Rugby World Cup kids activity – flags in a cup (printable)

This year’s Rugby World Cup opens this Friday so this printable is just in time. Laurence is well into rugby (I am trying to be a bit more open) and he’d love the girls to get a taste for it too. He’s even taking Talitha to see Fiji and Australia play in Cardiff next week. We thought it would be fun to theme some activities around the Rugby World Cup so he’s put together this flag printable to get us all familiar with the countries playing.

The idea is that we’ll take a flag out every time a team gets knocked out. In the meantime, we’re enjoying which flag goes with which country and look at them on our world map on the wall and in our children’s atlas.

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The back of each flag has the country’s name and is coloured according to pool. For the uninitiated (like me), there are five countries in a pool. They all play each other and the two with the most points (they get points for winning or drawing) move forward. Once that happens, you can remove three flags from each group. You could choose to make it a cup per group but we decided to have all of ours in a cup.

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You will need 20 drinking straws or skewers, glue (a gluestick is easiest), scissors and a print out of the PDF. More detailed instructions in the PDF (download below). Have fun!

Download: Circus-Queen_RWC_2005_flag_printable
Rugby World Cup 2015 kids activity - flags in a cup


  1. September 14, 2015 / 2:31 pm

    Cute idea! I used to be SO into rugby at uni – even getting up at 7am to watch some of the games. I went to see matches live (I went to Cardiff for my first degree which is a rugby mad city) and loved every second. But since then I’ve lost interest and don’t really follow the game any more. I would love to get back into it though, as there’s nothing like the excitement of following a game and being really invested in who’s going to win. I WAY prefer rugby to football.

    • September 14, 2015 / 8:33 pm

      Wow! My brother follows cricket that way. Sets his alarm to get up in the middle of the night sometimes!

  2. September 14, 2015 / 3:58 pm

    Brilliant idea to get the children interested in other countries and open up a discussion about which flag comes from where! My family loves rugby too but they love Rugby League – is it Rugby Union that you have posted about?

  3. September 14, 2015 / 9:47 pm

    What a fantastic idea, a great way to learn flags as well ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  4. September 15, 2015 / 7:30 am

    We are not really into Rugby here, football is our game of choice. I didn’t even realise it was the rugby world cup until I saw it on the One Show
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  5. September 15, 2015 / 8:31 am

    What a great activity for children. For the Football World Cup we printed off flags and stuck them around the house, removing them as each team was knocked out !

  6. September 15, 2015 / 9:11 am

    What a great idea Adele. The husband is a huge sports fan and we are looking forward to the RWC starting, I might do this to keep track of the teams and help Cheeky Chap learn about flags!
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  7. September 15, 2015 / 4:27 pm

    What a brilliant idea and serves so many different purposes. I used to be teacher so I loved coming up with creative games like this – this would have been ideal with a class of kids (although they all loved football, not rugby) x

  8. September 15, 2015 / 7:22 pm

    I love this idea! We’re really into flags from different countries and this is a really fun way of learning the flags and countries…and the rules of rugby too…I had no idea about pools!!

  9. September 15, 2015 / 9:43 pm

    E made sandcastle flags with my mum over the summer so would be so into it. We used the really thin wooden coffee stirrers we ‘borrowed’ from a coffee chain. Alex is into all sports so I can guarantee we’ll be watching it.

  10. September 21, 2015 / 10:39 am

    What a great (& cute) idea! My bigger two are really getting into the rugby world cup!
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  11. Lizzie
    September 24, 2015 / 2:55 pm

    Thanks Adele, this is lovely! Did it this morning – they loved it and are now very excited about rugby! I love how pretty the flags look in their cup! xxx

    • September 30, 2015 / 4:23 pm

      @undefined Thrilled that the kids did this and have been enjoying it! I’ve only just seen this comment, sorry! You must have wondered why I was surprised when you mentioned having done it yesterday!

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