DOT ART Aboriginal Set of 12 Mats
12 Mats - 36 x 52cm each
Please note that this item is custom-printed to order so will be dispatched approx 2-3 weeks from the time of order and can only be delivered to a physical street address - PO box addresses cannot be used. Our eco-friendly, high tech printing is undertaken offsite so this item is not stored in our Tweed Heads warehouse and is therefore unavailable for Click & Collect.
Indigenous Design Play Mats - 36 x 52cm
Childcare centres, preschools, and early years centres will love this addition to the Recycled Mats product range.
These individual Indigenous-design play mats are designed as learning tools for young children. They feature Aboriginal Dot Designs in multiple themes including ocean, land, and desert. Aboriginal symbols including kangaroos, dolphins, hunters, goannas, and meeting places are formed by the joining of intricate dot patterns which were used to pass on cultural stories and knowledge from one generation to another.
Each playmat showcases Aboriginal artwork to help children identify and understand cultural and community motifs still used to this day. The play mats can be used as a multi-sensory educational tool to teach children how Aboriginal symbols provide information whilst sharing a cultural experience.
These small individual play mats also help you to explore and teach children how Aboriginal people have a deep connection and respectful relationship with the land and give you the opportunity to celebrate Aboriginal culture and its people, one of the oldest living cultures in the world.
These individual mats can also be used at the school assembly as carpet tiles for comfortable seating, for seating during lunch time or incursion opportunities, and as stepping stones between classrooms.
Library teachers can use these play mats to introduce Indigenous concepts in libraries and children's literacy zones.
Printed using the latest high tech permanent printing methods, utilising 100% green energy (solar), the mats have been treated with Stainguard for protection from spills. Life expectancy is approx 5 years, less for a commercial environment.
Create a book nook or learning zone with these play mats as the centerpiece. Add one of our gorgeous bean bags or a bundle of Indigenous cushions to provide extra comfort.
The artists of these beautiful mats include Susan Bett who is a respected teacher, artist and Administrative Assistant, running workshops in dozens of private and public schools, and organisations ~ teaching Indigenous and non-Indigenous students about the diversity and values of her culture both past and present.
Grant Aihang from the Ngarrindjeri clan has also contributed to the artwork featured on the mats.
Name of design: Aboriginal Dot Art
Origin of design: Nullarbor Plains region
Artist: Susan Bett and Grant Aihang
Origin of artist: Susan was born into the Kokata, Wirangu and Mirning groups from the Far-West of SA, Nullarbor Plains area. Grant is of the Ngarrindjeri clan.
Shape: Rectangle. Play mats come in a pack of 12.
Size: 36 x 52cm, 0.6cm thick per mat.
Fabric: Made of a robust recycled material manufactured from car tyres and PET plastics.
Please note: This item will be printed to order so delivery will be 2-3 weeks from time of order. A physical street address is required for courier delivery, PO box addresses cannot be accepted.
Care instructions: May be cleaned with warm soapy water. May be used both outdoors or indoors, but is recommended to not be left in direct UV sunlight as fading may occur over time.
Recycled Mats is a proud long-term member of the Indigenous Art Code, which ensures transparent, fair and ethical business trade in works of art by Indigenous artists.
*More information can be found about all of our artists on our artist's blog.
- individual play mats for groups and team building activities
- stepping stone mats to be used in hallways
- individual tiles can be used as seating (assembly, lunchtime, outdoor picnics)
- can be used in art lessons as a guide
- can be used in literacy games and activities
- explore different types of Australian animals for projects
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