Saturday, 11 August 2012

Olympic activities

Well the Olympics are almost over and we have loved following it all. It is difficult with small children around to watch extended amounts of TV but we have managed to watch some of the main areas of interest. Harry and Peter have both liked cycling, gymnastics and equestrian and we have been watching athletics every evening when they have gone to bed. Harry has been especially interested in Usain Bolt, as he too likes to run very fast, so we have been watching his races on iplayer the next day!

We have had quite a strong Olympic theme in the house over the past couple of weeks, starting with our great trip to London which got us in the spirit and these are some of the things we have been doing.

We used a roll of wallpaper to make 'Olympic Harry'! We drew round him and he decorated himself in red, white and blue colours. He decided he would be a footballer (strange choice as we have not watched any football!) so he drew a goal in the background and then made a gold medal for himself.

Harry enjoyed making his own Olympic torch, which he proudly stuck on the kitchen wall.

We have been using some printed resources from the Twinkl website - Olympic rings showing the day have been up on the kitchen door each day and we have looked at some pictures relating to the Olympics and matched them to the correct word. These little cards were really popular with both boys.

Harry has been working on completing an Olympic letter book, where he practices writing each letter of the alphabet and then sees it related to the Olympics, such as 'a' for archery. He has been doing 2-3 every day and will earn a chocolate medal when he is finished.

We have been reading details of the Olympic torch, rings and motto. Peter actually thinks the picture of the torch is an ice cream and it's pretty funny when he comes over holding it and saying 'mmmm'! We have looked up the continents represented by the rings in our atlas and looked at Brazil, where the next Olympics will be held, in a bit more detail. Harry has declared it easy to travel there - 'all we need to find is a passenger ship'!

We iced some mini ring doughnuts in the colours of the Olympic rings and then ate our creations!

A bit of Olympic ring face painting and quite a lot of chocolate mascots and I think we have all really enjoyed the Olympic experience we have been able to have this year! I am making up a scrapbook to preserve the memories.

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