Activities - Seasons in Aboriginal Culture
1. Read about plants
The image gallery highlights plants used as seasonal indicators. Read about them and choose your favourite.
2. Create some art
Draw a story of your favourite showing the plant and what Aboriginal season it indicates. Show your drawing to someone else and explain what the plant is, and what it means.
3. Examine the specimens
Look at the herbarium specimen sheets in the gallery above. Record whether they are flowering or not, as well as the time of year they were collected. What other information have the scientists recorded on the sheet?
4. Create a Herbarium
Start your own ‘Herbarium’. When you’re out in your local park, collect some plant cuttings with both flowers and leaves. Take note of where and when the cuttings were taken, and try to accurately identify the names of the plants. Press and dry your plant cuttings between newspaper sheets, weighted with heavy books. Start your own Herbarium collection by making a project book of plant pressings with all their details recorded. View this video to learn more about creating a herbarium.
5. A plant life cycle
Research, draw and label the life cycle of one of the plants you’ve collected which is indigenous to your area.