Package 2 - Kindergarten The Incredible Freedom Machines with Kirli Saunders

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Week 4 - Package 2 - Kindergarten The Incredible Freedom Machines with Kirli Saunders

Things your child will need

Have these things available so your child can complete this task.


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  • Paper

Before your child starts

The book that will be read to your child today is called ‘The Incredible Freedom Machines’ by Kirlir Saunders. Ask your child some of these questions after reading the title to them.

  • What do you think a freedom machine is?

  • What sorts of things might a freedom machine do?

  • Where do you think you could find a freedom machine?

Information about the author

Kirli Saunders is a proud Gunai Woman and award-winning international children’s author and poet as well as a teacher, and emerging artist. She leads Poetry in First Languages, delivered by Red Room Poetry. Her debut picture book The Incredible Freedom Machines was shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Awards and CBCA notables. Her poetry collection, Kindred was shortlisted for the ABIA 2020 Book Awards and Highly Commended in Black&Write. Kirli's work has been widely published in journals, anthologies and public art. She has five forthcoming titles with Scholastic, Magabala Books and Hardie Egmont. Kirli is the inaugural winner of the Daisy Utemorrah Award and University of Canberra ATSI Poetry prize (2019). She is an esteemed judge for the Val Vallis Poetry Prize (2020). Kirli Saunders is the NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year (2020).

What your child needs to do

Your child will watch the video of Kirli Saunders reading The Incredible Freedom Machines. You can stop the video throughout and let your child explore the illustrations or ask questions about the story. Some questions you may like to discuss with your child at the end of the video lesson could include:

  • Where did the Freedom Machine come from?

  • Which is your favourite place visited by the main character?

  • Which was your favourite illustration in the book and why?

  • Did the girl imagine her adventure, or go on it? How do you know?

What your child can do next

Now that your child has listened to the recording of the book they will be able to complete Activity sheet 1 found below. In this activity, children will be able to draw a picture of their own imagined freedom machine and write a sentence about their freedom machine.

Options for your child

Activity too hard?

Your child may be able to verbally explain a sentence about their freedom machine and you may be able to write it for them so that they can copy it.

Activity too easy?

Your child may be able to point to individual parts of their freedom machine and explain the features of each section. Encourage your child to write a detailed or extended description of their machine.

Extension/additional activity

Your child may be able to collect household objects or recyclable materials such as toilet rolls, empty tissues boxes and milk cartons to construct a freedom machine.

Activity sheet 1: Draw your own freedom machine


Draw your own freedom machine. It could be based on a machine or object you already know about or you could use your imagination of what you want your freedom machine to look like.


At the bottom of the page, write a sentence about your freedom machine.

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