Better Beginnings' Little Fulla Yarns is an early literacy program that supports Aboriginal families as their child’s first teacher. This is done by asking mob how we can help, sending out reading packs with fun activities, and linking into the great work Community Organisations and Public Libraries are already doing.

On November 6th, 2021, we launched Little Fulla Yarns at Broome Public Library. We continue to work with Public Libraries and Community Organisations in the Pilbara and Kimberley to get these packs out to the kids in their regions. Keep an eye on the Better Beginnings Facebook page for info on how to get hold of your own.

We encourage families to Read, Yarn, Sing, Draw, and Play with their little fulla every day through activities and books that share the stories, values, and languages of our WA Indigenous communities.

Read on for some examples of the sorts of activities you can do with your little fulla, along with a short early literacy message from the Better Beginnings team.

Read
  • Having story time each night before bed
  • Pointing out everyday words on signs, at shops, on labels
  • Reading comics or other sections of a newspaper or magazine together.

Yarn
  • Sharing stories orally
  • Talking about features of a particular animal, plant or place
  • Talking about the letter bub’s name starts with and find other things that start with that letter.

Sing
  • Singing “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” while getting dressed in first language, then trying in English
  • While singing and rhyming, asking child to move along to actions or use tap sticks as they sing
  • Word matching to figure out words that rhyme with basic English words like “hop” or Aboriginal language words like “koort” in Noongar.
Draw
  • Drawing and telling sand stories
  • Weaving and other practices that have consistent finger movements
  • Making marks and scribbles in the air, on paper, in sand.

Play
  • Acting out stories
  • Moving like animals that child talks about
  • Playing “Follow the Leader” and try using actions from child’s favourite story.

 

All these activities help build the skills that get kids ready for school and the unlimited potential that good literacy will give them. They also help build a strong bond between families and their little ones, priming them to be bub's first teachers and a trusted source of wisdom.

We hope that the books, games and puppets in Little Fulla Yarns helps Aboriginal families teach kids about the rich culture of their mob, and of Aboriginal Nations from across WA.

To find out more about our different programs, please see the Reading Packs section.