Package 2 - Year 1 and 2 The Incredible Freedom Machines with Kirli Saunders

Watch Kirli Saunders, NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year 2020, proud Gunai woman and award-winning international children's author and poet read her story 'The Incredible Freedom Machines'. After listening, complete a fun activity based on the story.

Week 4 - Package 2 - Year 1 and 2 The Incredible Freedom Machines with Kirli Saunders

Things your child will need

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


Back up

  • Paper

Before your child starts

The book that will be read to your child today is ‘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?

  • The main character visits many places in the story. If you had your own freedom machine, where would you like to go?

  • Which was your favourite illustration in the book? 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 label the different features of their invention. It would be great if your child could start to think about the social impact their freedom machine has and how it helps to make the world a better place.

Options for your child

Activity too hard?

Your child may be able to draw a picture of their own freedom machine and verbally describe the features of it.

Activity too easy?

Ask your child to write some sentences about the features of their freedom machine and how it would be helpful to people around the world.

Extension/additional activity

Your child may be able to collect household objects such as building or recyclable materials such as toilet rolls, empty tissues boxes and milk cartons to construct a freedom machine. They could also use technology to draw or create a digital diagram using Microsoft Paint, Minecraft or Tayasui Sketches School.

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. On the back of the page or in a workbook, write 2-4 sentences about the different features of your machine that enables it to solve a problem in the world.¶


Add a sentence that explains how your freedom machine would help to make the world a better place. Perhaps it uses fuel sources like solar or wind power to function.¶

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