Trams on Parade for Moomba


Join in the Moomba fun! Parade down St. Kilda Street in Melbourne, Australia, with trams decorated for the celebration.


1. The Moomba Festival, which takes place in early March in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, is a citywide, 4-day festival. The word Moomba probably comes from an Australian Aboriginal word. This celebration is 4F–-family, fun, festive, and free--every year. The Yarra River is one highlight of the occasion with water sport competitions and shows. A tram parade is another one.

2. What is a tram? Streetcars, trolleys, and trams are all similar types of transportation. Did trams run in your area? Find out about various types of energy used to power trams. At the Moomba tram parade, there are even pedal-powered trams.

3. Choose a theme that captures one of the 4 Fs of Moomba. Decorate a cardboard box with Crayola® Gel Markers. If the box has lettering on it, first cover it with paper using Crayola Glue Sticks. Make colorful designs and show the celebrating passengers. Add festive details with Crayola Glitter Glue, feathers, or other collage materials. Air-dry the glue.

4. Stage your own mini-Moomba with a parade of all the colorful trams that you and your classmates made.

Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

Glitter Glue— WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD—Small parts. Not for children under 3 years. Not for use on skin.

Scissors—ATTENTION: The cutting edges of scissors are sharp and care should be taken whenever cutting or handling. Blunt-tip scissors should be used only by children 4 years and older. Pointed-tip scissors should be used only by children 6 years and older.


  • Find Melbourne on a map. What time is it there? What season? How far is it from where you are? Plan an imaginary trip to the Moomba Festival.
  • Decorate large recycled boxes, such as refrigerator boxes, as trams. Younger children and children with special needs can work together on one big tram and use it for dramatic play.
  • What other common words have Australian Aboriginal roots? How far have those words traveled?
  • Some experts think it would be a good idea to return to trams for city transportation. What are the reasons? What do you think?
  • Assessment: Consider the detail, care, and originality with which each tram is decorated.

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crayola supplies
  • Gel Markers
  • Glue Sticks
  • Glitter Glue
  • Pointed Tip Scissors
  • Construction Paper
household supplies
  • recycled boxes
  • craft feathers



  • Grades 1 to 3
  • Grades 4 to 6
  • Special Needs


  • Visual Arts
  • Social Studies


  • 30 to 60 minutes
  • Multiple Sessions


  • Students find out about an Australian festival, Moomba.

  • Students research early tram usage and power sources.

  • Students construct 3-D tram for their own tram parade.


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