilities necessary for active community participation
2. Children respond to diversity with respect
Outcome 3: Children have a strong sense of wellbeing 1. Children become strong in their social and emotional wellbeing
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



Teacher Worksheet

Background Information

When we talk about diversity, we are talking about understanding, respecting and accepting that we are unique. Even though we are all human, we may have differences in race, gender, age, religion, appearance, cultural background, ability, and sexual orientation. Recognising and celebrating these differences is key to creating a diverse and supportive environment in which children thrive.

For young children, the things that make us different can begin with what we can see, such as eye, hair and skin colour. Many of us might feel uncomfortable talking about skin colour. Still, there is nothing wrong with talking about the colour of skin, and you can approach it in the same way you might talk about hair and eye colour by taking a curious and respectful stance. In fact, teaching children not to talk about skin colour can be harmful as we are telling children that there is something 'bad' about this discussion, which may ultimately contribute to racism.

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