Flags of Africa – Geography Activity for Kindergarten Children

Sometimes parents and teachers are left puzzled because their young preschool and kindergarten-age children refuse to pick up a pencil and show no interest in drawing or coloring. And as we know these two fine motor activities are very important as they prepare children for writing and indirectly benefit brain development in a major way.

Flags of Africa learning activity

We might not realize it, but when we offer a young child a coloring activity that engages them we might be beginning the training of little fingers and young mighty brain to become a surgeon who will be performing life-saving surgeries in the future. We can’t possibly overestimate the importance of fine motor exercises at young preschool and kindergarten age.

Africa Flags 3 Part Cards

Like with many other subjects, under the umbrella of teaching Geography, we can incorporate

Here is an example of how a simple exercise such as learning about different countries of the African continent, their flags, and their location on the map can encompass and accomplish so many goals mentioned above.

Africa being an incredibly diverse continent, presents a great challenge for children when it comes to learning its political geography. I have no illusion thinking that my kindergarten-age child will remember and learn to identify all 54 countries and 4 territories, their flags, and geographical location.

However, all I look for is a spark in the child’s eyes and interest. If the child is engaged and loves this learning experience, all I am concerned about is the process – making sure it is engaging and developmentally appropriate.

This week in our homeschool we are learning about African flags. There is so much history and symbolism that goes behind each individual flag.

I created the Flags of Africa printable with 3 part cards and blackline master to allow educators to use this resource in various ways and choose what works best in their setting.

Africa Flags 3 Part Cards

Here is how we used Flags of Africa 3 part cards and how you might like to use in your classroom.

Africa Flags 3 Part Cards

Print 3 part cards and blackline master with the cursive tracing font. The printable also includes a print font version and a student booklet with space for independent writing.

Africa Flags 3 Part Cards

Gather coloring pencils, a pencil for tracing/writing, a stapler.

Africa Flags 3 Part Cards

Line up labeled picture cards with flags and corresponding country’s names. Place picture cards and label cards somewhere near. Invite the child to match the flag to the flag and the label to the label.

Set 3-5 pairs of picture and label cards aside.

Using those pairs as a reference, invite the child to trace/copy names of the countries, color the flag and highlight the country location on the African map.

Repeat over the course of time until the child gathers all countries and territories in his or her book.

child coloring African flag

As an extension, if the child is interested, have the child locate different countries on the world map or globe.

Africa Flags 3 Part Cards

If you have younger children under your care, print both sets and cut cards without cutting labels off. Play a matching game or shuffle cards and invite the child to find matches by playing a memory game.

Africa Flags 3 Part Cards

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  About Anastasia. Anastasia is the founder of Montessori Nature, a blog about Montessori - inspired and Nature-based explorations. She taught in a Montessori setting for 10 years and has been practicing the Montessori way of learning and living for the last 19 years. She loves designing engaging educational printables for children. Learn more here. 

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