Living in Brunei might be quite different from where you live. Can you do some research, then write a diary entry for a typical day living in Brunei?
Find out a little about Brunei, and print out of useful Brunei flag printables and flag colouring page...
The Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque, Brunei
A Little Geography...
- A small Muslim nation on the north-west of Borneo island, Brunei is surrounded by and spilt in two by the Malaysian state of Sarawak to the south. The South China Sea forms its northern coast.
- With a population of just 410,000, oil exports make this one of the world’s wealthiest nations.
- The capital, Bandar Seri Begawan, is a port.
- The official name, Negara Brunei Darussalem means the Country of Brunei, Abode of Peace.
- Brunei has no railway but has a high car ownership of one car for each 2.09 people. Fortunately, the price of petrol is very low!
A Little History...
- Brunei was a British Protectorate from 1888 until independence in 1984.
- Brunei has been ruled by a Sultan since 1370 and became wealthy from trade between China and Malaysia, prior to the discovery of huge oil reserves at Seria in 1929.
And Some Interesting Facts...
- The magnificent Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque (pictured above) has a gold leaf covered dome and was built with Italian marble, Belgian carpets and English chandeliers.
- The Sultan of Brunei is one of the world’s richest men. It is thought that he owns 2500 cars, including a gold plated Rolls Royce!
- The Istana, or Sultan’s Residence, is the world’s largest palace with 1800 rooms.
- Proboscis monkeys, with their distinctive long, floppy noses live in the mangrove forest by the palace.
- Kampong Ayer is the world’s largest water village and is home to around 30,000 people. They live in houses built on stilts in a river!
Kampong Ayer, water village in Brunei
- Ulu Tembourong National Park is a pristine rainforest. It is home to the Rajah Brooke birdwing, a beautiful black and emerald butterfly. It is named after the ‘White Rajah’, James Brooke, who ruled Sarawak in the 19th century.
- The durian fruit, which is native to Brunei, smells like rotten onions but tastes like fruit custard!
About the Brunei Flag
The National flag of Brunei shows a yellow field being diagonally cut by two black and white stripes, beneath the central red crest of the country. The yellow colour, representing royalty in South East Asia, is for the Sultan of Brunei. The base of the flag has remained the same since Brunei became a British protectorate in 1906 and the crest was added in 1959, when the Constitution was signed.
Our Brunei Flags and Activities
This compare and contrast Venn diagram is a great way for the kids to see how their lives compare with that of a child growing up in Brunei - they just need to do a little research about life in Brunei first...
Do some research about daily life in Brunei (food, education, games/sports and so on), then compare with your own daily life using this worksheet.
We ask the kids to find out some facts about Brunei to fill in this worksheet, as well as to mark its location on the map.
This poster is bright and colourful to display, and it also has all the key facts about Brunei summarised on one page!
This useful Brunei factsheet has lots of useful facts about the country, such as currency, language, population and much more! We have factsheets for other countries too, so you can print and store them together in a display or folder if you wish...
Can the kids find Brunei on this location worksheet? One shows the names of the countries, so it is simply a matter of locating the correct one. The second, much harder, leaves all countries blank. We also ask the children to write down the name of the capital city.
Here's an interesting worksheet all about the National Emblem of Brunei. Can the kids do some research on the emblem and the significance of the different parts, and write about it here? We have two versions to choose from, and the second worksheet has space to design your own emblem.
This pretty colouring page featuring the simpur, the national flower of Brunei, will appeal to both kids and adults who enjoy colouring pages!
Fun Fact: The usually large and stiff leaves are often used as food wrappers.
Brunei's location within Asia is shown clearly this simple outline map. Use it together with our location worksheets, or for your Asia project work.
The beautiful Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque features on this postcard from Brunei. Can the children imagine they're visiting Brunei, and write about the other landmarks they might see and activities they might do?
Create your own postcard from Brunei with this fun printable. Draw a picture of something you might see there on the blank side, then write about the landmarks, food and activities...
The stunning Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque in Brunei is the star of this poster, perfect for projects and displays.
This eye-catching poster features the flag of Brunei inside the shape of the country - perfect for brightening any display!
This story paper features the beautiful Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque in Brunei, and is perfect for writing down everything you've learned about Brunei, or for some creative writing.
This fantastic study pack has 25 pages all about Brunei! It's ideal for kickstarting some research on the country, and there's lots of creative actitivies to try too.
This fun printable allows the children to come up with a design for a professional looking 3-fold tourist leaflet all about Brunei.
This Brunei travel brochure worksheet asks the kids to write some content encouraging people to visit Brunei. Can the children use some interesting and descriptive language and a nice drawing to catch the attention of potential tourists?
There are 15 words to find in this wordsearch grid, and they all have a connection to Brunei! We've included the solution, too...
Start your Brunei studies with this simple country worksheet, which asks children to find out and record a little about Brunei.
This climate worksheet with a difference asks the kids to describe the climate of Brunei, then to present the information as a weather app!
The culture of Brunei is mostly influenced by the Old Malay World and the Islamic religion. Try to find out about the different aspects of culture in Brunei and record what you find here.
Have some fun creating your own tourism poster for Brunei! Try to include lots of fun information, maybe some pictures, and an interesting slogan to catch people's attention.
We all have our favourite foods, but have you ever thought about the food eaten in other countries around the world? This worksheet asks the kids to think about the food grown and eaten in Brunei, and asks them to draw a typical meal.
When packing for a trip away it's a good idea to think about the climate, any dangers or risks and the activities you might do there! Can the kids do some research then write or draw everything they might need for a week in Brunei?