The Olympics are a big deal in our house. My grandma was a Canadian Olympian, I lived in Calgary in 1988 when they hosted the Winter Games and grew up in Vancouver where the Olympics are going on as we speak. We are heading up to Vancouver later this week and getting very excited. For today’s letter of the week I had to do something with an Olympic theme.
- Gather your materials. You will need a black piece of paper, a white piece of paper and some red and yellow tissue paper ( or regular paper too) , glue, scissors and markers ( the Olympic colors- red, green, black, blue and yellow).
- Start by writing an upper or lowercase t.
- I drew the Olympic Rings to add to the torch , this is totally optional.
- Have your child decorate the torch with the markers. I absolutely LOVE how my son decorated it, I don’t know why I do so much but this craft is not getting recycled, I think it’s so pretty.
- Cut out the Olympic rings – I drew lines to guide him( and then I still helped him as well) .
- Cut out the t and glue it to the black paper, add glue for the Olympic rings.
- Add the Olympic rings.
- Cut the tissue paper to make flames. Let the kids go nuts, irregular cuts make awesome flames.
- Add glue.
- Add the flames and let dry.
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Tacky and the Winter Games by Helen Lester is wonderful, hilarious and really explains the winter games in a fun way. Of course these winter games a little different than the ones you may be watching on TV, the skis are made of fish and the medals are a little more honest than our bronze, silver and gold- my favorite being “Not Bad” for the third place. The process of leading up to competition is very similar though the eating healthy, physical training and even an opening ceremonies of competitors from various lands. Kids will pick up on the similarities quickly but also the ways that Tacky never really follows the crowd, he is an odd bird after all. Like in all the Tacky books Tacky stands out from the others, and just when we think he’s messed up for good, he finds redemption! Very cute book and perfect for this activity.
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this is great! we’ll be working on “t” in a few weeks and I’ve been hoping you’d do a lowercase t before then. This is perfect! Enjoy your trip!
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Thanks Elissa- glad you like it. It has been a huge hit here, my son told me we have to give it to the baby ( awww). He did mention it sorta looked like the cross at church too hehe.
Adventure Mom Janna says
Great craft! I’m so glad I met you and found your blog b/c my daughter is getting to the age to be able to do these things!
I think I might glue it to cardboard so she could run around with it like a torch.
I was watching the ice skaters last night. Such beauty and control!
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We modified this a bit. Basically I took your idea and ran with it (no pun intended!). We used paper that we rolled into a cylinder and stuffed it with tissue paper and drew the rings on the side. They are racing around with them as I type this. One little guy just got back from watching an Olympic hockey game this weekend so he is especially excited with his. Thanks!
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My kids got into the Olympic spirit on Saturday and made up signs to cheer on the countries we were interested in. They said Go Canada and Go USA with the flag of the country. The smallest one made a sign that really meant nothing but we still used it like it said something. The spirit is the important thing not the fact that she can’t spell!
We made a sign for Canada because I am Canadian and am cheering for Canada. We also made a sign for the USA because the kids live in the US and I am also an American citizen.
When we were watching a competition and an American or a Canadian showed up. We held up the signs and cheered.
It really was a lot of fun.
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