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Preschool Olympics Theme Art
Colored Olympic Rings
Materials needed: paper plates, crayons, scissors,
In advance, either cut out the centers of the paper plates OR draw a dark line with a marker to show the children where to cut (Cut a starting cut mark to help them begin) so they can cut out the centers themselves.
The children color the rings.
EXTENSION: Staple 5 rings together in the Olympic pattern and hang around your classroom!
Materials needed: paper, variety of miscellaneous arts and crafts items, scissors, glue
The children make a collage of their own flags.
Or, show pictures of your country's flag for them to try to duplicate with the items you have provided.
Materials needed: Paper, crayons, stickers, tissue paper in yellow, red and orange.
The children decorate the paper with crayons and stickers.
Roll the paper in a cone shape, with their colored side on the outside and tape or staple in place (this is the torch holder).
The children crumple up one piece of each color tissue paper and insert into their torch.
Hammer Throw Art Thanks Cindy B. for this idea!
For painting use a large canvas or Bristol board, dip rocks in paint and throw onto canvas/ Bristol board. I did this with children's hammers for hammer throw during our Olympics theme.
Show the children how to balance a ruler on a cylinder block (it will look like a teeter-totter or see-saw). Place a pom pom on one end of the ruler. "Slam" your hand on the other side of the ruler and see how far the pom-pom goes!
Cooking with children helps develop their math skills and helps them to learn how to follow directions. It also allows for some great conversation!
Ask many questions while cooking with your children to encourage conversation! Be sure to ask specific themed questions while making these fun snacks!
Popcorn in Torch Cups
Make air popped popcorn with the children. Season to taste.
While the popcorn is popping, have the children color a piece of paper. Roll it into a cone shape. Tape in place and staple the bottom closed.
Serve popcorn in torches!
VARIATION: Use ice cream cones for torches to serve the popcorn in! Totally edible snack!
Preschool Olympics Theme Fruit Ring Pizza
Ingredients: Large chocolate chip cookies (make these with the children from your favorite recipe!); cream cheese to spread on the cookies and fruit to decorate the rings: blueberries, blackberries; strawberries; pineapple or banana; kiwi
See my Pinterest Page for a picture! (The Pinterest link to my board is on the bottom of this page).
Encourage the children to press colors over each other.
"I wonder what color you will have if you make a red dot on top of the yellow dot?"
This looks amazing, though I must admit I have never tried it! I'd love to hear from anyone who does this!
Here's what you need:
3 clear glasses (one large, 2 can be smaller).
Fill the large glass 3/4 full with warm water.
In the smaller glasses, place 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil and a few drops of food coloring (choose 2 different colors--I suggest red in one of the cups and blue in the other).
Quickly pour the contents of one of the small glasses into the large glass of warm water and observe!
(Some of the food coloring will remain in the vegetable oil until it gets heavy enough to fall through the oil. When it does, some will go to the bottom of the glass and then "fly" up to the top as it pops).
After several minutes, pour the contents of the other small glass into the large one and watch the colors mix!
To see a demonstration of this, go to the link below!
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