It has been cold and the children are getting a little stir crazy. Tonight is the first night of the 2014 Olympics, so I thought we needed to embrace this global event and make the most of a frigid morning. Plus, it is a lot more fun than breaking up a brawl over Twilight Sparkle (a beloved My Little Pony).
I am running low on supplies and need to make a trip to town, so this is a simple craft you can make from a variety of materials just sitting around the house. Use what you have! Tissue papers, streamers, cardboard tubes, paper cups, and more are just a few ideas to get you started. Get creative and design your own Olympic Torches!
Here is a list of items we used:
- white paper to roll into a cone
- red and yellow construction paper
- red and blue markers
- Color the white paper. We used red and blue for the USA! The kids loved it and we had a great discussion about our flag and country.
- Roll the paper into a cone and tape securely.
- Cut the pointed bit off into a rounded edge.
- Using the red and yellow paper, cut out "flames".
- Attach the flames inside the top of the cone using tape. We had to use a generous amount of the sticky pieces, because the zealous children kept dropping them around the living room.
- Voila! You now have a torch to hold as you watch the Olympics!
During activity time, I did include a few YouTube blips of people running with Olympic torches and a few video montages of the ceremonies from London and China. Showing the clips cinched the deal and now my house is full of little Olympians carrying torches. I know tonight there will be a few preschoolers sitting in their farmhouses cheering for Team USA on the other side of the world!