Guest Author - Deborah L. Kompare
Did you ever have one of those �light bulb� moments? Well, I just did. We have the very exciting, fun filled games of the Olympics that will be happening soon. What a wonderful inspirations these should be for us and our children. Of course, this gives us a chance to think of some ideas to become creative, and maybe combine some physical activity with some crafting skills and see what happens.
Granted, hopscotch isn�t an Olympic sport, but it can get some creativity going. My oldest daughter, years ago, was given a book that showed many different types of hopscotch fields to draw and how to play the game. Why not get creative, use some sidewalk chalk or paint and make your own Olympic Hopscotch Field?!
Does your child have a favorite sport? Since school is coming soon, why not craft a zipper pull from beads? There are so many different websites that have patterns for the different sports. I�ve added a link at the end of the article for MakingFriends.com. They have several different sports to choose from and it is a nice way to pass the time. Don�t like to use pony beads? Why not use the perler beads? These are the beads that you place on a form and then have an adult iron them so they fuse together. My youngest daughter made a soccer ball and shoe ornament for a friend from these beads, Perler Fuse Bead Starter Kits-Kick & Score. She enjoyed them so much that she continues to create different patterns with the leftover beads.
The opening ceremonies always hold promise of incredible sights and sounds. Why not try to craft some items for your own opening ceremonies. You could decorate sticks with ribbons to dance around the room, make puppets or kites to fly, or make a the different flags of the countries to carry in a �parade�. It�s hard to guess what they may come up with to kick off the Olympics.
Are your children simply interested in learning more about the Olympics? Check out the page about the Olympics at EnchantedLearning.com. There is a lot of information about the Olympics there. This would be the chance to make your own Olympic flag to talk about what the rings represent and what the Olympic motto is.
One other item that truly makes it the Olympic games is the Olympic flame. Why not craft your own torch using a newspaper cone and adding construction paper flames? If you have older children, and adult supervision, you could make a candle that has the Olympic rings or try some other idea related to the Olympics.
I hope this gives you some starting point to help with ideas to enrich our child(ren)�s experience with the Olympics. Stop by the forum to let me know some things you have done to celebrate this wonderful event.