Cultural Craft for Kids: Australian bark art

January 25, 2013

To make this craft with your kids, download the Australian bark art template here from Cultural Care Au Pair.


Australia Day is the official national day of Australia and is celebrated every year on January 26th. According to Wikipedia, “the date commemorates the arrival of the First Fleet at Sydney Cove in 1788 and the proclamation at that time of British sovereignty over the eastern seaboard of Australia (then known as New Holland).” This day is celebrated with festivals and concerts in all communities of Australia.

In honor of Australia Day, we encourage Australia-philes to try their hand at Australian bark art—a form of expression indigenous Australians—or aborigines—used for centuries. Typically, they depict nature legends that represent their religion. Authentic bark paintings are now highly sought after by collectors but you can make your own very easily!


Cut a piece of the grocery bag to serve as your canvas, or bark. Tear or cut pieces of construction paper in the shape of animals and objects of your choice and glue them to the brown background. Dip the eraser in white paint and press dots in and around your shapes. Use the black marker to decorate the shapes.



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