Jamaica Unit Study: Dyed Rice Jamaican Flag Craft

The Jamaican flag is such a bold dramatic color combination and has such amazing meaning behind it. “The sun shineth, the land is green and the people are strong and creative” is the symbolism of the colors of the flag. Black depicts the strength and creativity of the people; Gold, the natural beauty of the sunlight and the wealth of the country; and Green signifies hope and agricultural resources.

I wanted to incorporate such a beautiful flag into our learning activities during our Jamaican unit. It had been awhile since I had dyed some rice, so I whiped up a couple batches in black, yellow and green.

I used a cup of rice, a tablespoon of vinegar and food coloring until I liked the shade. I put everything in ziplock baggie and mixed it around until I was happy with it, and then spread it out to dry on some paper towels. You may want to wear gloves because the food coloring at such concentrations can stain.

First print off a outline of the Jamaican Flag.

Next came the fun part – I had my kiddo put craft glue inside each color sections, making sure to have enough glue so that the rice would cover each color section evenly. She used her fingers and we just wiped off the excess with wet wipes – worked great!

We poured the colored rice in the corresponding colors over the wet glue and made sure it was evenly coated.

Then we poured the excess off to reveal a beautiful colored section.

We repeated this with the other colors until our flag was complete.

How gorgeous is this?!

What a fun way to learn the Jamaican flag!

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