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NAIDOC Week is a dedicated time each year to celebrate the history, achievements and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and in 2021 will be held from 4-11 July.
To mark the event this year, Gunditjmara-woman Bayley Misfud, Officeworks’ National Indigenous Engagement Lead, chose animals that are significant in Indigenous Australian stories and culture as craft projects.
As kids create their paper animals to make these NAIDOC Week crafts, they can learn more about First Nations, Indigenous languages and the animals’ significance in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.
We’re lucky enough to be able to share one of those fun ideas with you below!
Up in the beautiful Kimberley region, five of the world’s seven species of marine turtles inhabit Roebuck Bay. Turtles are so special to the Yawuru nation that, in the six seasons of the year they recognise, one coincides with when turtles lay their eggs. In the Yawuru language, a turtle is called gurlibil. With so many little pieces to cut out, this is a fantastic project to really flex fine motor skills. Children can tailor the trickiness of the shell to suit their scissor skills and experience.
What you’ll need:
How to make your turtle:
Head to Officeworks to see more NAIDOC craft ideas including how to: