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NAIDOC Week

Celebrate indigenous culture with our NAIDOC Week craft ideas.

Tiddalik

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Tiddalik the frog is a well-known Aboriginal dreamtime story about a large and very thirsty frog. Tiddalik drank all the water in the world and all the other animals began to die! The wise wombat told them that if they could make him laugh all the water would flow from him back to where it belonged. The one animal that was finally able to make him laugh was the water eel, who wriggled and danced as fast as he could! Create your own Tiddalik to tell the story!

For more information on Tiddlik the frog, head to Kullilla Art.

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  • Step 1Place a plastic tablecloth down on your working surface as this activity will get a bit messy! Prepare your Mod-Rock by cutting thin strips and placing them into a craft bowl.
  • Step 2Blow up your balloon to a good frog size and tie off with a knot.
  • Keep the balloon at about half its capable size. If it is filled with too much air it will become fragile and may pop when covered in mod rock.
  • Step 4Cut out two sections of a cardboard egg carton to use for Tiddalik’s eyes and tape them onto the balloon.
  • Sit your Tiddalik in a bowl so that he remains still while you are working on him.
  • Step 6Dip the Mod-Rock strips one at a time into a shallow bowl of warm water. Squeeze out excess water into the bowl before laying the strip over the balloon.
  • Leave the base of the balloon thatis in the bowl free from mod rock. This will allow Tiddalik to sitflat once he is dry.
  • Step 8Overlap the strips in different directions to build strength. Make sure you cover the whole balloon including the eyes. Create a mouth shape using scrunched up strips of mod rock.
  • Use your fingers to smooth the entire surface while the ModRock is still wet.
  • Step 10Allow Tiddalik to dry overnight and then pop the balloon inside his body. Remove the balloon.
  • If the balloon and egg cartons are stuck it is fine to leave them in there.
  • Step 12Sketch a tongue onto cover paper and tape it onto the mouth.
  • Step 13Paint Tiddalik using your own design or research exciting frog designs! Allow to dry.
  • Step 14Sketch two frog feet onto card or textured paper. Look to our design for inspiration or create your own froggy feet.
  • You can also cut out some eyes to stick on or you could use large wiggle eyes.
  • Step 16Glue eyes and feet onto Tiddalik and allow to dry before beginning your story adventure!

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Micador 2B Pencils
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Student Scissors
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Masking Tape
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CleverPatch Junior Artist Paint - 500ml
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CleverPatch Cover Paper - White - A4
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