Tuvalu

Here is our brief introduction to the island of Tuvalu, an island in the Pacific Ocean. Scroll down for Tuvalu flag printables and Tuvalu flag colouring page.

A Tuvalu scene
A Tuvalu scene (photo by Tomoaka Inaba, Creative Commons LIcence)

  • The Pacific island of Tuvalu, settled by Polynesians 2000 years ago, consists of six atolls and three islands lying midway between Hawaii and Australia. It was previously known as the Ellice Islands.
  • Tuvalu means 'eight islands' although there are now nine.
  • With only 26 square kilometres of land, Tuvalu is the fourth smallest country in the world (after the Vatican City, Monaco and Nauru). It has a population of around 11,000, mostly centred around the town of Funafuti.
  • The land is only 15 feet above sea level and is under threat from rising sea levels due to global warming.
  • First inhabited by Polynesians, the islands were sighted by Spaniards in the 15th century and declared a British protectorate in the late 19th century.
  • Charles Darwin visited the region in 1842 to discover how the formation of coral below the sea level could result in rocks that were exposed as islands.
  • Tuvalu became fully independent in 1978.
  • Prince William and Kate Middleton visited Tuvalu in 2012.

About the Tuvalu Flag

Tuvalu flag

The nine gold stars on the Tuvalu flag are symbolic of the nine islands within its borders, and the Union Flag represents Tuvalu's long association with Great Britain.


Our Tuvalu Resources

Climate Of Tuvalu Worksheet

Climate Of Tuvalu Worksheet

What's the weather like in Tuvalu? Learn about the climate and record your findings on this fun worksheet.

Packing For Tuvalu Worksheet

Packing For Tuvalu Worksheet

We've provided the suitcase, now you need to 'pack' it full of things you'd need for a trip to Tuvalu! You might need to do a little research into the country first...

Tuvalu Booklet

Tuvalu Booklet

Record some facts and information about Tuvalu in one of our handy booklets - you'll need our booklet folding instructions, found here

Tuvalu Bookmarks

Tuvalu Bookmarks

We have four types of Tuvalu bookmarks - with and without the name of the country, and in colour or black and white. 

 

Tuvalu Flag Jigsaw

Tuvalu Flag Jigsaw

Print off this little Tuvalu flag jigsaw and cut out with our cutting guides. It takes moments to do - but is a great way of reinforcing the flag.

Tuvalu Flag Printable

Tuvalu Flag Printable

Print out the flag of Tuvalu in 3 different sizes - perfect for all sorts of projects!

 

Tuvalu National Flower Colouring Page

Tuvalu National Flower Colouring Page

Our national flower colouring pages look lovely displayed on their own or you could colour in a few and display together. This one is for the national flower of Tuvalu, the Plumeria.

Tuvalu Notebooking Page

Tuvalu Notebooking Page

Our Tuvalu notebooking pages feature the flag, and give children plenty of space to record what they have learned. Notebooking page 1 has space for a map or illustration.

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