Package 2 - Year 3 and 4 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 3 and 4 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 called ‘The Incredible Freedom Machines’. 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:

  • 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?

  • Where is the book set? How does this shape the story?

  • Why does the girl have a pet pig instead of a more traditional pet?

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 create a procedure about how to make a freedom machine. You may like to discuss the meaning of sustainability with them before proceeding. When they are designing their invention, encourage them to think about how it would help to change the world for good. For example, is it something that could help with natural disasters, solve world hunger, encourage recycling or clear plastics from our oceans?

Options for your child

Activity too hard?

Your child may be able to draw a picture of their own freedom machine and a picture of where they would like their freedom machine to take them. They can then write a sentence to go with each of their pictures.

Activity too easy?

Ask your child to investigate some sustainable resources that would be able to be used to create their freedom machine. Encourage your child to create a prototype (model) utilising objects found around the house or recycled objects.

Extension/additional activity

Your child may enjoy investigating the map of Indigenous Australia found on the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies website. You may like to think about the acknowledgement of Country your school offers and write a personal acknowledgement honouring the community you live in.

You can find out more about Kirli Saunders and her work through her blog and website.

Activity sheet 1: Your freedom machine procedure


Think about 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. Write a procedure to explain how you would make it. A procedure is a set of ordered instructions that help us to make something. If you follow a recipe to make muffins, you are following a procedure.


Draw a picture to go with each step of your procedure.

How to make a freedom machine


(What is the purpose of making a freedom machine?)


(What equipment will you need to make your freedom machine?)


(Step by step instructions of how you would make your freedom machine.)

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