Olympic Flag

What you’ll need:

Printout of the Olympic flag for visual aid
1/2 Sheet of white paper per child
Blue, black, red, yellow, and green paint
Paper plate or wax paper
A ring-shaped object (a biscuit cutter or upside-down drinking glass) for stamping
Drinking straws
Clear tape
  1. Pour a shallow puddle of each paint color onto paper plate.
  2. Dip the ring shape into the blue paint and stamp in the appropriate position on flag.
  3. Repeat with each color of paint and allow to dry.
  4. Mount flags onto drinking straws with tape.

Symbolism of the Olympic Flag (via www.olympic.org)

Pierre de Coubertin, the father of the modern Olympic Games, explains the meaning of the flag :

The Olympic flag […] has a white background, with five interlaced rings in the centre: blue, yellow, black, green and red […]. This design is symbolic; it represents the five continents of the world, united by Olympism, while the six colours are those that appear on all the national flags of the world at the present time. 

(1931) Textes choisis, vol. II, p.470. 


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