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Learning Why Countries Fly Flags! Independence Day Kids Project

A very happy Independence day to all my fellow Indians – in India and around the world :)

Festivals and special days – like – the Independence Day, Father’s Day or Children’s Day have always found a special place in our art and craft schedule!

Though we never plan in advance for what we will do for the festival, Pari and I always know that we WILL do some related art and craft. Mostly, it’s on the spur of the day. Last year, we had done some fabric painting on her Tshirt in the colours of the Indian flag. In the bargain, we renovated her old plain white T shirt.

This time, when she came back from school, I told her to gear up for a special art and learning fun in the evening for the run-up to the Independence day (tomorrow -15th August).

I thought, instead of doing something in the routine tricolour (Indian Flag) theme (not that it’s not fun!), why not tell her about the significance of a flag. So, we started with what is a country (in a more elaborate way that she had known until now), why a country flies flag, what is a National Anthem, about India’s independence, what it means to be free – to be independent.

Then, I went on to read some fascinating facts about the countries around the world from an awesome book which is a part of “I Wonder Why” series by Grolier publications. Such facts as – the biggest country (Russia), the country with most people (China), the highest country (Tibet), which dress (the Indian saree!) has no stitches, no buttons or zips, where (Scotland) do men wear skirts and many more stories are beautifully illustrated with lucid, informal words and interesting examples.

See pictures of some pages from the book:

We then moved on to the ‘doing’ part of the project. I asked Pari if she would like to draw and colour flags of different countries. And, as usual, she was pretty excited about the idea.

I have got a collection of business cards that are of no use and yet, I have held on to them since years thinking I will reuse them for any crafting project.

And voila! This was the time to reuse those waste cards. On the opposite side of the cards – that is – on the white space, I sketched the flags for Pari. I suggested a few countries and a few others she chose. So, India (ofcourse!), U.S. (she chose because she’s been there), Brazil (I suggested to her saying Vitoria Aunty – my dearest friend – is from Brazil!), Australia (she already recognized the flag from her school books), China (she knew this as well) and some other countries – Pakistan, Germany, Jamaica, Canada.

This project was great not just in terms of the learning, drawing and colouring but also in terms of observation and attentiveness that it developed. For some flags, we went to the laptop to google the image and take note of the colours and pattern. I noticed that when Pari moved from back from the laptop (which was at the opposite end of the dining/drawing table) to drawing, she retained the details in her mind. Infact, corrected my on some occasions saying there were so many stripes in that flag or it was light green and not dark green and things like these.

I would have wanted to make a book cover or a collage or a wall mural with these flags. But Pari had other ideas. She wanted to stick a post to each and plant them in a planter! I went out looking for some sand the next day but could not find. Finally, dug out some soil from our flower pots and laid in a small shallow ceramic tray. Pari planted these flags in the tray and called it a ‘Flag Garden’! Hmmm…! Pretty creative, I would say! What do you all think?

And this pic has been clicked my my budding lil photograpger – Pari :)

I would love to know about your Independence Day art and craft project with your kid.
Or, your own. Yeah, why not?

I often crave to have my own art time as well. But, these have become a rarity last few years…I really hope that I can squeeze in some art time for my own sake. Amen!

And, that day will be MY Independence Day! :))

Check out my last year’s Independence Day post titled : “He who defines duty for himself is his own master”

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  • sahiba August 14, 2010, 6:16 pm

    just as i was about to log out for the day..saw this..couldn’t resist commenting..both my kids are seeing pari’s art work and wondering if they can do this…must say u really inspire me to get creative with my kids…i guess if u have passion you can make anytime funtime..love you for this..Pari u r doing a great job…keep it up baby..

    • Rashmie Jaaju August 21, 2010, 11:29 am

      Sahiba, thanks for your encouraging words! When you all leave nice comments, I always tell Pari about it and she feels super excited :)
      I will visit PT soon. Last few days were crazy as Pari was not keeping well…
      I hope your daughter is feeling better now…

  • Pritam August 14, 2010, 9:39 pm

    Happy Independance day!!!
    Superb again….

  • Vitoria August 15, 2010, 3:20 am

    Dear Rashmie and Pari,

    Auntie Vitoria is very happy and proud that you pick my Country flag: Brazil. Even I learned things about other
    Countries because of your project. Great job!

    • Rashmie Jaaju September 1, 2010, 6:42 pm

      Dear Vitoria, Brazil has always been my favourite country because of the spirit of the Brazilian people, their love for the game (football).
      And now, we love it all the more because it’s YOUR country :)

  • Vitoria August 15, 2010, 3:24 am

    Pari, I love to look at your pictures. You have beautiful face and magnetic eyes. You will be a flirt when you grow up…

    Auntie loves you

    • Rashmie Jaaju September 1, 2010, 6:40 pm

      haha, I will pass on your comment to Pari, Vitoria :)
      But, I honestly wish she will focus more on learning/creativity and less on her beauty as she grows up!

  • amandab August 21, 2010, 11:23 am

    What a great activity for children learning about different countries! And her flags are much better than what I could do! :)

    • Rashmie Jaaju August 21, 2010, 11:26 am

      Thanks Amanda for your sweet comment! Just checking your blog. The shell art looks great.

  • The Artful Parent August 21, 2010, 8:13 pm

    What a great idea for reusing business cards! And I love the photos of your daughter. She looks like such a confidant, fun kid!

    • Rashmie Jaaju September 1, 2010, 6:37 pm

      Thanks Jean for your comment. Sorry, did not reply earlier as I probably missed this comment amongst the loads of spammy comments that I have been getting recently. They’re such a nuisance that one actually misses comments from genuine readers.

      I never see any spammy comment on your blog despite the fact that you let the comments publish immediately. Is there any special plugin that you use to stop all the spam?

  • Karyn August 25, 2010, 9:23 pm

    I love this project. Wish I had thought of something like it when we had our independance day.

    • Rashmie Jaaju August 31, 2010, 6:02 pm

      Thanks Karyn for visiting my blog and commenting.

  • Ashu Singh September 1, 2010, 3:52 pm

    Hi…Liked your art celebration with ur daughter.The way everything is being conducted is awesome….i liked flag garden plus i must say excellent photos being taken.

    • Rashmie Jaaju September 1, 2010, 6:33 pm

      Thanks Ashu! I love clicking through the whole process of doing these activities…
      I am glad you like the pics :)

  • Lakshmi Balan October 9, 2010, 5:51 pm

    Lovely photos and really gr8 works yaar
    would like to take training from you to spend creative time with kids. I am absolutely non creative in the sense of making art and craft materials.Haan but story telling can go on for hours but my younger son would not sit in one place except when he is about to sleep so generally holidays are spent lazying around my DH and kids together

    • Rashmie Jaaju October 9, 2010, 9:28 pm

      Thanks Lakshmi for your compliments :)
      Regarding creativity, well, alright, it’s good for me that I am inclined towards creativity. But, believe me, one doesn’t have to be creative from the aspect of drawing and painting and the like, to foster a creative environment for the kids at home. You can just show them a direction and then just let them be and let them do what they want to. The idea really is to enhance their imagination and make their minds more fertile.

      Some ideas – create one small space in the house that is their art space. Give them easy access to different kinds of art material – sketch pens, water colour, poster colours, wax colours, fid-friendly scissors, glue, glitters, tape. Their art can evolve from just about anything. Don’t restrict and never judge. But yes, when they create/draw/paint something, prod them by asking questions. Questions like – “where do you think this bird is flying to?”, “why is the sky so blue; what time of the day do you think it is?”etc.

      Just a few ideas… :)

  • Pritam January 25, 2011, 5:58 am

    Hi Rashmie,
    Here i visit again to steal your idea….Yes!! My son reminded me yesterday that we saw one page wherein they have done something with flags and he wanna do the same…
    Lets see what we can do…

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