NAIDOC Week & Reconciliation

Celebrate indigenous culture with our NAIDOC Week craft ideas.

Dunbi Owl Sculpture

This owl activity has been created by Michelle Napanangka Earl, Indigenous Artist & Basket Weaver. Based on the book ‘Dunbi the Owl’ told by Dairy Utemorrah, compiled by Pamela Lofts and illustrated by the children from Derby, WA. Published by Scholastic Press.

This activity can be used to extend learning about this Aboriginal Dreamtime Story.

CleverPatch™ recommends educators, teachers and event organisers work in consultation with their local Aboriginal Communities (start locally and extend out geographically) when planning activities & learning experiences. Any creative or art making activity that mirrors or replicates Aboriginal cultural experiences should always be undertaken in consultation with the appropriate owners of that cultural property.

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  • Step 1Take 40g of clay and divide it up into four pieces; one large for the body (about 15g), one slightly smaller for the head (about 10g), then another two smaller balls of the same size (about 7.5g each) for the wings. Roll each of these pieces into a ball. Gently flatten the wing pieces and shape them into a rounded triangle. Sculpt a beak on the front of the head piece.
  • If the clay is starting to dry out apply a bit of water onto your fingertips and gently rub the clay to smooth it out.
  • Step 2Cut six matchsticks in half. Adult supervision is recommended when using scissors. Insert a half matchstick into the base of the head piece and each wing. Insert the other end of these matchsticks into the body to attach the head and wings.
  • Step 3Insert the rest of the matchsticks into the top of the wings and head. Insert the feet into the base of the body. Allow to dry.
  • Step 4Paint the body, wings and head of your owl orange. Allow to dry. Paint each visible matchstick piece black. Allow to dry. Paint two white dots onto your owl’s face for eyes, and two smaller black dots within the white for pupils. Allow to dry.
  • Step 5Your Dunbi the Owl sculpture is ready to display!

Materials used in this activity

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Dunbi the Owl
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CleverPatch Air Dry Modelling Clay - White - 1kg Pack
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