Book Activities for Day Break by Amy McQuire and Matt Chun
This 2022 CBCA notable Picture Book of the Year challenges the notion of Australia Day. It is officially a celebration of the arrival of Arthur Phillip and the first fleet but that is only half of the story. For First Nations Australians it is the start of centuries of government supported genocide and the 26th of January is not a day to be celebrated but to return to Country and remember those who have been lost over the years – whether recently or in the distant past.
Perfect for children in their first years of school this book allows educators to open what can be a difficult topic of conversation but as the publisher Hardie Grant puts it this is “a crucial story that will open up a conversation on truth-telling for the next generation”.
The team at Learn From Play have made 4 activities for this book which are look at Australia Day for your students, a look at definitions of words and matching them correctly, redesigning the Australian flag to be inclusive and a colour by number to celebrate this year’s NAIDOC theme - Get Up, Stand Up, Show Up.
The games below are advertisement free and will open in a new window. They can be played by children online as many times as they like. The Match Up Memory Card Game will allow children to improve their memory while the Maze Game lets them develop strategy and problem solving skills while having fun. These games will also build children's attention, concentration and focus, visual recognition and short-term memory. Enjoy.