What is recreation?
This section provides some ideas for recreation, focusing on cultural activities & games, cultural events, sports and friendships.
Cultural Activities and Games
Cultural activities and games can play a very significant part in an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child’s life.
Although the child may not have played a traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander game before, you could introduce them to a new and fun way of connecting to their culture. Some of the benefits of cultural games can be to promote the child’s Aboriginality and their sense of identity/pride, bring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous people together and increase the child’s physical health and self-esteem.
Here you’ll find some links to fun resources
The Australian Sports website provides the following resources and information about Traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Games, broken down into ages groups
Refer to section 3 of this resource for further links and information on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander activities for children.
Cultural events are a great way for both you as the carer and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and reinforce the importance of culture for their wellbeing. These events bring community together and give you and the child the opportunity to meet new people.
The Indigenous Health Info net website has a lot of really helpful information about physical activity amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Sections include:
Friends are an extremely important part to any child’s life, particularly while they are young. Friendships allow the child to develop social skills and increase their overall emotional wellbeing. Social connectedness is vital for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. This encompasses family, friends and community. As discussed throughout this resource, there is a strong link between social connectedness and emotional wellbeing.
Consider the following statements/comments from the SNAICC resource, Growing up Our Way:
“Aboriginal culture (includes) social and emotional closeness to multiple caregivers and the community at large.”
“Children are masters of their own social world…with assured place beside a number of different adults and children to whom they are tied by bonds of kinship, aid and daily interaction.”
“The peer group is the most important source of daily companionship for the child, and its dynamics are crucial to understanding the social development of the child from about two years. The child’s contact with, and knowledge of, the world are controlled by its access to local areas through the peer group and its parents’ visiting patterns.”
(Growing Up Our Way, p26-29)