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Olympic Crafts: 20+ Crafts, Activities & Ideas to Inspire

| May 1, 2012 | 51 Comments

olympics crafts & activities

The Olympic Games is probably one of the biggest and most well known sporting event in the world – yes, there are others in racing, golfing and tennis – but nothing quite captures the hearts and minds of people as the Olympics.

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Back to the Olympics: The Olympics is full of symbolisms – which are great for Olympic craft inspiration – you have:

5 Interlocking Rings - Designed in 1912, when the present day Olympics were established – the 5  represents the five parts of the world who support the Olympics. The colours blue, black, red, yellow, green on a white background representing all the colours on the flags of the supporting nations (at that time).

The Torch & Flame Relay – a tradition started in at the Berlin Olympics in 1936 – the torch is lit at the site of the Ancient Olympics – Olympia (Greece) and relayed to the site of the current Olympics of the course of several months. Carried by athletes, politicians and ordinary people.

Medals - as per many sporting events, the are medals for the top 3 winners – gold, silver and bronze.

Kotinos (or wreath) – in the Ancient Olympic games, there were no medals and only one winner. This winner was decorated by a horse shoe shaped wreath made from olive branches made from a sacret tree near the temple of Zeus.

Mascots - Mascots were first introduced in the 1968 Winter Olympics held in France. Popularised by the Misha during the 1980 Summer Olympics held in Moscow.

(Source: Wikipedia)

Olympic Torch

Olympic craft torch

Olympic Torch

And if your kids are after a “real Olympic Torch”, how about this fantastic one from Domestic Goddesque?  You will need a cheese grater to make this one.. yep, you read correctly – go find out for what!

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Olympic Torch 2

Well.. if you don’t want to use a cheese grater for special effects, then check out this second fantastic touch over at Not A Tiger Mum. Love the action shot!

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Olympic crafts

T for Torch

Another great way to practice your “letters” – make a t for torch a la No Time For Flashcards. Simple, cute fun and a great way to practice the letter T! Hooray!

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Olympic Medals, Trophies and Laurels

olympic craft ideasOlympic Medals

Now if you haven’t visited The Imagination Tree, now is the time to do so.. packed full of playdough and saltdough recipe ideas you will always find something fun to make – and she has great ideas to make it “easy” for small hands to help. Here we have some fabulous Olympic Medals.

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olympic medalFoil Medals

Now there is nothing better than getting out that tin foil and making some medals with the kids! I particularly like, that  Mum in The Madhouse  showed the children examples of previous Olympic medal designs and discussed their meanings with the boys.  I love love love the photos of her boys crafting and designing  away and looking very pleased with the result! This one may be one for our School Summer Fair!

 

olympics activity ideasMedal Cookies

And if you don’t want to “make” any cookies, why no “bake” some cookies the way Me and My Shadow did? Mmmmh I do fancy one of those!

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olympics craftsMedal Cookies 2

Aly at Point2Plus4 loves to cook and bake with her kids. She has a great resource of recipes well worth a look. And here is another fabulous recipe – her Medal Cookies that she made with the children. Look at those happy faces! Brilliant.

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olympic craftsTrophies

Here some cute, quick AND easy trophies that the kids over at Frugal Family made! Then you can have your own olympic races and challenges and award your trophies at the end. Lovely.

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olympic craft wreathLaurel Wreath

Keeping with ancient Greek tradition get the kids making a laurel wreath out green contruction paper or foam – there are two ideas for this on ehow to get you crafty!

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olympic wreathVine Wreath

Who would spot the difference between an “vine wreath” and a laurel wreath? I think they both are very fitting for the Olympics and here one father got spontaneously crafty whilst doing a bit of tidying in the garden. It doesn’t take much as Mama Smiles shares with us!

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Olympic Sports and Activities

olympic game ideas

Javelin Inspired Shooter Game

Check out this very simple to make “shooter” game inspired by Javelin throwing. Get crafty and then get activity. Live At The Zoo shares their Olympic Activity!

 

 

olympic party ideas

Triathlon Party

Oh My Word! How coool is a triathlon party?? One of my favourite bloggers, se7en, created this fantastic party for her kids. This would be an ideal post for you to visit if you are having an Olympic Street Party. And if you are not, maybe you could have one at home. Ok, so there is swimming in this Triathlon.. but I am sure you can come up with a replacement sports of sorts. Or make it a Duathlon (running and cycling are perfect). Then come back, check out the post for a party craft, the sporty Pinata, the cake and triath

lon snacks. Se7en is SUCH a cool mum!

Olympic Hurdle

Get crafty and then get active! A great craft to include if you are having an Olympics Party or Olympics Street Party… and then when you are all done, of course you will need chocolate medals. Check out more from Mummy Mummy Mum!

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olympic craftsOlympic Memory

A simple idea to make your own Olympic Memory game. Practice some cutting skills, talk abouta ll the different sports and then get playing. Find more on this Olympic craft here.

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Winter olympics craftsIce Hockey Game

Oh.. now I know we are heading towards the Summer Olympics, but this Ice Hockey game is sooo cute, I simply had to include it in this round up. What a clever idea from Toddler Approved. Hop right over and check it out!

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winter olympic gameesSkiing and Bobsleighing

Another adorable and creative idea from Toddler Approved – skiing and bob sleight piste. What fun! And if these are not enough, visit the other Olympic crafts on her blog – all cute and adorable! Hooray.

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Olympic Rings, Flags & Team Support

easy olympic craftsSimple Flags to Support Your Country

I love love love these simple flags from Putti Prapancha - I spotted them a while back, when she made them for India day and I think they will be perfect for the Olympics too! The fun part about these is that you only need paper and a little tape! Genius.

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olympic crafts braceletTeam Bracelets

Get your kids engaging with letters – buy some alphabet beads and then make your olympic bracelets – brilliant – such a cute idea from No Time for Flashcards, check out her post for what to use to thread them with and more letter fun.

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olympic ring craft

Mini Olympic Rings

You will NEVER guess what these olympic rings are made out of “random upcycling” at its best - Things Bright had the great idea!

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olympic braceletsMacramé Bracelets

Even better than these mini Olympic rings, are these Macramé Bracelets – you can wear your Olympic Craft with pride. The Sister’s Guild shows us how! I think that maybe we could do these at the school fair? Maybe the children could do one at the fair and take materials home for the rest?

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olympics craftsOlympic Rings T-shirt

Oooh how about some DIY Fabric Painting – love the simplicity of this T-shirt and yet it is so effective! Great idea!! Thanks Me and My Shadow!

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Olympics craftsGolden Rings

You will find a NUMBER of crafts for London Olympics over at Thinly Spread – but I do think these golden Olympic Rings are rather special – don’t they look fantastic against the window? Hop over and see all the rest!

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olympic craft ideas

Olympic Craft Paper Chain

Of course – the humble Paper Chain – perfect for the Olympic Craft bonzanza at any school. I love the idea how all the children work on this together – real team effort! Calm Energy shares all her Olympic fun ideas for the day!

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Olympic activities kidsHoopla Game

Aaah how cute is this “mini” Hoopla Game with the Olympic rings – perfect for a rainy afternoon or a play in the garden. Love that everything is made from recycled items around the home! Multiple Mummy shares her craft!

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olympic arts and craftsOlympic Art

Does this Olympic Poster for London 2012 inspire you to Get Arty? This is by London-born Rachel Whiteread and I think it is FABULOUS! And I am sure will be an inspiration for many this summer. Read the full article on all Olympic Postsers in The Mirror Online.

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olympic art for kidsOlympics Kids Art

And look.. .Make Do & Friend did JUST THAT! and can you guess what favourite household item of mine she used to create this master piece with….?

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olympic craft ideasOlympic Cupcakes

Oooh yum yum yum.. such a simple and yet so fun idea!! Olympic Cupcakes – why didn’t I think of these!! And am sure little hands would love to help! The Gingerbread House shares her recipe!

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Olympic Fireworks

olympic activitiesFireworks in a Glass

Now there is no better way than finishing off the Olympics with a bang  - and I am pretty certain that we will be seeing lots of fireworks at the end of celebrations. How about checking out Science Sparks and making some fascinating “Fireworks in a Glass”? Cool or what!?

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Colouring Pages

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olympic colouring pages  olympic sports Wenlock & Mandeville

1. Some pictures to colour, as wells the Olympic Rings Activity Village

2. Set of Sports from Primary Games

3. The only Wenlock & Mandeville I could find is here

So… do you feel you are ready for the Olympics? I do hope you found some Olympic crafts and ideas inspiration here… and that you will be getting crafty this summer!

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  1. Fab collection of Olympic posts! Can’t wait to work my way through them all Thank you for featuring me!. x

  2. Red Ted Art says:

    Ah thank you! And thank you for rising to the Olympics challenge!!! Love the Olympic Hoopla game.

  3. Liz Burton says:

    These are amazing. I love how you give people one simple word or theme and people come up with such a diverse array of ideas.

    Genius!

    Can’t wait to try some of these. Thanks for including mine x

  4. Red Ted Art says:

    Aaah what a nice thing to say Liz!! And yes, I agree, you all came up trumps!!!! :-)

  5. Even I am going to attempt these!!!!!!! Thanks for getting everything together, our school fete is also olympic themed!!

  6. Red Ted Art says:

    Oh @Super Amazing Mum that is music to my ears!!! I know how reluctant you are about crafting ;-) Hooray for school fetes too!

  7. What a fantastic round-up! I love the Olympic memory craft!

    And thank you for sharing our wreaths :)

  8. Brilliant round up Maggy. Thanks for the inspiration! xx

  9. Red Ted Art says:

    Thank you MaryAnne and Emma!! And loved your contributions!

  10. Rebecca says:

    Sorry didn’t finish mine in time. We did make something at the weekend but my camera lost all e pictures. Aaaagh!

    • Red Ted Art says:

      Oooh what a shame – would love to see what you made!! Do come and leave a link in the comments!!!

  11. se7en says:

    Red Ted Art… Thank you – you whip the words right away!!! You are just such a cool promoter and thank you!!! I keep thinking we need to do something Olympian and then clever you discover that we have!!! Thank you so much… again and again!!!

  12. Red Ted Art says:

    @se7en :-)

  13. Wonderful! I love all these great ideas!

  14. Tracy Dixon says:

    What a brilliant selection. We will definitely be trying some of these! I think the ice hockey is my favourite, such a great idea.

  15. Pinkoddy says:

    Wow what a lot of really fantastic ideas.

  16. Red Ted Art says:

    Thank you, I was a “bit worried”, but everyone came up trumps!

  17. A fabulous collection of ideas and lots to work through this summer!

    Thanks for sharing on Family Frolics – I love your support and your posts! :)

  18. I really love that simple fabric painting idea. So doable and cute!

  19. Holy moly! What an awesome post full of activities! I am really excited for the Olympics. This post got me MORE excited…TY! ~ Marnie

  20. Jessica Pittzer says:

    hey! Thx for the awesome post! I’m excited to start to work these activies with my children at preschool…
    xoxo #fromBrazil

  21. Susie says:

    What a great collection! We’d love it if you shared it in our Crafty Showcase! We also put out a challenge for our friends to link up Christmas! Hope you join the fun!

    Susie
    http://bowdabrablog.com/2012/07/07/saturday-showcase-craft-projects-9/#

  22. Excellent resource as always Red Ted!

    Hope you don’t mind but I’ve added this link to our page featuring children’s book about the Olympics.

  23. Ally says:

    Thanks for linking up to our Olympic craft link party! Much appreciated!

  24. Susan H says:

    Love all the wonderful crafts for this exciting event. Thanks for posting them. Sorry, have to cheer for Team USA ;)

  25. Oh Maggy! waht a fabulous collection, it looks great on the ‘Kids Bloggers Go Olympic’ – Bloghop!

    With love,
    Angelique

    • Red Ted Art says:

      Aaah thank you Angelique.. I did a couple of months ago in prep for our school fair! So many more fantastic ideas out there now! And have a blog hop post all ready for tomorrow!

  26. Here’s another Olympic craft post using recycled jar lid + free printables! http://eveofreduction.com/recycled-kids-craft-olympic-gold-metal/

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