Growing up in the Bahamas might be quite different to your own life! Do some research, then write a diary entry describing what it's like living there...
What do you know about the Bahamas? We've pulled together a few interesting facts here, to share with the kids. Scroll down for our Bahamas flag printables and flag colouring page...
Paradise Island, Nassau, Bahamas
A Little Geography...
- The Bahamas are an archipelago of over 700 islands and 2400 cays and islets. Located off the south east coast of Florida, above the island of Cuba, the Bahamas stretches over a wide expanse of ocean.
- Only 30 islands are inhabited with the vast majority of the 350,000 Bahamians living in the capital Nassau, on the island of New Providence.
- The islands have a warm tropical climate, but, like much of the Caribbean, are vulnerable to tropical storms from June to December.
- In 1992, during Hurricane Andrew, winds reached 160mph and caused $250m of damage.
A Little History...
- Nassau was originally a pirate harbour named Charles Town. Blackbeard, the famous pirate, built his house here In 1697!
- The Bahamas were originally settled by Cubans in 300-400AD and the Lucayans from 900-1400 AD. They were visited by Christopher Columbus in 1492, who named the islands of the shallow sea 'baja mar'.
- The Bahamas became a British colony in 1717.
- George Washington visited in 1760.
- The Bahamas became independent in 1973.
And Some Interesting Facts...
- Tourists flock to the famous Junkanoo carnival each December to enjoy colourful costumes and street parades. Some people believe that the carnival dates back to a holiday given to slaves in the 18th century; others believe it derives from the French for 'gens inconnus' or unknown people, referring the masks that were traditionally worn.
- The Abacos islands attract sailors from around the world.
- Divers come for the coral reefs which contain shipwrecks, sharks and turtles!
Green turtle in the Bahamas
- Amongst many native birds is the Bahamian parrot, an endangered species.
- Seafood is very popular, including conch and rock lobster. You can also eat a tasty soup called souse made from vegetables, lime juice and meat.
- Film actor Sir Sidney Poitier came from Cat Island, although he was born whilst his mother visited Miami. Tonique Williams-Darling won the 400 metres gold medal in 2004 and has had a highway named in her honour.
- Ernest Hemingway lived on westernmost island Bimini. Located just 53 miles from the US mainland, this former pirate haven was used by rum smugglers during the prohibition in the 1930s.
About the Bahamian Flag
The National flag of the Bahamas was adopted in July 1973. The black equilateral triangle on the left hand side represents the unity and determination of the people of The Bahamas. The three equal, horizontal stripes, coloured aquamarine blue and yellow, are said to represent the country's two greatest resources: the sea and the sun.
Our Bahamas Resources
Use this Venn diagram worksheet to compare and contrast life for children in the Bahamas with your own life at home.
This interesting worksheet asks the kids to compare their own daily life with that of a child growing up in the Bahamas. How would things like the food they eat, their education and the games they play differ?
Find out the facts requested on this worksheet, and soon you will know a little about the Bahamas...
This easy-to-print poster is full of facts about The Bahamas, including the capital city, population, currency and more!
This handy factsheet has lots of quick facts about the Bahamas all in one place, plus a map and a flag too.
This worksheet is designed to help children recognise the Bahamas' location within the context of North America. Choose a prompted or blank version below.
Here's a colouring page featuring the gorgeous national flower of The Bahamas, the Yellow Elder.
Fun Fact: This beautiful evergreen shrub can grow up to 20 feet in height!
Whether you are looking at Bahamas for a school project or just for fun our notebooking pages are a good place to present your research.
Here is a simplified outline of North America, with a close-up of the Caribbean islands and the Bahamas.
There's space to draw 5 pictures on this fun Bahamas picture gallery! Or you could print out and cut and stick some photographs if you prefer...
Print and cut out this postcard from the Bahamas, then fold in half and stick together. Now you have a postcard from the Bahamas, can you pretend you're on holiday there and write the postcard for a friend back home?
Create your own postcard from the Bahamas with this fun worksheet! There's space to draw a picture, and lots of room to write about the things you might see and do there...
Print this fantastic poster of the Bahamas (using the borderless settings on your printer for the best results), and use for classroom displays.
Are you learning about The Bahamas? This easy-to-print poster will look great as part of any display, and will also help the children learn to recognise the colourful national flag.
There are lots of things to inspire some creative writing on this Bahamas story paper - a beach, the sea, a city and a lighthouse! Choose from one of two versions below.
This fun-filled study pack has 25 pages of interesting facts, activities, puzzles and much more all about the Bahamas.
You've probably picked up tourist leaflets when you've been in tourist information centres and travel agents, and here's a chance for the kids to design their own tourist leaflet for the Bahamas. Can they write about what there is to see and do there?
This Bahamas travel brochure worksheet is a fun activity to get the kids practising descriptive and persuasive writing! Can they write some content for a travel brochure encouraging people to visit the Bahamas and draw a picture too?
There are 15 words all associated with the Bahamas to find on this word search grid. Try and find them all if you can! We've also included the solution if you need it...
A lot of us use weather apps for finding out the forecast wherever we are in the world these days. Can the children find out about the climate in the Bahamas, then present the information in the style of a weather app using the template on this worksheet?
It's fun to learn about different cultures around the world! Can the kids find out about culture in the Bahamas, then draw or stick some pictures in the boxes provided on this worksheet?
Have fun designing your own eye-catching tourism poster for the Bahamas - try and think of an interesting slogan if you can, too!
Get the kids thinking about the different food grown and eaten around the world with our fun food worksheets! Can they find out about the types of food grown and eaten in the Bahamas, and draw a typical meal on the plate?
The kids will enjoy learning about the Bahamas by reading these fun information pages. There's a little geography, a little history and plenty of interesting facts all about this beautiful country!
Here's a fun activity to get the kids thinking about what it's like to visit another country! Can they imagine they are going to stay in the Bahamas for a week, and write or draw everything they need inside the suitcase?