We are off to the beautiful coastal South African country of Mozambique! A country that gained their independence from Portugal in 1975, Mozambique is home to the largest marine reserve in Africa.
According to Google:
“Mozambique is a southern African nation whose long Indian Ocean coastline is dotted with popular beaches like Tofo, as well as offshore marine parks. In the Quirimbas Archipelago, a 250km stretch of coral islands, mangrove-covered Ibo Island has colonial-era ruins surviving from a period of Portuguese rule. The Bazaruto Archipelago farther south has reefs which protect rare marine life including dugongs.”
Random Fact: There are only 5 country flags in the whole world that have a weapon depicted on their flag- Mozambique is the only one with a modern gun.
The flag is made up of green for the land, white for peace, black for the African continent, yellow represents the country’s minerals, and finally red represents the country’s struggle for peace. The rifle represents defense and vigilance, the book stands for the importance of education and the hoe represents agriculture. Finally, the star stands for Marxism and internationalism.
To make the flag you are going to need some time and patience- this is a tricker one.
Start by taping off the sections that will be white, two horizontal stripes and one angle. Paint the top green, middle black, bottom yellow, and the triangle red.
Once dry, peel off the tape and fill in the yellow, black, and green parts of the triangle.
Now for the star- I opted to cut out a yellow star and glue it on. I then layered the book, gun and hoe with paint.
There you have it! The flag of Mozambique 🙂
The Mozambique marine reserves are protecting several varieties of fish and 5 out of the world’s 7 endangered turtles. All of this is possible due in part to the coral reefs that surround Mozambique in the Indian Ocean. If you are able I encourage you to take your little explorers to an aquarium, it really is magical. One of my favorites is in Atlanta, Georgia USA- there is a glass tunnel you can walk through and see fish all around you.
Unfortunately for us, we are far enough away and COVID is revving back up in our area as I write this so we opted for a remote option- live reef cams! This is a real thing, there are live stream cameras placed in aquariums and natural reefs all around the world and for FREE you can watch these fish. So that is what we did!
Visit Explore.org for all sorts of live nature cameras all over the world! We also went to coloringhome.com, picked out our favorite coral reef pictures, printed them out and colored while enjoying the relaxing nature of fish swimming in a coral reef.
For more coral reef fun check out one of our adventures in Australia!