Celebrating NAIDOC Week 2020

NAIDOC Week celebrations are being held from 8 -15 November this year to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This year’s theme ‘Always Was, Always Will Be’ recognises that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have occupied and cared for this land for over 65,000 years.

We encourage all playgroups and families at home to acknowledge and celebrate NAIDOC Week to foster a better understanding and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people!

Things you can do

Here are some ideas to celebrate the special week:

  • Begin Playgroup with an Acknowledgement of Country
    ABC Playschool Acknowledgement of Country
  • Indigenous Art: Dot Painting or Rock Painting
    Aboriginal Dot Paintings are created by making several small dots of paint to create an entire piece of art – whether it depicts an image or a pattern. To enjoy this activity, simply fill up bowls with different colours of paint and using cotton ear buds, have the children make their own dot painting on paper plates, poster paper or rocks.
  • Aboriginal Handprint Flag
    Using the flag colours of black, red and yellow paints you can make a great Aboriginal flag using hand prints! Remember – black for people, red for the earth, yellow for the sun.
  • Make Damper
    Damper is an easy food to create with simple ingredients and enjoyed warm with butter or even jam. Watch our very own Aunty Averil make her very special fried damper here.
  • Playdough
    Always a favourite with children! Make your own playdough and use the colours black, red and yellow to represent Indigenous colours or blue, yellow and white to represent Islander colours.
  • Sing songs
    Listen to Twinkle Twinkle Little Star in Noongar Language – ‘Djinda Djinda Kanangoor’.
  • Learn a new song
    Kristy from Playgroup WA teaches us how to sing Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes in Noongar Language – Kaart, Djerdim, Boonijt, Djena‘.
  • Colouring in
    Print out this NAIDOC Week Poster for the little ones to colour in.
  • Coloured Pasta Bracelets
    WATCH: Make coloured pasta bracelets with our Program Manager Chris.

It could also be a great idea to ask your playgroup families if they have any stories to share or if they know any Indigenous role models who might like to visit playgroup too!

For more ideas visit the NAIDOC Week website or have a look at this fantastic booklet for some fun activity ideas!

Don’t forget to share the fun with us and tag us in all the things you get up to!

Happy NAIDOC Week!

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