Here’s a simple Union Jack template to print on A4 paper and colour in. If you like, you can even cut it out, attach a stick and turn it into a proper, waveable flag!
Printing and colouring in this Union Jack template could make a fantastic activity to keep the kids entertained and engaged as you discuss an important date in the United Kingdom calendar, such as VE Day or the Queen’s Jubilee.
It could also be a wonderful activity to try at your toddler group or nursery – colouring is always great fun!
What is the Union Jack?
The Union Jack, also known as the Union Flag, is the national flag of the United Kingdom. In Canada, it’s known as the Royal Union Flag.
The Union Jack has its origins way back in 1606. It represented the union of three kingdoms when James VI of Scotland ascended to the English and Irish thrones.
The wide red cross in the centre of the flag represents England, the white represents Scotland, and the thinner red lines represent Ireland.
Wales isn’t separately represented on the flag because the kingdom already united with England in the 13th century.
On special occasions relating to the United Kingdom’s history, and also during big sporting events in which the UK is taking part, such as the Olympics, people will sometimes choose to wave Union Jack flags, and this template will help you make them!
How to get your Union Jack template
Simply print the PDF and it’s ready for you to colour in.
You could use colouring pencils…
Or you could use paint to colour your flag!
There’s a little coloured flag at the top of the printable to help remind you which colours go where.
However, if you’d like a little more help, why not download this Colour guided Union Jack template, which has spots of pale colour to help guide you.
When you print it out, the colours will show up quite pale, ready to help you colour in.
It’s great fun and means you still get to do the colouring for yourself.
If you’d prefer to print a ready coloured flag for your celebrations, there’s an option for that too! Just download this Fully coloured Union Jack Flag printable.
It will print with vibrant reds and blues – very patriotic!
Once you’ve fully coloured your flag, you can cut it out.
Simply cut around the thicker rectangular outline.
To add a handle, cut the point off a wooden skewer. Tape the skewer to the back of your flag along one of the shorter edges.
Ta da! A fantastic flag ready to wave with glee at your next United Kingdom celebration.
And if you enjoyed this activity, why not download my Union Jack bunting printable too, to add even more colourful decorations to your celebrations!
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