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RAZ Journal - Australian Antics, peek-a-boo Kangaroo! July 26-30, 2021

Updated: Aug 11, 2021

"G'day Mate." What are Australian’s so proud about? Kids hopped about Australia like Joeys, then "sailed" among the Solomon Islands, Figi, and New Zealand.

Week 7 - Australia, July 26 - 30

RAZ Summer Art Campers got their RAZ passports stamped at each island they visited and filled their travel art journal with fun facts. They experienced cultural art as they assembled 3D coral reefs, created unique animal road signs, sculpted Australian animals, made Fijian jewelry, crafted bamboo pan flutes, built aboriginal wooden huts.

Amazing Australia

Some of the most beautiful oceanscapes are around Australia and the islands. As they learned about the geography children built a 3D Coral reef using mixed media on foam board, watercolor wash, real coral, and shells

Dr. Ridgeway described the "Aborigines, Australia's 'indigenous' First Peoples as:

“We are one, we are different to each other, and we are many.”

Campers made Aboriginal Dot Paintings by dobbing Tribal Designs with Q-tips on a black artboard and found these peoples were great living examples of "Unity Through Diversity."

Kids sculpted exotic fish and Australian animals with clay and made Animal Road Signs protecting their favorite critters.

Some Australia Fun Facts:

  • Australia has more sheep than people, "Baa."

  • Melbourne was briefly called Batmania. You can still visit Batman Park.

  • Why don't people pet Platypuses? The males are poisonous. with claws in their back feet holding enough venom to kill a dog or make a person seriously ill.

Republic of Fiji

RAZ Art Campers designed island-style jewelry and charms with materials such as leather, "teeth" or "claws," beads, and natural seeds.

Some Fiji Fun Facts

  • To say "Yes," people raise their eyebrows

  • They love rugby. Fiji's team is ranked 9th in the whole world.

  • Fijian have many superstitions. For example, coconuts have eyes and watch for certain people to bomb. And if you get bombed by a coconut it's bad luck.

On Wednesday RAZ campers took a field trip to the Santa Monica Aquarium and the Beach, then celebrated a birthday, and had private sessions with very special a guest...

The creator of the app ZigZag came to train Campers on how to make collaborative videos with kids from around the world - Wow!

Solomon Islands

Children made islander Pan Flutes with straws and learned Fun Facts

Some Solomon Islands Fun Facts:

  • The most active underwater volcano, Kavachi, blows huge eruptions out of the ocean near the Solomon Islands.

  • There is no such thing as breakfast, lunch, or dinner - people simply eat when hungry.

  • Boys are viewed as an adult if they can build a house, regardless of his age.

Kids built island huts on stilts with wood, natural materials like thatch, and formed household objects.

New Zealand

RAZ Art Campers created multimedia landscape pieces using watercolor and collage techniques.

Some New Zealand Fun Facts:

  • There is a Hobbiton, New Zealand, the only place in the world with permission to use hobbit money from the movie "Lord of the Rings."

  • They have the longest-named town in the world! "Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu."

  • They have different kinds of Kiwis: It's a fuzzy fruit, it's a bird, it's a national symbol. and a "dry kiwi" is someone born in New Zealand,

Each week children had chances to earn RAZ coins as they learned RAZ studio rules of good conduct and played games challenging how well they could work together. The coins were cashed in on Friday for real prizes at the RAZ 'tourist' shop.


Australia was week 7 and the 6th continent


The 2021 RAZ Summer Art Camp world tour

"Unity Through Diversity."

This educational and cultural art experience is part of the summer RAZ curriculum has immersed children in discovering and "traveling" the world over 10 weeks. They have learned geography, history, and social studies as 7 continents were explored.


See what's coming next on the schedule

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