We are leaving Oceania behind and heading back to Africa, to the Southeastern country of Namibia! Situated between the Atlantic Ocean to the East, South Africa to the South, Botswana to the West and Zambia and Angola to the North. Namibia is home to the Namib desert- the desert actually gave the country it’s name when they gained independence in 1990.
The Namib desert is the oldest desert in the world, let that one sink in… out of all of the deserts IN THE WORLD, the Namib desert is the oldest. That just blows my mind!
The Namibian Flag
When Namibia gained their independence they adopted a new flag.
Red to represent the Namibian people, white for peace and unity, blue for the Atlantic ocean and sky, green for vegetation, and the sun represents life and energy.
To make your own flag start by folding the flag in half on a diagonal from bottom left to top right. Then tape on either side of the crease to mark out where the white lines will be on either side of the red stripe.
Next comes paint, blue in the top left section, red down the middle and green in the bottom right.
Remove the tape, with our paper it works best to do it while the paint is still wet.
Then cut out a yellow sun with triangle rays. Once dry, glue the sun to the flag and you are done!
Namib Dessert Activity
The Namib desert is so important to Namibia that we couldn’t learn about this country without learning about the Namib desert. My biggest question was how? Martin has yet to go to a beach, but he has played with sand in a sand box- it is the middle of winter here in the midwest, so we couldn’t exactly go play outside in a sand box. I also knew I wanted to provide Martin with some indoor tactile play instead of a craft, so I turned to kinetic sand. If you are not familiar with kinetic sand, it feels like wet sand that never dries and it is very easy to clean up! We set up on the kitchen floor in a small plastic tub and Martin went to town playing with the sand.
We made dunes, and pretended to be the wind reshaping the sand into smaller and larger dunes, we had a lot of fun!