Ways to play with Indigenous Symbol Cards

Author: Anna Munro   Date Posted: 12 March 2019 



Offspring Tribe presents...

10 ways to play with Indigenous Symbol Cards


We adore these beautiful hand-painted Indigenous Symbol Cards. Check out how our Tribe incorporated these into different learning environments. We've collaborated all of their ideas below and given you an idea of what they used to create each learning space and some learning outcomes you might encounter with each one.

If you would like these cards for your early learning centre, you can purchase them here.



Explore language & cultural traditions...



Goodstart Early Learning Warrgul - Sutton St, set out the Indigenous Symbol Cards surrounding a traditional Indigenous living space including a fire, shelter, animals and people. This space was created to encourage Acknowledgement of Country in one of their rooms. This invitiation to play encourages exploration of of Indigenous symbols, language and cultural traditions.


Invite understanding & knowledge of Indigenous Symbols...



Parkwood Green Primary School provided a natural grass mat and 3 pairs of symbol cards for exploration and matching of Indigenous Symbols. They also provided a note pad and pencils which offers an extension on this learning experience into symbol drawing and literacy skills. This set up also invites understanding and knowledge of Indigenous symbols and language.


Provide a sensory experience...



Isle of Capri Early Learning Centre provided a wooden tray with red sand and sticks to create a cultural sensory experience. This set up also encourages hand-eye coordination when drawing with a stick in the sand and explores symbols and literacy.


Provide a conversation starter to encourage communication & investigation...



Smartland Boutique Early Learning Maroochydore used the Indigenous Symbol Cards as a starting point for discussion about nature, flora, fauna as they learnt about Australian Indigenous heritage. Children were encouraged to explore their outdoor environment which encouraged investigation and communication skills.


A welcoming foyer set up...



Harmony Early Learning Journey Braybook set this up in their entry foyer. They provided a grass mat with large stones. Each stone had an Indigenous  Symbol drawn on it with a permanent marker. This activity encouraged matching the symbol on the stone with a corresponding symbol on the card.  This encouraged matching skills, literacy skills and exploration into Indigenous heritrage.


Display a variety of Indigenous items for an open ended learning activity...



Petit Early Learning Forest Hill provided a space laid out with a variety of traditional Indigenous items including - a Dilly Bag, Aboriginal flag, felt fruit and vegetables (bush tucker), branch cuts marked with Indigenous symbols, Indigenous Symbol Cards and blank paper with pencils. This open ended activity encourages many learning experiences including, cultural exploration, symbol matching, symbol interpretation, drawing, literacy and exploration into Indigenous culture and heritage.


Encourage symbol matching & identification...



Niccola Drake from An Idea on Tuesday provided the Indigenous Symbol cards laid out on a table. A few of the cards were matched with their corresponding symbol and picture. The remaining cards were spread at random on the table. This activity encourages matching the remaining cards with their symbol and corresponding picture. This activity also encourages literacy, symbol skills and exploration of Indigenous symbols and heritage.


Encourage symbol matching, interpretation, drawing & literacy skills...



Bacchus Marsh Primary School set up a space with a variety of materials to encourage story telling. They provided red powder for symbol creating, natural materials such as pebbles and bark, an Indigenous print as a back drop on the table, wood felt trees, information picture books and the Indigenous Symbol Cards. This creative invitation encouraged communication with stories with children using the resources as prompts. Other  learning experiences included, cultural exploration, symbol matching, symbol interpretation, drawing, literacy and exploration into Indigenous culture and heritage.






What is the Offspring Tribe?


The Offspring Tribe is a group lead by 10 incredibly talented educators. We refer to them as our 'Tribe Inspirators'.

At Offspring Education we send our Tribe Inspirators the same resource. The Inspirators then work their creative magic and include these resources in the most amazing invitations to play. The play set ups are then posted in the Offspring Tribe Facebook group and/or Instagram

If you're an educator, this is a group you need to join! You will see 1 resource used in many different ways to create a learning environment. Take these ideas and be inspired! You can share you're ideas in the group too... you don't need to be a Tribe Inspirator to contribute ideas.


How do I get involved?


Simply join the Offspring Tribe Group on Facebook and you will see all the ideas as they're posted. Join by clicking the button below.


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