NAIDOC Week & Reconciliation

Celebrate indigenous culture with our NAIDOC Week craft ideas.

Aboriginal Symbol Discovery Tray

Create a Dreamtime story by tracing Australian Aboriginal Symbols into a bed of sand! Research Aboriginal symbols that are used in storytelling and build your 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.

Some materials and products may contain terms that reflect authors' views, both current or past. These views may not be considered appropriate today and are provided in a historical context. These views are not necessarily the views of CleverPatch.

  • Step 1Research Australian Aboriginal symbols that are used in storytelling and artworks. Write a short story using the symbols you have found.
  • Step 2Place your light panel onto the work surface.
  • It may be useful to place a splash mat under the work surface to catch any excess sand.
  • Step 4Place your tray on top of your light panel. Plug the light panel into the power point and turn it on.
  • Make sure the cord is not a trip hazard.
  • Step 6Pour a layer of sand into the tray. Make sure the whole surface is covered. We suggest no less than 1cm deep. Smooth over the sand with a soft brush.
  • Step 7Using the end of your brush trace your story of symbols onto the surface of your sand.

Materials used in this activity

Ultra Bright LED Light Panel - A3
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Product Code: 14924
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CleverPatch Coloured Sand - 1kg - Set of 12 Colours
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Product Code: 15373
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CleverPatch Exploration Light Tray
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Product Code: 16620
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Product Code: 17272
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