The Commonwealth Games 2014 are being held in Glasgow from July 23rd to August 3rd and are set to be the largest multi-sport event ever held in Scotland. With about 4,500 athletes from 71 Commonwealth teams competing across 261 events in 17 different sports there’s plenty of scope for getting your children to engage with the latest date in the summer’s sporting calendar whether it be through the sport itself, the different countries taking part or the pagentry of the occasion…
The Games’ official website invites you to meet Clyde, the official mascot. As well as various wallpapers available to download, there’s also a variety of colouring pages featuring the thistle who “has one of the most important jobs in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games – he’s the friendly face who’s there to help everyone enjoy events and proudly represent Scotland!” There’s ten sheets to download that picture the purple-haired plant trying out some of the sports for himself including athletics, squash and weight-lifting.
Linking to the official education programme, teaching resources website Instant Display also includes a range of banners, design challenges, colouring pages for each of the 17 sports, printable medals, flags and certificate.
Another website offering a comprehensive range of downloads on the theme is Activity Village boasting “well over 800 printable pages of Commonwealth Games activities to enjoy with the kids” including colouring, puzzles, worksheets, learn to draw activities, sports, countries, bunting, flashcards, bookmarks, frames, posters, display letters, trivia challenges and more!
Flag mad and just want to head straight to images of the national emblems of the 71 countries competing? Then head to PaperZip. They’re available in three versions – two to a page, four to a page and high quality individual PNG image files and each flag has the name of the country underneath.
Want to find out which sports will appeal to your children before you start downloading? Then check out Mother & Baby’s lovely feature on 8 Commonwealth Games Your Toddler Will Love To Try. Skittles (lawn bowls), triking (cycling), obstacle courses (athletics) and socks into a wastepaper basket (netball) are just some of the fun activites the whole family will be wanting to join in.
Or would you like to catch a glimpse of the Games from a mummy’s eye view? Then why not follow Glasgow Mummy’s blog who’s a part of #TEAM14 and very excited by both the sun and the buzz in the air of her Scottish city?
Do you love finding free printables on the internet? Do you have any particular favourites? Or have you featured some on your own blog? Email karen.malpass @ inkfactory.com with your fun-filled links and we may be able to feature them in a future post!