The picture on the left is a dot painting that we bought in central Australia about 10 years ago. It was useful in giving the kids examples of some of the aboriginal symbols (such as the U shape with a line -- representing man), the star shape with white blobs (which is a bush with witchetty grubs inside, the stream on waterhole (looks like a target), etc. If you google aboriginal symbols, you'll find better examples (and images) than I can explain with words.
Anyway, the kids spent a couple of hours making their own dot paintings and decorating rhythm sticks. They shared it during the 'show and tell' portion of class. Everyone had a great time again -- especially with the active music games (1 and 20, London Bridge, In the Woods, a musical version of "duck, duck goose and more!)
|DD's dot painting|
|LD's rhythm stick including various aboriginal symbols.|
Here are a few other Australia-related resources we used if you're doing a unit on Australia.
Australian animal flashcards (includes wombat, emu, platypus, kookaburra and more)
Australian flag printables
Children Around the World: Australia
Next week we're off to Japan for more music and culture there!