Let's make our way to the rustic outback in the land "Down Under"... Australia! We have koalas, kangaroos, the Great Barrier Reef, barbies (barbecues) and plenty of boomerangs!
The Aboriginal people of Australia are the original inhabitants of Australia. They have lived on the land for thousands of years before the European settlers made their way to Australia. Boomerangs were used by their ancestors to hunt for animals. A practice that, experts say, goes back potentially up to 50,000 years.
Today, the boomerang is used primarily for recreation and throwing competitions. They are also a popular symbol for Australian tourism and continue to represent the enduring culture of the Aboriginal people. Many modern boomerangs come with beautiful aboriginal artwork and carvings. Let's explore these works of art!
Printable & Activity Objectives
Age: 6 to 9 year olds, Activity Time: 1-2 hours, Items Needed: Colouring pencils
In this activity, your child will learn about the indigenous people of Australia by understanding more about their history, art and how traditional tools like the boomerang continue to endure today as a symbol of their rich culture. They also will spend time designing and colouring some printable boomerangs.
It will help your child or student:
Learn to appreciate the cultural significance and symbolic importance of the boomerang in modern and ancient Australian history.
Develop their artistic and design skills through the creation of their own unique boomerang artwork and symbols.
Let's learn more about the first people of Australia and the boomerang!
How to Get Started
Simple steps to start:
Research and find out more about the Aboriginal People of Australia and their culture. Here's a very interesting animated story about the history of the Aboriginal people of Australia:
Here's an interesting video explaining Aboriginal artworks (particularly the X-ray art style), its history and how to identify them:
Research and find out more about the history of the Australian Aboriginal boomerang. Here's a short video about traditional boomerangs are made by the native people:
Just for fun, here's a video about how to throw a boomerang :)
Start working on the printable worksheets!
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What's in the Printable Worksheet Pack
This printable pack consists of 3 printable boomerang art design worksheets for your child to design and colour:
1 colour by number activity worksheet (using math sums to decode the numbers)
1 traditional boomerang design worksheet
1 prompted personal boomerang design worksheet
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