Today we discussed Olympic torches. Only a scattering of children had seen one before or knew what one was. We talked about how people run with them and pass the flame on. I was tempted to do a little slow motion running while humming the Chariots of Fire theme song but I’m pretty sure my class thinks I’m crazy enough already.
We used card to make the base for our torches. This was quite a difficult skill to fashion it into a cone and a lot of frustration was evident (mostly on the adult’s faces!). We had some yellow, orange and red tissue paper that we joined together and scrunched into the top of the cone to form the flames. We decided it was a bit boring by itself and needed a little tizzying up. We had some red, blue and silver glitter paint in the storeroom so we used that to add a little detail and brighten up our torches a little.
On another table we had a lot of fun playing cotton wool ball races. We used straws to blow them from the start line to the finish line. It took a bit of strategy and moving around the tables but was a hit with all.