“Food & Fun,” Friend, November 2020
The Aboriginal people in Australia use dot painting to tell stories and create beautiful artwork. Here’s a craft for you to make your own!
pencil with flat-top eraser
Draw or paint the shape of an animal on your paper. You could paint an animal from Australia, like a kangaroo or koala!
Now grab a pencil. Lightly dip the eraser end of the pencil in colored paint. Press the eraser onto the paper to paint dots on the page.
Damper is a traditional Australian bread. Travelers would sometimes make this bread outside over a campfire with hot coals. Here’s a version you can try! Remember to ask an adult for help.
3 cups self-rising flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup butter, cubed
2 bananas, mashed
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup walnuts (optional)
Mix the flour and brown sugar together. Add butter and stir with a fork until crumbly.
In a separate bowl, add milk to the mashed bananas and mix.
Add the banana mixture to the crumb mixture. Use a fork to stir until just combined.
Turn the dough onto a greased cookie sheet and pat into a large round. Gently press walnuts into the top (optional). Dough will be soft and sticky.
Bake at 350ºF (180ºC) for 40 minutes.