EARTH GUARDIANS Giant Educational, Aboriginal Puzzle Mat
1.0 x 2.5m
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 Mat
Childcare centres, preschools and early years centres will love this addition to the Recycled Mats product range.
This indigenous design mat is a giant recycled rubber educational puzzle which can double as extra flooring or dedicated zones for imaginative play, block play, or outdoors as a seating area for a small group of children.
Each mat showcases Aboriginal artwork and symbols to communicate a story. The mat can be used as a multi-sensory educational tool to teach children how Aboriginal symbols give information while sharing a cultural experience.
The mat allows you to explore how Aboriginal people have a deep connection and respectful relationship with the land, and gives you the opportunity to celebrate Aboriginal culture and it's people, one of the oldest living cultures in the world.
This mat could also be used at school assembly with a different carpet tile for each child in the class, as individual seating or can be used as a complete mat for a game at lunch time, and as a cultural introduction in libraries and children's literacy zones. It can also be used as a carpet in rooms or hallways.
The puzzle mat is put together with simple interlocking rubber tiles. Each tile is numbered on the back of the mat to ensure layout is easy.
Printed using the latest high tech permanent printing methods, using 100% green energy ( solar ), mats have been treated with Stainguard for protection from spills. Life expectancy is approx 5 years, less for a commercial environment.
The artist of this piece, Earth Guardians, is Susan Bett. Susan 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
The story behind this art piece is:
We are the Guardians of this munda ( land ), We are here from the beginning of time
Many Dreaming stories tell us of this, Our Ancestor's spirits will always look after this munda ( land )
Turtle glide over the turquoise reefs, And reef fish dart in and around the seaweed,
Flowing with the rhythm of the sea
Name of design: Earth Guardians
Origin of design: Nullarbor Plains region
Artist: Susan Bett
Origin of artist: Born into the Kokata, Wirangu and Mirning groups from the Far-West of SA, Nullarbor Plains area.
Size: 1.0 x 2.5m. Made up of 10 interlocking tiles 0.5m x 0.5m and 5mm thick
Colours: Yellows and oranges
Fabric: Made of a robust recycled material made from car tyres and PET plastics, meaning that they are robust for childs play
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.
- lifesize puzzle for groups and team building activities
- carpet mat in hallways or to soften the hard floors in a classroom
- individual tiles can be used as seating (assembly, lunchtime)
- outdoor picnics
- to create zones in a kindergarten for play
- cultural art appreciation
- team building activity
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