You will need
- Paperclips and envelopes (optional)
Before you begin
- Print out the 'Match up markings' cards in colour and cut them out.
- Create separate packs of cards for the groups. Each group needs a pack containing at least six airlines. There should be two marking cards and one flag card for each airline.
- Separate the packs using paper clips and place in an envelope.
- The person leading the activity should split everyone into small groups of three to four people and give each group a pack of cards.
- Each group should lay one set of the marking cards on a table or the floor.
- Everyone should then try to match the flags to the correct airlines.
Match up the markings
- In groups, everyone should place two set of cards face down and mix them up.
- Taking it in turns, the players should turn over one card and say which airline or country it belongs to. They should then turn over another card. If it matches, they can keep the pair. If not, they should turn the cards back face down. Then the next player has a go.
- The winner is the person who ends the game with the most pairs of cards.
This activity helped everyone to recognise the airline markings and flags of different countries. Was it easy for the group to guess which airline belonged to which country? Did noticing common colours or symbols in the flags and logos help? Did they recognise countries from distinctive symbols, such as the Qantas kangaroo? Some airlines create the feeling of flight by using birds – can anyone remember which ones they are?
Flags and airline logos help people recognise which countries they belong to and feel pride. Everyone should chat about whether they have a favourite airline marking and why they like it – it can be one that’s not included in the packs.