Signal flags are used at sea for communication between ships. They can spell out short messages, and individual flags and combinations of flags also have special meanings.
Signal flags are also used to 'dress' ships during celebrations, as seen below on Cutty Sark.
You will need:
Paper or fabric
Colouring pencils, felt tips or paints – red, blue, yellow, black, white
Glue or tape
Straws (to wave flags) or string (to hang flags on)
A pair of scissors
Look at the signal flag descriptions on the left.
Each flag represents a different letter.
Can you spell these works with signal flags?
Now it’s your turn to create your own signal flag messages.
You can make them big or small.
You can draw and colour the flags, like in the picture at the top.
Or you can make your flags out of fabric.
Send messages to your friends and family!
Can they work out what the messages says? They can use the signal flag descriptions to help them work it out.
What do these flags say? (Answer below)
Did you manage to work out the message in our flags above?
Answer: Thank you NHS
Make your own signal flag message and send it to us via social media!