Dilly Bag

Dilly Bag lesson plan

Make "going green" even more colorful with these nature-friendly Aboriginal dilly bags! Reuse the bag to carry goods wherever you go!

  • 1.

    The Aborigines are native inhabitants of Australia. Dilly bags are woven satchels that the Aborigines used to collect food like berries and fish. Ask students if they can think of anything in our culture that we use in a similar way?

  • 2.

    Dilly bags are made by hand from strings of grass, bark, or other natural fibers, and then dyed with bright patterns of color! Students find examples of traditional Aboriginal dilly bags. What colors are commonly used? What patterns can be recognized?

  • 3.

    Students design a dilly bag of your own with an Aboriginal-inspired pattern! Plan out the pattern on paper with colored pencils or crayons. When you’re satisfied with the design, recreate it on a large, blank tote bag using Crayola Fabric Markers. For best results, use 100% cotton fabric. Place a piece of paper underneath the drawing area to prevent bleed through. Draw the design, making sure to saturate the cloth. When finished, have an adult iron your the design. Set iron on cotton setting and iron on the reverse side using a back and forth motion for 4 minutes. Or place garment in the dryer for 30 minutes on the hottest setting. This will fix the color to the fabric.

  • 4.

    Fabric markers are permanent on clothing and contain colorants that may stain household surfaces. Wear a smock to protect clothing and cover your work surface. Recap markers as soon as possible and store in a horizontal position. Do not shake markers.

  • 5.

    Be creative! Cover with patterns and vivid colors!

Standards

  • LA: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
  • LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners on grade level topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • LA: Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience in an organized manner, using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.
  • MATH: Graph points on the coordinate plane to solve real-world and mathematical problems.
  • SS: Describe ways in which language, stories, folktales, music, and artistic creations serve as expressions of culture and influence behavior of people living in a particular culture.
  • SS: Use appropriate resources, data sources, and geographic tools to generate, manipulate, and interpret information.
  • VA: Intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of their experiences and ideas.
  • VA: Select and use the qualities of structures and functions of art to improve communication of their ideas.
  • VA: Describe and place a variety of art objects in historical and cultural contexts.

Adaptations

  • Students will work individually to create patterns for the dilly bags. Students exhibit their knowledge of the coordinate plane by plotting their patterns on a coordinate plane prior to transferring them to the dilly bag.
  • In small groups, students display their completed dilly bags and explain symbols they chose to incorporate into the patterns.