We created two different activities for this year's 'Deserts of the World' theme, both based on the Australian Aboriginal Dreamtime story, 'The Rainbow Serpent'...
"When the world was being created, The Rainbow serpent carved out the rivers and valleys from the land, then he went to sleep at the bottom of the lake. But he woke, sensing that people were not taking care of the Earth, and he rose into the sky as a rainbow, and sent storms and droughts - then he burrowed underground and out of sight once more. We must please the Rainbow Serpent, and take care of this Earth for he brings us all of the life-giving waters."
In our first activity, we decorated our gorgeous Serpent, Gertie, with colours and patterns, and things that reminded us of water and sun. Gertie was the centrepiece for our Children's Parade.
In the second activity, we decorated wind-socks to look like baby 'wind-snakes.' These swirled and streamed around Gertie as we walked together in the Parade!