We started by watching some videos about flags, including a good overall introduction from the Well...Actually channel on YouTube:
Following the advice of a TED talk on the design of flags*, Solomon made his own flags on 1 by 1.5 inch pieces of paper. The theory is, if it looks good on a piece of paper that size, it looks good on a flag pole in the distance. The designs also took into account flag advice from the UK's Flag Institute.
|Solomon's Flag Thumbnails|
Finally, Solomon painted the family flag. We cut up and hemmed a pillow case, as we couldn't find any suitable plain white tea-towels, and bought some Dylon fabric paints. The paints are quite expensive, and not necessarily the best choice for small children as you have to put a lot on your brush. If you have young children you may just want to paint your flags on paper with poster paints.
|Monica's Flag (aged 3)|
Next week's project: The English Civil War.
* a bit long for young children and some very mild swearing.