Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Discover the Olympics

 How could we not explore the Olympics for Discovery this term?

   We used salt dough that I coloured with yellow dye and lots of glitter to make Olympic medals. We cooked the dough in the microwave so our medals were ready to wear during the session. I used this recipe for the salt dough and cooked it for 30 second bursts.

We had fun making these mini edible Olympic torches (inspired from here). We used pretzel sticks, white chocolate, and orange sherbet (I was going to use 100's and 1000's, but the sherbet was plenty). 

We drew and labelled Olympic sports using these cards on our mini-whiteboards and chalkboards.

We also used our Duplo to make our own mascots. 

We had lots of Olympic colouring. This website has some great colouring sheets of the Olympic venues.

We made Olympic flag puzzles.

We used water-colour pencils to colour in the Olympic mascots - Wenlock and Mandeville.

Last week we watched a series of You Tube clips about Wenlock and Mandeville. They are worth a look to help get children excited about the Olympics.

 This is one of the many videos we enjoyed.

If the weather had been fine we would have been outside practicing our Olympic sports; soccer, hurdles, gymnastics, and shot-put, but we only had enough space on our sheltered walkway for our equestrian eventing practice on the hobby-horses.

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