No matter how carefully you plan things there’s always the chance that things will go wrong. When deciding how we could look at the Olympic rings and what activities we could do with it I stumbled upon some Olympic Ring cookies. Cooking is always a great activity for measuring, counting, fine motor skills and not to mention just delicious! That’s when things started going pear shaped. My EA reminded me that she had an appointment the next day and wouldn’t be there. Usually she
gets relegated volunteers for the cooking jobs and not knowing who would be replacing her, if anyone, I was reluctant to make the cookies. I’m informed it will be another of the EAs at our school who likes cooking so it looks like it’s back on. After school though I am talking to another teacher about making the cookies and she says “Oh you realise the ovens aren’t working, don’t you?” arrghhh!
So then I am frantically thinking about what we can do instead. We were already planning to use some old masking tape rolls a parent had donated to print rings and a cutting rings practice activity but we really needed another activity as well. It’s amazing what you can come up with under pressure with the resources you have. I was looking at the scraps of card from the cutting activity and thought we could use them for a collage. We found a large sheet of polystyrene and drew the rings on in different colours to guide the children on where to collage. We decided to leave the colours all mixed up so that it also turned into a sorting challenge.
On another table the children were using the masking tape rolls to print rings with. We demonstrated how to do one and had a laminated picture of the Olympic Rings logo but then pretty much left them to do it by themselves. Most children looked at the logo and attempted to copy it. A few children experimented with the printing process and did their own thing. It’s always interesting to see those who are willing to go “outside the box” and those that like the comfort of having something to guide them along.