The boys showed their Olympic spirit by creating these Olympic rings inspired paintings. I explained to my bugs that the colours of the 5 Olympic rings, and the white background, represent the colours of every national flag around the world. The interlocking rings depict the 5 inhabited regions of the world united together to celebrate our Olympic athletes. We then went to our world map, and talked about the regions of the world: North America, South America, Africa, Eurasia and Australia. I told the boys that there are actually 7 continents (North America, South America, Africa, Europe, Asia, and Australia/ Oceania, and Antarctica) but no humans live on Antarctica (besides scientists) because it’s too cold, and Europe and Asia are sometimes lumped together as Eurasia. (I ordered a great Melissa and Doug World Map Floor Puzzle through Amazon, which I’m sure my bugs will love, to help them learn more about the different continents. I also purchased this Giant World Foam Puzzle; it’s a bit pricey but I think it will be a fun and durable learning tool that my boys will enjoy for a few years).
After our little geography lesson, I explained to my boys that the Olympics is really special because the best athletes from all around the world come together to show off their talents and engage in friendly competition with one another. It is truly inspiring to witness what these athletes are capable of, and the immense amount of determination, dedication and discipline they embody.
Olympic Rings Painting
This is a really simple art project. I taped together 2 sheets of 12×12 white cardstock paper, you could use any white paper you like, and squirted a blob of blue, yellow, back, green and red washable paint onto 5 paper plates. I put 5 Solo cups onto each plate for the boys to use as stamps for their Olympic rings (you could also use styrofoam cups or toilet paper rolls). I had my laptop open to show them the inspiration for our project, but they were free to stamp however they wanted.
Although their paintings are not replicas of the Olympic rings, they were inspired by the Olympic colours and interlocking circles. I think they turned out lovely, and my bugs were pretty proud of them too!
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