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Age Range: 7-11 | 5-7
Duration: 60 or more mins
  • D & T

Make bunting for a party

Making flag bunting as a class for a celebration

Follow this easy and free STEM activity as you design and make your own homemade bunting to hang up at a party. Students will draw and colour a flag, using potato printing to enhance their design. As a class, they will then add all their flags to a piece of string and hang up their finished bunting.
This exercise is aimed at 4-11 year olds and could be used as a main lesson activity to teach about designing within a theme, printing with templates and/or teamworking skills. It could also be used as part of a wider scheme of learning, focusing on practical skills within graphics and graphic design. 

Activity: Make bunting for a party

 This is one of a series of free and printable resources designed to allow learners to use the theme of ‘celebration’ to develop their knowledge and skills in Design and Technology. This resource focuses on the designing and making of bunting to be put out at a party to celebrate an event. 
Download the activity sheet below for a step-by-step guide on how to make bunting for a party! 
Once each learner has produced their own flag designs, then these will be joined together to create the finished bunting for the party. 
As an extension learners could try using different shapes other than a triangle.
This is a fun and simple activity that will take approximately 60 – 90 minutes. 

Tools/resources required

  • Potatoes
  • Knives
  • Paint
  • Paper
  • Colouring pencils or pens
  • Scissors
  • Pencils and rulers
  • String
  • Stapler

Suggested learning outcomes

By the end of this activity students will be able to design a flag for bunting for a celebration. They will also be able to use potato printing techniques and they will be able to work as a team to assemble bunting from flags made by the whole class. 

The engineering context

All designers and engineers need to be able to produce ideas related to certain themes and follow a design brief. This ensures that the products they design will meet the needs of the end users, customers or clients.

Download the free Make bunting for a party activity sheet below!

All activity sheets and supporting resources are free to download, and all the documents are fully editable, so you can tailor them to your students’ and your schools’ needs. 
The activity sheet includes teacher notes, guidance, useful web links, and links (where appropriate) to the national curriculum in each of the four devolved UK nations; England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
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