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Connecting to country

SA Health Well Being SA Print Res 5 expires 1 June 2022

It is important Aboriginal children and young people remain connected to, and strong in, culture.

A list of fun and engaging resources have been developed to help children and young people connect to each other and culture.

Teaching resources

Pinterest has some fun, colourful and creative craft activities and ideas to help children learn about and celebrate Aboriginal culture.

‘Yulunga’ provides information about traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sports and games for children to try.

Wellbeing activities

Various Aboriginal artists have released free downloadable colouring in pages to keep everyone busy, including while physically distancing. These will make beautiful pictures to hang on the fridge and have the added bonus of celebrating Aboriginal culture through art.

Four Oceans

Mulganai

ABC Indigenous

Bobbi Lockyer has a great activity idea for creating natural paintbrushes out of plants and branches from the bush or your backyard.

Spark Health is delivering health promotion programs and services by putting out daily workout videos on their social media.

Aboriginal news sources

ABC Indigenous is a specific subsection of the ABC that brings together Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories from around Australia.

National Indigenous Television (NITV) is a channel made by, for and about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Music

Follow ABC Indigenous on Spotify to find different playlists featuring Aboriginal artists or listen to Triple J Unearthed* who feature some of the most up and coming Aboriginal singers and songwriters.

*Please check for explicit content warnings before letting little ears listen.

For the kids

Jarjums is the NITV programming dedicated to children.

Little Yarns is a co-listening podcast series for pre-schoolers. Ideal for families listening together at home or as a listening resource in early learning centres, Little Yarns explores the diverse languages, stories and countries of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nations.

Early words has compiled a list of recipes for playdough, goop and slime for kids to make at home. Follow these easy instructions and let the fun begin!

Early words have also recorded six stories for children and young people, as told by Aunty Gloria from NSW.

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet also has great resources to keep you updated with the latest COVID-19 health information.

When talking about COVID-19 for Aboriginal communities on social media, don’t forget to use #OurJobProtectOurMob, #AboriginalHealthInAboriginalHands, #KeepOurMobSafe and #StopTheSpread.