Imagine you are growing up in Belize. Do some research, the write a diary for one day including information about the food you might eat, school, and things you might do for fun...
Find out a little about the fascinating country of Belize with our potted geography, history and interesting facts! We also have a full set of flag printables (including bookmarks, notebooking pages, jigsaw and flag colouring page).
Altun Ha, Mayan ruins in the tropical jungle of Belize
A Little Geography...
- Belize is a continental country in north east Central America, bordering Mexico and Guatemala. It is the only state in the region with a British colonial past, and it combines the cultures of the Caribbean and Latin America.
- There are two distinct regions: mountain plateau in the south, and river carved lowlands in the north.
- Belize has the lowest population density in Central America, with only 356,000 citizens.
- Belmopan, the capital , was built in the 1960s after Hurricane Hattie destroyed most of Belize City.
A Little History...
- Belize was settled by the Mayan people from around 1500 BCE. At the peak, between 200 and 900 CE, 1- 2 million Mayans lived in large cities, featuring immense stone pyramids! The remains of some of these pyramids can be seen today.
- Spanish conquistadors imposed colonial rule until the British took over in 1798. The country was known as British Honduras until independence in 1992.
- Mayan peasants continue to live in southern Belize. They maintain ancient beliefs - for example, that the ceiba tree is sacred to life and holds up the sky.
And Some Interesting Facts...
- In Belize there is an amazing diversity of animal and plant life. The second longest coral barrier reef in the world runs off the coast, dotted with atolls and cays.The reef supports over 500 species of tropical fish!
The Great Blue Hole off the coast of Belize. The hole lies in the centre of the Lighthouse Reef, about 70km off Belize, and is 300m wide and over 100m deep. The Great Blue Hole was made famous by the legendary diver Jacques Cousteau, who declared it one of the top 10 scuba diving sites in the world.
- Keel-billed toucans, with coloured beaks, can be found in the rainforest, along with jaguars and tapirs.
- Chicken escabeche, flavoured with vinegar, peppers and spices and served with corn tortillas, is a favourite dish.
- Chewing gum is made from the bark of the sapodilla tree which grows in northern Belize, Guatemala and Mexico.
About the Belize Flag
Belize has an unusually detailed flag which catches the attention!. The flag is red and blue, the colours of the two main political parties, with a white disc at the centre containg the country's coat of arms. The coat of arms shows a tree and two men with tools. It has its roots in the logging industry that first led to the British settling in the country. The Belize flag has 12 colours, more than any other national flag. It is also the only national flag to feature humans as a major part of the design.
Our Belize Resources
Do some research into daily life in Belize, then map your findings onto the Venn diagram on this printable to see the differences and similarities with your own daily life.
Have you ever thought about what life might be like living in a different country? Do some research on daily life in Belize, then compare it to your own using this worksheet.
Work your way through this worksheet with the kids, finding out facts from books or online, and you will soon know a little about Belize.
This poster has all the key facts about Belize, plus it's easy to print and won't use much ink - great for classroom displays!
We have 5 sizes of Belize flag to print, useful for bunting or other craft purposes or project work.
These two location worksheets test children's knowledge of where Belize is located on a map of North America.
National emblems often have an interesting background and can tell us quite a bit about the country they belong to. Can you find out about the National Emblem of Belize and write about it? And if you choose our second worksheet you can design your own emblem too!
The national flower of Belize is the very unusual black orchid, and we think this colouring page will look stunning once finished! Perfect to go in a frame...
Fun Fact: The black orchid is also known as the cockle shell orchid or the clam shell orchid.
Our flag notebooking pages are very popular, and we have two versions available for Belize here. Click on the links below for high quality pdf files.
Our simplified outline map of North America puts Belize into context and shows its size and neighbouring countries.
Our fun picture galleries look fantastic displayed on walls at home or in the classroom! There's space to draw 5 pictures of things to do with Belize on this printable...
Send a postcard from Belize to one of your friends, telling them all about the country and what there is to see and do there...
Print and cut out this postcard, then fold in half and stick together. Then imagine you are on holiday in Belize, and draw a picture on the blank side and write some information on the other.
This lovely poster of Belize will brighten any wall at home or in the classroom! Print using the borderless settings on your printer for the best results...
The interesting flag of Belize is shown in the shape of the country outline on this easy-to-print poster.
Inspire the kids to put pen to paper with this Belize story paper. They could write some facts about the country, or try setting a story there...
We've put all our resources for Belize together in one handy pack - 25 pages of activities and printables to enjoy (also available separately)!
This writing prompt is a 3 fold leaflet - just print and fold on the dotted lines. Children need to do a little research to write a tourist leaflet all about Belize...
Here's a writing exercise with a difference! Can the kids write some content for a travel brochure encouraging people to visit Belize, and include a picture too?
This worksheet pulls together a number of words that you might find associated with Belize. Can you find them all?
Do some research on the climate of Belize, then write a description and fill in the weather app template on this fun worksheet.
The culture in Belize has a great mixture of influences. Try and find out a little about the different aspects of this culture and write or draw about them (or stick in pictures) on this worksheet. Choose from a blank or lined version below.
Can the kids create a brilliant travel poster encouraging visitors to come to Belize? They might need to do a little research first...
One of the best things about travelling is trying the different food in different countries! Can you find out what people like to eat in Belize, and draw a picture of a typical meal too?
Here's an empty suitcase, ready to pack with everything you need for a week in Belize. You might want to think carefully and do some research first to make sure you've got everything!