The first thing I wanted to do was to make some Native Australian Dress-Up for the little ones to play in. Even if do say so myself, I was very creative when I made this dress up out of some packaging material which came with a refrigerator part I ordered.
Step-by-Step: How to make Native Australian Dress-Up
Rather fortuitously, I had been sent something in the post with this packaging material protecting it:
First, I gathered enough of the partly shredded packaging, cutting it all to the same length:
Then, I weaved a ribbon through the top of all the pieces:
If I remember rightly, each skirt was made of three different pieces, which I then used double-sided sticky tabs to attached them all together:
And lastly, the ribbon could be tied to fit the waist:
I was quite pleased with the final skirt, especially as it cost me absolutely nothing to make:
Native Australian Dress-Up: Face Art
In addition to the dressing up, the littles and I played about with some faces paints. They chose the design they wanted and I painted it on. Thankfully, they were easy designs 🙂
How cute are they?
Native Australian Dress-Up: Jewellery
Finally, we added some jewellery to their dress-up. Unsurprisingly, Lillie was in charge of making aboriginal jewellery. She researched, wrote a paper on it and finally made some:
The jewelry was made from beans, seeds, wood, paper, card and pastels:
This was a great start to our studies, and probably the first time I had attempted a unit study with all five children. This proved way easier than I thought it would be 🙂
If you are studying this in your history lessons, do pop over and have a look at my other posts on the Australian Aboriginals: