Kids Crafts: Olympic Torch
What better than a kids crafts paper torch to kick off the 2008 Summer Olympics in style?
Regardless of how you feel about human rights in Tibet or the propane vs. old-style torch controversy; the torch itself is steeped in history and symbolism. This means there are teaching opportunities for you as a parent, teacher and caregiver. Aside from the very most basic teachable moments the Olympic Games have to offer of colors, numbers and letters; here are a couple of our suggestions (in no particular order):
For those of us who have had the pleasure of witnessing the ongoing development of small children, let us imagine what the relay race would be like if the olympic torch bearer did not want to share. In the history of the highly publicized relay, it is unlikely that any runners (or swimmers or hot air balloon passengers) have thrown themselves to the ground kicking and screaming: "mine, Mine, MINE!!!" at the top of their lungs. So, yes - sharing is good. The illustration to the right contains some of the other values that can be discussed as referenced in TOPAZ Magazine.
Visit this link to see how one mom put together a super-cool Olympics birthday party for her daughter. It might inspire you to put together your own summer olympics sports center in your backyard! Just don't forget to open it up with an olympic torch relay.
Oh, sorry, I got carried away there.You are probably looking for where you can download the torch (pictured above) and instructions on how to make it. Here you go!
Print olympic torch template for top portion of torch.
Note: If you can not print the template in color, simply allow child to paint or color the template
with a red marker or crayon.
Related Pages: Olympics Activities for Kids | More Olympics Crafts and Coloring Pages | Flag Templates
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