I picked up a book called Rand McNally I Know About Flags several months ago thinking it would be good for Juliet in a few years. She surprised me by being really interested in it already.
Ben has been reading it with her in the evenings and we’ve discovered that she has just absorbed the information–she’s started calling out the names of flags whenever she sees them like, ‘Hey! There’s the Canadian flag!”
If you look inside, you can see how appealing it is–bright, colorful, and accessible to young children.
The book is only meant to serve as an introduction to the concept of flags, so it does not contain ALL the flags of the world. (Yours might not be in there!) Some are state flags, some pages are dedicated to sports teams’ flags, nautical flags, etc. But the majority of it features country flags. We don’t always read the text, mostly we just point out the flags and talk about each.
(You can make all the flags in the first picture by using just these shapes!)
I wanted to make a set of felt flags for Juliet to play with and to decorate our home with (all the Valentines stuff is packed away!) In my mind, I dreamed of making all the flags of countries we know people living in and ones we have visited or read about.
But then the reality of it hit me and I realized I do not have the time nor the talent to make every flag. My skill level forces me to make only the simplest flags that can be made from these shapes. (above) I came to this sad conclusion after trying unsuccessfully to space out 13 stripes for an American flag–Betsy Ross, I am not. And I did not even want to start with 50 stars…
Here’s what I mean. One large rectangle. Two small rectangles. Glue.
After cutting the basic shapes and glueing them together, I got Juliet involved. She rolled out the black ribbon and helped me glue each flag onto it. (If your child is old enough to cut with sharp scissors, this would be a fun project for him to do on his own. If your child is three…well, you’re stuck with the fun.)
If you are more meticulous and less hasty (as my husband would say), then yours will undoubtedly turn out more neat and beautiful than mine. (Sorry for the crooked cross, Switzerland!) One thing I did not think of when gluing the flags onto the ribbon was which way they should be hung. I have a feeling that French flag is upside down…(again, my deepest apologies to anyone’s flag I have butchered!)
Oh, I should mention, that I did make one exception and cut out a quasi-maple leaf shape in order to make the Canadian flag. I figured I couldn’t leave it out since it is the host country for the winter games this year!
Here are some great resources I used while making this project:
This site has a nice list of all the flags in alphabetical order. I just clicked through and found ones with rectangles and circles that I could copy. You could print the flags instead of making them out of felt or paper, but I didn’t want to use up that much ink.
This site is awesome! You can print out 3 different sizes for each flag–small, medium, or large. Then you can use them as a coloring sheet or as a pattern if you want to get fancy with your felt flags. If I wanted to make a more complicated one, I could have printed it out and cut it into pieces to use as a template.
I cannot end this post before mentioning this AMAZING post at Playing by the Book on flags. She and her daughters did the most fun project together with nautical flags. (I think I have mentioned this before, but really, it’s awesome and you should check it out.)
Do you have any good flag books or projects to share?
I’m linking this post up to Feed Me Books Friday!