Geography is one of our favorite subjects and learning about country flags of the world is one of our top topics in Geography because flags are just fascinating! We have tied our Geography lessons in with the upcoming Winter Olympics! In this post, we will share a wonderful list of olympic games for kids including country flags of the world printables, crafts, activities and ideas.
Books for Kids about Flags of the World and the Olympics
The Winter Olympics begin on February 9th and will be held in South Korea. Here are some great books for kids to learn more about flags countries the world. They can also read some fantastic books about the olympics for kids.
Flags of the WorldComplete Flags of the WorldThe World Encyclopedia of Flags: The definitive guide to internationalThe Book of Flags: Flags from around the world andA Kid’s Guide to the 2018 Winter GamesSNOWMAN PAUL at the WINTER OLYMPICS (Volume 2)The Winter OlympicsThe Winter Olympics For Kids
1 Use Printable Flags of Participating Countries
Learning about many country flags of the world is easier with hands-on visuals, such as this fun set of flag 3-part cards. As part of our Olympics kids activities, we are definitely including this set and, as we compare our flags to the list of countries participating in the Winter Olympics, we can mark the ones that match. You can get this set at the end of this post.
2 Go Ice Skating
There are so many great studies about flags and their countries, which definitely add so much fun to Geography lessons. Aside from the flags visual, activities that are kinesthetic (those that involve movement) are a lot of fun. This year, the Winter Olympics have many sports and we are excited to watch them all!
Some of the sports with ice skates include:
- FIGURE SKATING
- FREESTYLE SKIING
- ICE HOCKEY
- SHORT TRACK SPEED SKATING
- SPEED SKATING
Wouldn’t it be fun to go to your local ice skating rink and pretend to be olympians in these five fun sports? Watch your kids figure skate as they make up their own routine or play hockey together as a family.
3 Pretend to Play Ski Sports
What part of the world get the most snow? Where do most Winter olympians come from? In our awesome Olympic games for kids set of activities, we enjoy finding the answers to these questions and more! So now, it is time to take of your ice skates and put on your skis!
As a family, we sometimes play the Wii Sports games and have so much fun to pretend ski. We also enjoy using our water skis and practice as ski olympians do. Some sports that use skis in the Winter Olympics are:
- ALPINE SKIING
- CROSS COUNTRY SKIING
- NORDIC COMBINED
- SKI JUMPING
4 Flags of the World Garland
Out of the seven continents of the world, we can definitely say that six participate in the Winter Olympics. That is so fantastic! You and your kids can pick your favorite countries from all 6 continents, find the flags of those countries and make a garland to celebrate the Olympics.
All you need is the free flags printable from this post, string and glue. Cut the flags out with a small white lip on the left of each flag so you can clod it over the string and glue. Hang it up somewhere fun and keep track on when those countries will be participating in the events.
5 Olympic Medal Craft
I think that every single area of the world values competition, winning an dearning something good for excelling or working hard. It is just so great to have something (a memento, a craft, a gift, etc) that reminds ys of our accomplishments, right?
In our Olympic games for kids lessons, we definitely include making the 3 medals that are awarded during the Olympics. First place gets a golden medal. Second place gets a silver medal and third place gets a bronze medal.
Use cardboard or cardstock, metallic sharpies in gold, silver and bronze, scissors and 1 inch ribbon to create beautiful medals the kids will enjoy playing with. Simply draw 3 circles that are about 3 inches in diameter on the cardboard or card stock. Have the kids use the metallic sharpies to color the surface on both sides.
Then cut the circles and help them cut a slit on the top. Also help them feed the 1 inch ribbon through the slit, make it long enough for the medal to fall naturally in the middle of their chest and tie a knot.
6 Bead or Button Winter Olympics Craft
In our Geography lesson plans, I always include fun crafts. As we learn about countries that participate in Winter Olympics and where they are located, we think of relevant and related crafts to make with the kids.
Here, you can see a craft of a person in a skate race in the Winter Olympics. The medium they chose was candy that looks like pills. I personally wouldn’t recommend that, but the idea is fun. So I ran with it, but instead of candy that looks like pills, I’d choose beads in different colors and shapes or buttons in different colors and sizes.
With a pencil, lightly sketch a skate racer, a figure skater or a snowboarder from the Olympics. Use beads or buttons and glue to bring the sketch to life and draw or sketch action around them, like in our sample picture.
7 Olympics Rocks Craft
While we would have a hard time memorizing the flags of all countries in the world, we can certainly include a dozen or so in our Olympic activities for kids! This is a fun craft that uses none other than rocks.
Look through the countries and flags of the world that will be participating in the Winter Olympics this year and find your favorites. Draw the 5 rings that are the symbol of the Olympics and sketch, draw or paint the flags you picked either on the paper or on the smooth rocks!
See, if you paint the flags on the rocks and then make them have arms and feet, the rocks become athletes in the Winter Olympics and the flags on them let us know where they’re from. Isn’t that awesome?! This is such a fun idea to include in your olympics activities that a kid will love and want to do over and over again.
8 Drawing Winter Olympic Activities with Kids
Activities about the Winter olympics for kids can be so much fun. They can learn about countries and flags of the world, have hand-on activities and crafts and so much more. If you’re doing Geography lessons for kids that tie in with the Olympics, be sure to include this art project. Kids will enjoy it.
There are several Winter Olympics sports that don’t require ice skate or skis! Take a look at what these are:
You can make a drawing of the 5 rings that represent the Olympics. Each of the 5 circles represents a continent (North and South America are bundled into one).
Then you can find out which countries are competing in which sports. You can find out in the Winter Olympics official site. Then, draw a silhouette picture of one of those sports in each circle.
For example, if you find out that the Americas will be participating in hockey, then draw a silhouette of a hockey player inside that circle. If a country in Africa is participating in bobsledding, draw a silhouette of a person in a bobsled inside the circle that represents Africa and so on.
9 Make an Olympics Podium
Another fun Olympics activity idea that ties in with the medal craft mentioned above is to find three bins or boxes in varying heights and make an Olympics podium to award the medal to the winners in each category.
You can use your printable flags from all over world and just take turns awarding medals and playing that country’s national anthem or you can actually follow real Winter Olympic events and pretend to give the medals but to the countries that have really won those in South Korea.
Flags of the World Printable
Now it’s your turn to download and print out this set of flags of the world for kids! It is perfect to use during the Winter Olympic games with kids, during the Summer Olympics or anytime! Simply enter your email below and check your inbox. The link to your download file will be right there! If you don’t see it in your inbox, check the spam and junk folders.
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