Olympics Crafts for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Posted on: February 5th, 2014 by

 

As a former nationally competitive athlete, I look forward to the Olympics every 2 years. As a parent, I hope to instill this love of sports and the Olympics in my children. There is just something so amazing about so many countries coming together in one place to celebrate each other and the sports they love so much. Many of these athletes are excellent role models for our children, and they help youngsters get excited about setting future goals. Even though most athletes never make it to compete in the Olympics, it still gives children something to strive for and work hard to achieve.

 

To help facilitate the interest and excitement in the Winter Games, I found a few Olympics crafts that my children loved! They require few supplies and are easy to put together. These Olympic crafts can be hung on the wall and used as decorations for a fun Olympics-themed party!

 

Olympics Crafts Ideas for Kids

 

Tyler loved making these Olympic rings!

Tyler loved making these Olympic rings!

Olympic Rings Craft

What you will need to make this Olympic Rings Craft:

  • White poster board
  • Pencil
  • Circles to trace (I used a large and small plate.)
  • Paint in Olympic colors: Red, Blue, Yellow, Black and Green
  • Paint brushes
  • A picture to review while drawing and painting (I used my iPad, but a simple print out would work just as nicely.)

How to to make this Olympic Rings Craft:

  1. Using a pencil, trace the circles on the poster board in the pattern of the Olympic rings. I used my iPad to help make it correctly.
  2. Have your child paint each ring the appropriate color.
  3. Once dry, hang on the wall!

Hint: Use an old egg carton for the paint. It is a perfect paint holder and helps decrease the mess.

 

Trevor loved sponge painting Olympic rings!

Trevor loved sponge painting Olympic rings!

Olympic Rings for Toddlers

What you will need to make Olympic Rings for Toddlers:

  • White construction paper
  • Paint in Olympic colors: Red, Blue, Yellow, Black and Green
  • Circle shaped sponge

How to make Olympic Rings for Toddlers:

  1. Put each color paint on a paper plate. (Spread out so the sponge can easily be dipped.)
  2. Have your child dip the circle sponge in the paint.
  3. Have your child make their own design using the sponge.
  4. Once dry, hang up on the wall!

Hint: Children can also use a small plastic or styrofoam cup to make the circles; just dip the top or bottom of the cup in the paint then place the cup on the paper. This may be a good option for preschoolers and young elementary school students.

 

Tyler was so proud of his Olympic torch!

Tyler was so proud of his Olympic torch!

Olympic Torch Craft

What you will need to make a Olympic Torch Craft:

  • White construction paper
  • Brown, Red and Yellow Paint
  • Paint brush
  • Pencil

olympics craft4How to make a Olympic Torch Craft:

  1. Draw a torch bottom using a pencil.
  2. Have your child paint the torch bottom brown.
  3. Paint your child’s hand using red and yellow paint (red on the bottom, yellow on the top).
  4. Place your child’s hand on the paper on top of the brown torch bottom.
  5. Slowly lift hand from the paper.
  6. Once dry, hang on the wall!

 

I hope you have found these Olympic crafts fun and easy to make. They make a perfect introduction to the Olympics for children as well as great decorations for Olympic parties!

 

Here is some quick information about the Olympics facts that you can share with your children:

Opening Ceremonies for the Winter Olympics 2014 in Sochi is on Friday, February 7, 2014.

Competitive events can be seen from February 8, 2014 through February 23, 2014.

The following sports are part of the Winter Olympics:

  • Alpine Skiing
  • Biathlon
  • Bobsleigh
  • Cross-Country
  • Curling
  • Figure Skating
  • Freestyle Skiing
  • Ice Hockey
  • Luge
  • Nordic Combined
  • Short Track Speed Skating
  • Skeleton
  • Ski Jumping
  • Snowboarding
  • Speed Skating

If you would like more information about the Winter Olympics 2014, please go to http://www.olympic.org

 

Celebrate the Olympic Games by making fun crafts with your kids!

Celebrate the Olympic Games by making fun crafts with your kids!

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