When I think about the Olympics, one of the things I think about (besides the latest news headlines) is all the flags from countries around the world. I think about the beautiful athletes marching in with their national flags. I imagine the flags on the scoreboards and at the medal ceremonies.
The Olympics seems like the perfect opportunity to teach my kids about flags, and how to identify some of them.
First, though, I have to admit something embarrassing.
Even though I’ve traveled a lot and am generally well-educated, I can’t identify international flags very well. I know the biggest ones, but there are plenty of medium sized ones that I confuse.
Well, it’s time to learn them right along with my kids, and in time for the Summer Games.
I pulled up the top 15 countries in terms of medal count from the last Olympics, and made game cards out of those countries’ flags.
Games for Learning Flags
To play, print the olympic flags game cards on card stock and cut apart. Notice that one of the pages of flags has the country names printed below the flags, and the other doesn’t. Begin with the labelled flags, and then when the kids are ready, increase the difficulty by switching to the unlabeled flags.
You can play with the cards several ways:
- Match country names to the names on the flag cards
- Match the flags to their countries on a world map
- Turn the cards face down and play concentration – choose 2 types of cards to match.
- Deal each child 4 cards face up in front of him. Then, kids take turns drawing cards. If the drawn card matches, the player turns the pair face down. Play continues until one player has 4 sets of face down pairs.
I was surprised by how interested all 3 kids were in these flag cards. They’ll be ready to follow along when the summer games begin. So will I.
This post is part of the KCAdventures 50+ Olympic Activities for Kids event. Be sure to check it out for even more Olympic-related ideas for children.