Tuesday, February 9, 2010

The Olympics & Your Kids

Children hold a very special place in the heart of the Kingdom of Heaven.  It's important that we remember to cherish our children as Christ did.  Part of cherishing them is seeing them not just as these little helpless and needy people, but as creations of God with their own gifts and talents...and callings by God.  A great way to do this is to welcome them in to as much as we as responsible parents.  So, I'm suggesting you incorporate family time into Olympic time.  A great way to start is to begin by watching Cool Runnings with them.  See yesterday's post.  Bridge the divide between children and adults with fun and creativity.

Here are two super creative craft ideas that come from Kaboose - http://holidays.kaboose.com/olympics.html


Ceremonial Olympic Torch

By: Amanda Formaro
Difficulty: Very Easy
Age: 4 and up

Celebrate the Winter Olympic Games 2010 by making this super simple ceremonial Olympic torch craft.  Create your own games in the backyard with the help of neighborhood friends and some grown ups!
For more winning crafts, games, and throwing an Olympic party, visit our section devoted to the Olympics. Take our quiz to find out what your winter Olympics IQ is!

What you'll need:

  • 1 sheet of white construction paper
  • Clear tape
  • Red, yellow, and orange tissue paper, 12" x 12" square of each color
  • White craft glue

How to make it:

  1. Roll the construction paper into a cone shape, tape closed.
  2. Layer the tissue paper squares, red on the bottom, then orange, and yellow on top.
  3. Gather from the center of the squares and hold in your hand like a bouquet of flowers.
  4. Put some white craft glue into the sides of the opening of the cone.
  5. Place the tissue paper into the cone and let the glue dry completely.


  • If you want a really tall torch like the real Olympic torch, use a piece of white poster board instead of the construction paper.
  • Instead of tissue paper you can use construction paper in the same colors. Simply cut them into flame shapes and glue inside the cone opening.
  • Have a piece of tape ready before rolling the cone, this way you won't be struggling with the tape while trying to hold the cone's shape. 

***NOTE*** Ham goes to a music class on Tuesday's and our project for this week was to make a homemade noise maker.  So...I combined the Olympic torch idea with a musical shaker.  I took wax paper, Basmati rice and a toilet paper role to make the shaker.  Then I used the poster board to make a bigger torch and placed the shaker on the inside of the torch.  I then put the fire/tissue paper on top.  The bottom is open and you can hear the sound of the shaker better at the bottom and the fiery sound of the paper on the top.  It turned into two themed music makers in one...and Ham loves it.


Chenille Snowboarder

By: Amanda Formaro
Difficulty: Easy
Age: 6 and up

Snowboarding is all the rage and so fun to watch during the Olympics! Kids will love testing their creativity while bending this chenille snowboarder into shape.
Celebrate the upcoming Olympics with these gold-medal crafts. Learn more about the athletes, try out sports printables or take an Olympic quiz!

What you'll need:

  • 1 jumbo craft stick
  • White and light blue paint
  • Paint brush
  • Toothpick
  • Chenille stems, 1 each in blue, yellow and brown
  • White craft glue
  • Scissors
  • Gold paint pen or black marker
  • Pattern

How to make it:

  1. Paint jumbo craft stick white. Let dry. (See photo.)
  2. Use toothpick dipped in light blue paint to decorate craft stick. Set aside to dry. (See photo.)
  3. To make the chenille man, use the pattern as a guide. First cut the yellow chenille stem in half. Cross them like a lower case letter "t" and twist together at the crossing point. Bend one arm up like it's waving, point the other one downward.
  4. Cut about 2 inches off of the blue chenille stem and set aside. Bend the remaining blue chenille stem in half to find the center. Starting at the center, bend each side up, then back down to form an upper case letter "M" to make the legs.
  5. Twist the bottom of the yellow body around the center of the leg section. Take 2" piece of blue chenille and wrap it around the intersection you just created.
  6. Bend the brown chenille into a circle and twist it around the "neck" of the yellow chenille. Trim off the excess brown and wrap any remaining around the neck.
  7. Write the word "SNOW" across the snowboard with marker or paint pen.
  8. Lay the chenille man on the table and add some white glue to the feet then place the snowboard on top of the feet. (See photo.)


  1. Use your favorite snowboarder's colors!
  2. Chenille stems are sold by individual color and in large variety packs.
  3. Use construction paper to create a fun snow scene to which you can add your chenille snowboarder.

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Andrea said...

Blessings, andrea

Wylie @ Shout A Joyful Noise! said...

My boys would LOVE the snow boarder!

Andrea said...

We will have to give the torch a try! I need to dig through my tissue and see if I have the right colors!

Believer said...

The snowboarder is way cool!

Sarah said...

Oh, so cute! I love the Olympics, and I love the idea of incorporating family time!

karen hopkins said...

I want to be a kid again, who gets to do crafts.. Since we dont have any snow this year, which is so not like eastern Oregon, I am gonna pretend we do, and make that snowboarder man. lol. Love it! you made me smile tonight. thanks, dear sister!!

Becka said...

What wonderful ideas,
I have never gotton into the olympics, but you sure make me want to,

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