NAIDOC (National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee) Week celebrations are held in the month of July every year in Australia.  

On this week Australians celebrates the social, cultural and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 

Communities, schools, workplaces and across the nation this week is celebrated with an extensive range of activities and events to promote and aware our young generation about NAIDOC week.

NAIDOC week every year celebrates with a new theme to bring awareness and focus on different aspects of Indigenous Australian experiences.

We decided on a theme of Dot painting to play and learn about it.

What is dot painting?

Dot painting is one type of Aboriginal art. 

It is a creative craft to do with your kidoos. It is a repetitive pattern and the beauty is in its simplicity and colors. 


It very relaxing and calming project to do. It is a kind of therapy to heal yourself when you really got into the rhythm of it.


Traditionally dot painting was done in natural pigments like plants and earth pigments which gives the painting very earthy tones. Nowadays commonly used paints are acrylic with bright colors.

Aboriginal paintings portray beautiful, powerful and amazing stories of Indigenous legends that have been passed down from generation to generation.


We have decided today to illustrate and practice some artwork to remember some great legends.

Setup

We used old cardboard pieces, some paints, earbuds, scissors, paintbrush, and a pencil.






Steps:

1) To start with we draw a circle and a snake sketch on cardboard and then we cut down the shape.





2) Next, we painted the circle shape with some imagination.





3) Place the cotton tip of earbud into colour and start the dot pattern.  A lightly tracing was done a shape that helped the kidoos to make a mark of dot around the edge to make a pattern and it is easier for them.


4) We experimented with different colors and shapes and the kids enjoyed. I loved it too. It was also really nice to sit down and do an activity together.  


5) We named the circle shape to SUN.

 


6) After the circle painting which was our sun, we started to cut the snake.

7) We just did small dot painting again because kidoos were curious to make dots now rather than painting we ended up with putting some eyes for the snake to see the sun and earth.

 


8) The excitement of play didn’t end here we did more dot painting on the rock.

 

 

9)We painted the rock and then did some dot patterns on it to represent the rocks on the earth and we all discussed a story of Rainbow Serpent.



The Rainbow Serpent or Rainbow Snake also known as WagylWuagyl, etc. often seen as a creator god and a common figure in the art and religion of Aboriginal Australia. 


But our story was different we have a sunny day with one rock on the earth and the rainbow snake want to enjoy the sunny day in the winters usually they just rest in winters.


 


 Learning Outcome:
  • Hand and eye coordination.
  • Fine  Motor Development – Pre-writing skills.
  • Concentration.
  • Creativity and imagination.
  •  Self-Esteem - developing a sense of pride and achievement.
  •  Learning about the diversity and  Aboriginal Australian history.


If you want to download the template of snake and circle please click on the link below:

The Rainbow Snake on the Sunny day.

Also, don't forget to share the creativity with your friends and family and also share with us 

#kreativekidoos #kreativekidoosdaycare.

Be Kreative :)