Something for the weekend – Winter Olympics Edition 24



olympic crafts and activities We are so excited in the Mad House that the Olympics are upon us again.  I love the winter olympics and it is a little known fact that Mini was named after a scottish skier!  So this week’s something for the weekend is dedicated to Olympics.

Make your own Olympic Torch

For inspiration we took a look at the previous torches and discussed what a relay race is.  We also looked at the torch being used for this winter Olympics Olympic touch make your own  What you’ll need:

  • 1 sheet of white construction paper
  • Clear tape
  • Red, yellow, and orange tissue paper, 12″ x 12″ square of each colour
  • White craft glue

 How to make it:

  1. Roll the construction paper into a cone shape, tape closed.
  2. Layer the tissue paper squares, red on the bottom, then orange, and yellow on top.
  3. Gather from the centre of the squares and hold in your hand like a bouquet of flowers.
  4. Put some white craft glue into the sides of the opening of the cone.
  5. Place the tissue paper into the cone and let the glue dry completely.

Variation: For older children why not make it look more authentic, by covering the torch with bubble wrap to represent the holes and paint with gold paint.  I also love this torch painting by J Daniel4’s Mom

 Other Olympic activities

olpympic-medal-chart We had great fun making our own medal chart.  This was a super opportunity to discuss why Countries often have different spellings to how we know them and to look at their flags and where they are in an atlas or on the globe.  I adore this flags of the world bunting by No time for flashcards. Below are some other great activities for older (6 plus) children:

    • Be a reporter at your favorite event at the Olympic games.  Try to encourage descriptive words and ask lots of questions, which should encourage this.  Including What is the sport about?  How is it played?  What is the weather like? What is the atmosphere like? What is the score? Who wins and how do they do it?
    • Pretend you have won a gold medal at the Olympics.  How would you feel?  Try writing a speech that you would give after winning a medal.
    • Write a biography of your favorite Olympian.  Use the internet to find out information and write about your favorite Olympian.  How old are they?  What sport do they do? You could even draw a picture of them.
    • Design a poster for your favorite Olympic sport.
    • Junk model your own ski slope

Olympic Activities for Preschool and toddlers

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The Olympic pictograms above would be perfect to print off and make a matching game with.  They are really beautiful.

Great Books about the Olympics

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