Wow! I am so sorry it's been so long since I've posted. I've just been busy living life and haven't gotten around to doing a post. We have been learning a bit about the Olympics in our classroom these past two weeks in honor of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. One activity that has been immensely popular is the flag work. A discussion of the Olympic games is a natural tie-in with geography. As I explained that athletes from all over the world come together to compete, I pulled out our North America puzzle to show the children where Canada is in relation to the United States. I decided to keep it simple and just put out flags for USA, Canada, and the Olympic flag. I found blackline printables of the American and Canadian flags at Coloring Castle. I ended up reducing the size of the flags to 75% of the original for this work. That way they fit much better on a regular size drinking straw. However, my youngest son has been wanting to make lots of flags at home so I've been printing out a bunch of full-size flags too. I like how the flags at Coloring Castle can be printed with a coded coloring key. I found the Olympic flag printable at First School. The First School site has a bunch of great information and activities for the Olympics so be sure to check it out.
To set up this work I printed out an American and Canadian flag in color on white cardstock and laminated them. I colored in a copy of the Olympic flag and laminated it. Then I stuck the three flags to the back of a shelf with the materials on top as shown below. To do this work two children may sit at the white tables shown so they are facing the control flags. That way they can see how to color each flag.
On top of the shelf are three baskets/trays with the blank flag copies..........
.........a pencil for writing names on the back, scissors for cutting out the flag, markers for coloring the flag, and straws. When the child is finished coloring and cutting out their flag, they bring the flag and a straw to a teacher who then helps them tape their flag to the straw.