Harmony Day Activity
 
The ongoing theme of Harmony Day is ‘everyone belongs’. Harmony Day is a day of cultural respect for all. By participating in Harmony Day activities, we can learn and understand how all Australians equally belong to this nation and enrich it.

Australia is truly a melting pot of cultures and Harmony Day on March 21st or rather Harmony Week (17th to 23rd March 2019) is a true reflection of how ‘everyone belongs’ to this nation and enriches it.

And, this is a fantastic opportunity for schools, clubs, workplaces and other organisations to celebrate and embrace Australia’s cultural diversity through meaningful activities and events that pay respect to our cultural difference and encourage diversity and inclusion.

There are plenty of inspirational ideas available online to plan activities or events for the week including the official website of Harmony Week.

So we at Cubsta put our thinking cap on and put together this activity that educators can undertake in their toddler and pre-school rooms. And if you want you can also get parents to get involved in this all-inclusive activity.

So we at Cubsta put our thinking cap on and put together this activity that educators can undertake in their toddler and pre-school rooms. And if you want you can also get parents to get involved in this all-inclusive activity.

Learning Outcomes

  • Introducing the Idea of Countries, Cultures and the concept of Diversity
  • A sense of Identity – Being, Belonging and Becoming
  • Understanding the different Languages, cultures and traditions that exist
  • Introducing the concept of Harmony Week and why it is celebrated

Material Needed

  • A Poster-sized World Map. We have used a world map printed out on an A4 sheet for illustrative purposes.
  • A bunch of Push Pins
  • Thumbnail-sized pictures of children in the room (We are not using any images but simply putting the push pins in place against the country for illustrative purposes)
  • A Poster Board (We have used recycled cardboard for illustrative purposes)
  • Coloured String or a ball of wool (preferably Orange in the spirit of this colour representing freedom of ideas and encouragement of mutual respect*)

Let’s get started!

Step 1

Take a poster-sized world map and pin it up on the poster board in your room. You can either buy these posters online or find some educational resource website that allows you to print out an A3 version.

Step 2

Engage the children in a conversation about the world map and introduce them to the concept of countries.

Now call each child in the room and ask them about where their family origin and start pinning the thumbnail images of the child against the country that they name.

It might also be a good idea for educators to have some prior knowledge about the child’s origin by talking to their parents.

Hints: It is a good idea to print 2 images for each child as their parents might have a different origin, given the cultural diversity of Australia

Once all the children have been pinned against their respective countries, it is now up to the educator to initiate different conversations with the children about countries, languages and cultural diversity.

Step 3

Once you have finished pinning up each of the children in the room, take a coloured string and connect the push pins with the string starting from left to right.

*Why Orange you may wonder? well because the bright colour signifies social communication and meaningful conversations. It also relates to the freedom of ideas and encouragement of mutual respect*

And we are done!

So, this harmony day lets celebrate the differences that come to unite us as Australians!