Flags of the World

Current events that children are excited about provide great entry points for playful learning experiences. The Olympics can provide many educational opportunities for young children. Some possible themes for exploration are: geography, flags, national anthems, introduction to different cultures, teamwork and the list could go on… In preparation for the Olympic opening ceremonies tonight, we decided to explore flags around the world.

We started by generating a list of the countries that we have personal connections to. We started with nine countries that either we have been to, or know someone who is from. Next, we printed out small versions of the flags and using the website listed below as a reference, the girls colored them in. This experience was great because they had to notice the patterns on the flags and then accurately reproduce them in color. When they finished their coloring, the girls glued the flags on to black construction paper. The last step was to put on the labels (I printed them using return address labels) to the corresponding flag. Affixing the labels was a great exercise in word recognition for my 5 year old and letter recognition for my 3 year old. Once the cards were complete, we enjoyed numerous games of our newly created “World Flag Memory.”

Materials & Resources

Flags of the World – Pictures and Maps
Flags of the World – Printables
World Flags – Video
World Flags – Online Game

The girls studied flags online and then colored in the printed flags.

Our three year old noticed the pattern on the Costa Rican flag.

After the flags were colored they glued them to black construction paper.

Then the girls put the correct labels on each flag.

We had a great game of “World Flag Memory!”


With over 10 years of EDU experience and a growing family, Mariah started Playful Learning in 2008 as a resource for parents and teachers. In 2010 Playful Learning received the Parent’s Choice Gold Medal, and in August of 2011, Shambhala Publications released her first book, Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder. Mariah has an M.S. Ed in Elementary Education and was that girl sitting in the back of class thinking about what she would do differently if she was the teacher. Now she is happily working with a team of gifted educators to bring life-changing lessons to children, families, and schools around the world. In her free time she can be found taking long walks, enjoying a cup of tea, or swimming in the Atlantic with her husband and two daughters.


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