Imagine you are growing up in Malawi. 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...
Learn a little about Malawi and enjoy our collection of flag printables and resources - fun for the kids and useful in all sorts of projects.
A farmer watering his sugar cane crop, Malawi
A Little Geography
- The Republic of Malawi, in southeast Africa, borders Zambia to the northwest and is divided from Tanzania and Mozambique to the east by Lake Malawi.
- It is a narrow landlocked country with a population of 15 million and stretches 900 km from north to south. Malawi was originally settled by Bantu people,and was later part of the Arab-Swahili slave trade.
- Blantyre, the second biggest city, is named after Livingstone's birthplace in Lanarkshire, Scotland.
- Malawi prides itself on being the 'warm heart of Africa' because the local people will give you a friendly welcome.
- Lake Malawi is the third largest lake in Africa. It is known as "the calendar lake" as it is about 360 miles long by 52 miles wide! It contains the most species of fish in the world at over 500 mostly tropical fish called cichlids, many of which are used in aquariums. Tourists flock to 'beach' resorts such as Monkey Bay.
- Nyika is the country's largest National Park. The plateau habitat of rolling hills and pine valleys is unique in Africa and a haven for leopards, antelopes and zebra.
- Agriculture accounts for 90% of exports with tobacco, tea and sugar cane the most widely grown crops.
A Little History
- The earliest human settlements in Malawi date back 50,000 to 60,000 years ago to the Bushmen people, who were simple hunters and gatherers. By the 4th century AD Bantu people arrived in the area introducing iron tools and weapons, and they also started farming in the area.
- In the 15th century the Mararvi empire was built by the people living south of Lake Nyasa.
- British missionary David Livingstone was the first European here in 1859, naming what is now Lake Malawi, Lake Nyasa.
- In 1889 Britain claimed the territory as a protectorate, and in 1908 renamed the colony Nyasaland.
- Modern Malawi gained independence in 1964.
- Malawi was a one-party state until 1994. In 2012 Joyce Banda became President.
A beautiful beach in Monkey Bay, Lake Malawi
And some interesting facts...
- On Likoma Island, visitors may be surprised to find the huge stone St Peter's Cathedral, built here in 1903, opposite the Mozambique coast.
- The country is the second largest tea producer in Africa after Kenya.
- David Livingstone called Lake Malawi ‘The Lake of Stars’ because of the lanterns he saw on fishing boats out on the lake which resembled bright stars.
- The traditional dress worn by women on Malawi is called Chitenje, a rectangular piece of fabric which comes in a variety of patterns, colours and designs.
This map shows Malawi on a map of Africa. You can find a printable version here.
The Malawi Flag
This has been Malawi's flag since 1964, apart from a brief gap between 2010 and 2012. With traditional African colours, the black represents the indigenous people of Africa, green represents nature, and red represents the blood shed in the struggle of the people. The rising sun symbolises hope and freedom for the people of the African continent.
Our Malawi Flags and Other Resources
Do some research on the climate of Malawi, then write a description and fill in the weather app template on this fun worksheet.
Try and find out a little about the different aspects of culture in Malawi 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 an exciting travel poster encouraging visitors to come to Malawi? They might need to do a little research first...
One of the biggest sources of food in Malawi comes from Lake Malawi - can you find out what food this is, and about the other kinds of food grown and eaten there?
You can see a leopard and lion on the Malawi Coat of Arms, but can the kids explain the significance of these big cats and the other parts? If you'd like to design your own Coat of Arms for Malawi too, try Worksheet 2.
Do some research into daily life in Malawi, 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 Malawi, then compare it to your own using this worksheet.
This bright and cheerful poster is a fun way to teach the kids some facts about Malawi and learn to recognise the flag too...
Choose from two location worksheets -one (guided) designed to help your children learn where Malawi is on a map of Africa, the other (blank" designed to test their recall.
This beautiful colouring page features the stunning lotus, the national flower of Malawi.
Fun Fact: Lotus plants can survive thousands of year and even revive after long periods of dormancy.
This outline map of Africa has Malawi marked in red, so that children can see its size, position and neighbours on the continent.
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 Malawi on this printable...
Can the children imagine they are visiting Malawi and write a postcard for someone back home? They need to think about the activities they might do there - a safari perhaps?
Make your own postcard from Malawi! Cut out the postcard template, fold in half and stick together, then draw your own picture and write about what it would be like staying there.
Malawi is a fantastic place to visit – a land of lakes, mountains and safaris! Here's a poster showing just how beautiful it is...
This simple poster teaches the kids to recognise the outline of Malawi, and the colours of the national flag too!
Use this Malawi story paper to spark some creative writing - perhaps set on Lake Malawi, the 9th largest lake in the world?
This study pack gives you quick access to a collection of our resources on Malawi, including fact sheet, colouring flag and much more.
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 Malawi...
Here's a writing exercise with a difference! Can the kids write some content for a travel brochure encouraging people to visit Malawi, and include a picture too?
Find the 15 Malawi-themed words hidden in the word search grid. We've included the solution if you need it too...
Kids can use this worksheet to guide their study of Malawi, or as an aide memoire to help them recall what they've learned.
Here's an empty suitcase, ready to pack with everything you need for a week in Malawi. You might want to think carefully and do some research first to make sure you've got everything!