Thursday, June 14, 2012

Designing Olympic Uniforms and the Olympic Village

We have been studying the upcoming Olympics here at our house. One of the things we discussed a lot was what being on a team meant since this year was the first time that Little BBQ played on a team with other kids. We discussed both the obvious things like uniforms and the more interpersonal stuff that team members do for each other. To celebrate team work we designed our own Olympic uniforms for team USA. This was also a nice introduction to fashion design. We discussed the different types of neck lines in a shirt. Little BBQ informs me that he likes V-neck shirts the most. We made a liquid water color background in sunset colors. 
Then, we cut out uniforms from scrap fabric. Next, Little BBQ drew a female and male for each of the uniforms. We pasted construction paper grass on the sunset back ground along with the athletes. Little BBQ added some details with tempura paints like the Olympic rings at the upper left hand corner of the page.

We also designed out own Olympic village out of a shallow card board box. The houses for athletes are represented by Legos®. Little BBQ got really into this project. He made a track, a pool, food carts, buses to transport the athletes, a river, and a soccer field. We discussed where different Olympic events would be held at his Olympic village. He also told me that there would be lots of carrots served at his Olympic village so the athletes can grow up big and strong.

Materials for Olympic Uniforms

2 sheets sketch paper
Liquid water colors
Oil pastels
Ball point pen
Scrap fabric
Green construction paper
Buttons and other accessories
Tempera paints


1.       Using the liquid water colors, paint a background on one of the sketch papers. Allow the back ground to dry.
2.       Draw two athletes on the second piece of sketch paper with oil pastels. Set the athletes aside.
3.       Using a ball point pen, draw the Olympic uniform on the reverse side of the fabric.
4.       Cut out the Olympic uniform and glue it on the oil pastel athlete.
5.       Cut around the two athletes. Set the athletes aside.
6.       Cut grass out of the green construction paper.
7.       Glue the grass on the back ground.
8.       Glue the athletes on the grass.
9.       Glue accessories to the Olympic uniforms.
10.   Using tempera paints, add extra details.

Materials for Box Assemblage Olympic Village

Shallow box without a lid
Crayons, oil pastel, tempura paints


1.       In pencil, lightly sketch the layout of the Olympic village.
2.       Place the Legos® to represent buildings.
3.       Decorate the Olympic village with crayons, oil pastels, and paint.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Craft: Olympic Medals

We have been doing a unit study in order to prepare for the London 2012 games. I am so excited to watch diving, swimming, and gymnastics again this summer, so I wanted to transfer some of my excitement on to Little BBQ. We have been reading a lot about the history of the modern Olympics and famous athletes. We even read about this year’s venue.

One of the hands on projects about the Olympics we did this week was to make our own Olympic medals. Little BBQ loved this project. The best part of the project was after the medals were finished when Little BBQ decided to award each of us in the family with a medal. I think these medals will be around for a long time as part of our dress up collection. Little BBQ has been walking around telling everyone that he is an Olympic medalist. I love it.

This is a simple multi day project. On day one glue is applies to wooden disks and allowed to dry to give the medals a three dimensional look. On day 2, the medals are painted gold, silver, and bronze. On day 3, a marker is used to add more patterns on the medals. Finally, an adult hot glues a ribbon the back of the medals.

Materials (for pre-school – 5th grade)

3, 4 inch wood circles (we got ours at Hobby Lobby for $0.79)
Elmer’s School Glue®
Gold, Silver, and Bronze paint
Paint brush
Alcohol based markers such as Sharpie
3 strips 7/8” blue ribbon cut to 24-30 inches depending the size of your child
Hot glue gun


1.       Apply glue designs on the wood circles. Allow to dry overnight.
2.       Paint one medal gold, another silver, and another bronze. Allow to dry overnight.
3.       Apply more designs on the medals using an alcohol based maker.
4.       Have an adult hot glue the two ends of the ribbon to the back of the medals.
5.       Enjoy!

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