Getting ready for the Olympics – The Torch

WOHO it’s Olympics week – the Opening Ceremony is on the 27th July and we’re sharing with you some preparations that you will need for your Opening Ceremony fun.

Olympic Relay Torch for Toddlers to Make

The first is the torch – essential as this will start the whole ceremony. We’ve been lucky enough to see the torch this time it was amazing, a carnival atmosphere with street bands and dancing, various global companies entertaining us. Now the real torch is very impressive – as are so many of the ones that I have seen around other blogs but we decided to go simple.

What you need to make a torch for the opening ceremony

White Cardstock (unless you have gold cardstock which would make it really special)
Sticky Tape
Tissue Paper in Red, Orange and Yellow

How you make a torch for the opening ceremony

Now our craft supplies are getting very low – I’ve been using them up ready to order for autumn and winter – so my cardstock wasn’t big enough for us. So to make it big I stuck together 3 pieces of cardstock along the landscape edge, J helped add the sticky tape.

Creating an Olympic torch with toddlers

We then had fun tearing the tissue paper into stripes to create our flames – they are best if they are different widths and lengths as this makes it more realistic. T also got in on the action – she’s starting to love tearing paper and it’s really good for fine motor skills. Once the paper was torn J and I created a cone from the cardstock and had fun sticking tape along the joins so it didn’t unroll.

Once we had the cone shape we used sticky tape to add the tissue paper to the cup to create the flames – we kept adding them until they looked full enough and that was our  torch made.

Olympic Celebrations with torch

We headed off to see the torch and had a great time watching it.

London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay

Here are a few other torches that you may like to try that we have pinned to our Bloggers Go Olympics Board on Pinterest.

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Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and now mum. She's passionate about supporting learning at school at home, bringing books alive, giving kids life skills and exploring the world around us sharing Creative, Family Friendly, Fun Ideas for the whole family on Rainy Day Mum

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  1. jaime says

    What fun! Reminds me of when the Olympics were held here in Atlanta. We got to see the touch come through town. Love the one you all made- fspdt