Creating a yarning circle: building the yarning circle
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Age Range: 7-13


It was the Tuesday night staff meeting and ‘Yarning Circle’ was next on the agenda. “Thanks to everyone’s work,” began the Principal, Mrs Collins, “School Council is good to go with the yarning circle – they liked the idea of having it near the sensory garden. We need to get some quotes for the materials and landscaping the space.”

“The kids really love that space – we did some informal measuring when we were looking at it in maths class last week,” replied Mrs Smith. “But, if you need more precise measurements, we can do another maths activity to work out the area and perimeter if that helps?”

“Great!” said Mrs Collins. “Oh, I need something for the school newsletter too so if you can take some photos of the kids and their work, that would be excellent.”


This activity is the fourth activity in an 8-part activity sequence that has been developed to help you design, build and use a yarning circle in your space.

This activity will guide how you might plan your design as part of your yarning circle project.

The order of these learning activities are: background, site selection, involving First Nations people, building the yarning circle, connecting to Landcare, using the yarning circle, yarning circle activities and yarning and wellbeing.


For children to:

  • implement a project
  • measure perimeter and area
  • produce a birds-eye drawing of space.

This activity can be undertaken at any time of the year.

Did you know?

You can make a yarning circle with zero budget – all you need is an inviting spot where everyone feels comfortable sitting on the ground.

Did you know?

If you want to enhance your yarning circle space, you can reach out to parents, businesses and organisations such as Local Government to help supply logs, rocks and other materials that could be used for seating.

Did you know?

It is important to consult with Traditional Owners and First Nations groups in your area as some materials (for example, types of rock or wood) might not be culturally appropriate.

Did you know?

You can make a yarning circle with zero budget – all you need is an inviting spot where everyone feels comfortable sitting on the ground.

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