I really enjoy looking at things that we see everyday and discovering what they truly mean. One of the major icons of the Olympics, is the flag. I asked my girls to look at the Olympic flag and let me know what their first thoughts about the design of the flag were. They said that the rings are connected because the Olympics are about countries coming together. They guessed that the flag had a simple design, with lots of white, so that it would look peaceful, the same way that the Olympics are about peace. I was able to give them a few more facts about the flag. For instance, did you know that the colours of the rings and the white background were selected because these colours were found in all the flags of the countries that were participating in the Olympics at the time it was designed (1914).
1. apply paint to child’s hand and stamp the first ring in a circle.
2. trace the size child’s hand to determine the size of the second ring.
4. repeat step 2 for the fourth ring.
5. trace child’s hand with pencil and paint outline for the final ring.
This was a really fun activity. The best part is how any child can personalize the flag in any way they like. I love how my daughter came up with all of these fabulous ways of painting the rings. The girls also made a second, traditional style, flag. Our front door now looks like we are ready to celebrate the Olympic games!
I am proud to be passing the Kids Bloggers Go Olympics torch on tomorrow to Hands On As We Grow. Be sure to follow along as the torch moves around the world from blog to blog and discover many amazing Olympic themed activities.
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