Today's Snack: The Olympic flag shows five joined circles in the
colors of all of the flags of the world: red, blue, green, yellow and black. The
circles represent the continents of the world. Though there are seven, the
Olympics symbol reduces them into five by combining North and South America
into one as "The Americas," and excluding Antarctica, where nobody lives.
see those symbols a lot during the Olympics every two years. So let's make an
one ring each from a red, green and yellow pepper. Add one "ring" made from
blue fruit leather. For the black one, you can get close enough by cutting another
ring from the fat end of a dark purple eggplant, and cut away all of the slice
but the outside ring.
on a couple of pieces of whole-grain white bread. Dip the veggie rings in a
little low-fat ranch dip, add a little fruit jam to the bread, and wash down
that mix of flavors with the best Olympic drink of all - cold water!
For torch: 1 sheet of white construction
paper, Scotch tape, and 12" squares of red, yellow, and orange tissue paper. Roll
the paper into a cone, tape it closed, and stuff the tissue paper inside,
poking it deeply into the cone.
Swimmer Michael Phelps
with one of his many gold medals.
For medals: gold foil from a craft store (look by candy-making
supplies) wrapped over a juice-can lid or other large lid, hot-glued to ribbon;
you can make silver medals out of regular aluminum foil, and for bronze medals,
color a silver one with a thick reddish-brown marker
For swim goggles: Take a 6" square piece of craft foam and cut out two
egg shapes. Then cut a slit in the center of each and insert scissors to cut
out the center, creating the "eyepieces." Then cut a 1½" piece from a pipe
cleaner and connect the two "eyepieces" like a "nosepiece." Use more pipe
cleaners to make two "earpieces." Last, cut two pieces of clear plastic wrap a
little bigger than the eye holes, and glue or glue-stick them on the inside of the
eyepieces so they don't show.
Produce your own Kids' Olympics with some creative and
unique games that will give you and your friends some world-class fun!
Make an Olympic torch and have an "opening ceremonies"
where you all parade in to the gym or multipurpose room where you will have
If you have a lot of kids, you might want to offer
Make sure to make gold (first place), silver (second
place) and bronze (third place) medals for each of the games. You'll need four
of each color for each relay that you plan. The students might enjoy making
them, or an adult can make them in advance. It might be nice to set it up so
that each student can win one medal. So near the end of your event, limit
participation just to those students who haven't yet won a medal.
You can make props in advance, such as pipe-cleaner swim
goggles, if you decide to have the "Air Swim" games listed below. You could set
up a winner's circle for the medals ceremony after each event.
would be fun for each student to make his or her own props. But basically, the
idea is to have fun, get a little exercise, and dream of actually competing in
the real thing someday.
Do this in a big room,
preferably a gym. Wearing pipe-cleaner goggles, walk or run from one end of the
gym to the other doing arms-only swimming movements. So, for example, in
backstroke, you'd walk backwards swinging your arms in alternate circles. For
breaststroke, you'd run forwards doing the breaststroke arm movements. There
should be lines painted on both ends of the gym, or you can chalk lines if
you're outside, or make "lanes" with masking tape if you're inside.
Also in a big room, set up
two-person or four-person relay teams with two team members on either end of
the gym. You have to lay down on your belly and wriggle, like a worm, to the
other end. Instead of passing a baton to the next person for the relay, you
must bump your head into your teammate's - gently! -before he or she can
wriggle to the other end.
Set out plastic cones or
other objects for a slalom course on a ski slope. Contestants must grab one
foot with one hand, and hop on the other foot making the gentle curves of the
slalom course. If you have a stopwatch, it helps decide who the winners are.
Have Fun Making Up More Events!