Aboriginal Craft Activity

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Updated on Aug 20, 2012

Imagine you're an aborigine from Australia by creating a painted boomerang made out of cardboard! Australian Aboriginals created unique items like boomerangs thousands of years ago and now you can follow in their footsteps with this fun arts and craft project.

What You Need:

  • Cardboard
  • Paint
  • Pencils with good erasers on them

What You Do:

  1. Trace a boomerang shape on a flat piece of cardboard. This is a good opportunity to talk about shapes – what does a boomerang shape look like? Why was it shaped this way?
  2. Using your pencil, trace some wavy lines, circles and triangles on your boomerang. Talk about what these shapes could mean to the Aboriginals. Could the circle represent a watering hole? What might wavy blue lines represent?
  3. Dip the eraser of one of your pencil's into the paint. Carefully make painted dots along your penciled lines. For fun, try counting the dots as you go. You will need a different pencil for each color of paint you use.
  4. Let your boomerang dry and admire how something so simple can look so beautiful. Can you think up a story to go along with your cool boomerang?