Mom lessons – Making it multicultural- Flag days!

So I write about mom lessons and have recently started writing about making it multicultural. Mostly I write activities I have tried myself but this time its an idea I have, spurred by one of the posts on this site.

You know I was thinking toddlers love colors and around the age of three they are ready for reading. Recognizing colorful flag symbols may be a first step towards symbol and pattern recognition. Also, for kids older than this, its a great way to become more aware of the world and apply their pre-reading and recogntion skills. I’m no expert, but I think it can be fun.

Also I think this is a great activity to do pre the olympics with your toddlers, preschoolers or kids.

I think a great way to start the flag story is to start talking about them. Google images will let you print out a range of flags – choose ones you like. You may choose ones that have special significance for you and your child. Countries you may have visited or your family may be from. Or even friends you know – that neighbor from China and Dora the Explorer from Mexico.  Or even your favorite foods – Pasta from Italy, pad thai from Thailand. Our life is so multicultural nowadays that it is not so difficult to find touches of countries from all over the world scattered in our daily lives.

Once you have chosen your countries, print out the flags of the countries. You can stick them on a wall atlas or hang them as a poster with labels for older kids to read or label everyday things or pictures in your life.

 You can, if your kids are older, label things that come from that country with mini flags, just to build recognition. I like pointing out flags of countries of the world hanging in our farmers market. You may like to play ‘find the flag’ with your kids.

Do let me know what you think of the idea and how it goes. I will try it too!

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5 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    That’s a great idea!

  2. Dora

    Thank you. Please let me know your suggestions as well.

  3. Kathy

    I see this is an old post so maybe no one will see my response, but my son is 3.5 and is doing great with learning flags!  I also taught him to recognize a few countries on colorful maps I printed from Google.  Then I got out books with pictures about different countries, as well as Putamayo music, so we can read and hear music from different countries.  I also got out a multicultural craft book from the library, so we made a paper Japanese doll with a Kimono, a castle from Europe, an African drum, etc.  When it´s warmer out I plan to take him to different supermarkets to buy and look at food from the different countries too.

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