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NAIDOC Week

Celebrate indigenous culture with our NAIDOC Week craft ideas.

NAIDOC Inspired Turtle Mobile

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Create this gorgeous turtle mobile whilst learning about Aboriginal culture. Research the dreamtime story of Wayamba the turtle and discover some very interesting Aboriginal beliefs (www.kullillaart.com.au).

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  • Step 1Cut the lid off your egg carton and set aside.
  • Step 2Trim the tops of your egg carton centres so that they are level with the rest of your egg carton.
  • Step 3Cut your egg carton into individual cups and then trim 6 to make them even.
  • Step 4Paint your egg carton pieces with paint. These will be your turtle shells. Allow to dry.
  • We dipped toothpicks and skewers in paint to create dots.
  • Step 6Using an embroidery needle or other sharp object, poke a hole through the centre of each turtle shell.
  • Step 7Thread a piece of twine about 30cm long through the hole and tie a double knot at the bottom.
  • Step 8Repeat this process with 4 more of the turtle shells.
  • Step 9Take one of your turtle shells and tie a double knot at the top of the string about 15cm above the shell. Thread your last turtle shell onto this string so that you have 2 turtles on the same string. This will be the centre of your mobile.
  • Step 10To create your turtles head, attach a pom pom to the front of your turtle shell and then add 2 wiggle eyes. Attach with glue. Allow to dry.
  • Step 11Cut a chenille stem into 4 pieces and curve each piece to create your turtle’s legs.
  • Step 12Attach the 4 legs to the inside of your turtle’s shell. Use glue or tape to secure.
  • Step 13Repeat with remaining turtles.
  • Step 14Cross 2 bamboo sticks and tie together with twine.
  • Step 15Tie another piece of twine to the centre of the bamboo sticks and secure with a double knot.
  • Step 16Attach your piece of string with 2 turtles into the centre of your bamboo mobile. Tie to secure.
  • Step 17Attach the remaining turtles to the end of each bamboo stick making sure you balance the mobile before permanently securing each turtle. Tie to secure.
  • You may need a touch of glue or tape to hold the string in place.

Materials used in this activity

Round Paint Brushes - Assorted
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Chenille Stems - Bright
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Product Code: 10825 Pack of 100
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Pom Pom Clever Tub
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Product Code: 12296 Pack of 300
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Egg Carton
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Product Code: 12333  
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Jute Twine - Thick
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Product Code: 14275 140 Metres
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Product Code: 16477 Pack of 100
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Product Code: 16877 75ml
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Product Code: 16878 75ml
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Product Code: 16879 75ml
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Product Code: 16885 75ml
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Product Code: 16886 75ml
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