How to Make the Olympic Torch
According to Karen Carr, associate professor of history at Portland State University, the first Olympic Games were held to honor the Greek gods Zeus and Hera. Men traveled every four years to participate in these games. Women were not allowed to compete in the Olympics then. Since the games were held in Olympia, they became known as the Olympics. When it was time for the Olympic Games, messengers were dispatched throughout Greece and its colonies along the Black and Mediterranean seas. Despite war, countries had to stop fighting so each country's athletes could compete. Competitors were also guaranteed safe passage through any country. Celebrate the tradition of Olympic Games by creating an Olympic torch.
Things You'll Need
- White construction paper or cardboard
- Markers or stamps
- Orange, yellow and red tissue paper
Roll paper or cardboard into a cone shape. Place a piece of tape on the inside of the cone. Once the core of the torch is secured, add additional pieces of tape to the outside.
Decorate the outside of the torch by using stamps or markers. Children can draw the five Olympic rings, games from the Olympics or anything that reminds them of the spirit of competition.
Layer one piece of red, orange and yellow tissue paper on top of each other.
Roll the tissue paper together in a cone shape.
Glue or tape the tissue inside the cone. Adjust the tissue to allow all three colors to show.
- Host Olympic Games of your own. Let your children choose a few games to compete in, such as relay races and bike riding for summer Olympics, or sled races and ice-cube-fort building for winter games. Let children carry the torch to set off the games. Make medals to award to the winners. Share the history of the Olympic Games with your kids. History for Kids explains what games are and what they symbolized to ancient Greeks.
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