If you’re looking for activities to get you in the spirit for the Olympic and you enjoy crafting with natural elements, you’ll love these flag rocks that manage to beautifully combine the two.
The Summer Olympics is the perfect opportunity to teach kids about the flags of the participating countries and help them identify some of them.
It’s a simple craft though it depends on the flags you decide to paint. Some of them are pretty complex to replicate on little rocks.
I had to paint Brazil (host country), Romania (my native country), Belgium (I lived there before moving to the US) and a few countries we visited throughout the years, like Mexico and Switzerland. I left the most complicated to the end and that was the US flag.
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How to make flag rocks
- rocks (if you can’t find rounded rocks you can always buy a bag of polished river stones)
Step 1: Choose the flags you want to paint
Step 2: Use a pencil to outline the design of the flags on rocks
Step 3: Use acrylic paint to color the rocks. You may feel more comfortable with a marker for some details, like the Olympic rings.
Once the Rio Olympics is done you can toss the Olympic flag rock but keep the rest and include them in little games. Pair them with a world map and show kids where they can find the countries corresponding to the painted flag rocks. You can also print out the same flags on card stock cards with the country names written underneath and play a matching game.