Reconciliation and preschoolers

Introducing children to different cultures is important.

Materials Required

  • Library/books
  • Art materials (pencils/paper/bark/canvas)
  • Spotify or similar/ABC Kids App

Optional materials

Screen, Books, Radio/device, Cooking utensils and ingredients

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Play Experience Preparation

Research. Know what reconciliation means to you - Find out what is in your local area - Talk to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people you may know

Experience Steps

  1. Introducing children to different cultures is an important part of their growing sense of identity. Australia has a shared history with First Nations peoples.
  2. Listen to different stories and music by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.
  3. Introduce children to different types of art in museums and galleries.
  4. Watch ABC or listen to ABC Kids episodes (see below links).
  5. Look at some maps and visit culturally significant places.
  6. Cook some food from recipes provided.
  7. Go on a nature walk.
  8. Visit a library for a story telling sessions or borrow books from one of the book lists mentioned.
  9. Look at culturally significant colours, images, symbols and art practices.

What to talk about, or questions to ask during the experience

  • What can you see in this artwork?
  • Artwork: look at all the colours
  • Artwork: this was painted by...
  • This book was written and illustrated by...
  • We live on .... Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Country
  • These colours are important because...

Build on this...

  • Listen
  • Watch
  • Go on a nature walk and look for native flora and fauna in your area

WHO guidelines for physical activity and sedentary behaviour

Provide evidence-based public health recommendations for children, adolescents and adults on physical activity. Learn more

Physical activity can be promoted through this experience with nature walks.

EYLF Outcomes

The Early Years Learning Framework has been designed for use by early childhood educators working in partnership with families, children’s first and most influential educators. View PDF

  1. Children learn to interact in relation to others with care, empathy and respect
  2. Children respond to diversity with respect
  3. Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity

EYLF Principle

Principle 4: Respect for diversity. Children are born belonging to a culture, which is not only influenced by traditional practices, heritage and ancestral knowledge, but also by the experiences, values and beliefs of individual families and communities. Respecting diversity means within the curriculum valuing and reflecting the practices, values and beliefs of families.

EYLF Practice

Practice: Cultural competence. Cultural competence is much more than awareness of cultural differences. It is the ability to understand, communicate with, and effectively interact with people across cultures.


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