Olympic torch craft

22 May

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To celebrate the arrival of the Olympic torch in our area I decided that my daughter and I should make our own torch. Explaining the Olympics and the significants of the torch to a toddler is quite tricky but I wanted her to get excited about it and this seemed like a good way to get started.

We used the cardboard tube from some wrapping paper which I cut in half. I initially tried a kitchen roll tube but it didn’t seem long enough. I then made a vertical cut from top to bottom so that I could roll it into the cone shape. I did the same with a shorter roll which I then popped into the top to block up the open side. I just happened to have some gold tissue paper lying around that we used to cover it. Before attaching the gold paper I wanted to give it the spotty effect. In reality of course, these are holes but I didn’t want to complicate matters. I realised that bubble wrap would be ideal for the pattern. So The Limpet got to work on painting the bubble wrap and printing it onto the gold paper.

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The finished effect was pretty amazing and with a bit of orange and yellow tissue paper the torch was ready and alight.

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And the reason I wanted to put in such an effort was that I knew one of todays torch bearers. It was so exciting to be there amongst the crowd and join in the celebration. I even got to hold the torch (before it was lit!) And The Limpet got to compare her torch to the real thing.

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11 Responses to “Olympic torch craft”

  1. An Everyday Story May 24, 2012 at 12:09 pm #

    How exciting for you guys to see the Olympic torch! My dad represented Australia at the Paralympics and was selected to carry the Commonwealth Games torch. I was so very proud of him. The atmosphere over your way must be amazing. I LOVE the Olympic Games!!

    • entertainingmonsters May 24, 2012 at 12:16 pm #

      Wow, good for your dad.
      I have to admit that I’m not much of a sport fan so I haven’t been that excited about the Olympics. But you’re right the atmosphere surrounding the torch relay is amazing and I felt privileged to be part of it.

  2. PinkOddy May 27, 2012 at 8:50 pm #

    What a really lovely idea. And such a good torch.

  3. Julie @ Creekside Learning May 28, 2012 at 12:12 pm #

    Oh my, how exciting that you got to hold the torch. And the one you made with your daughter is beautiful! Thanks for sharing on the Weekly Kids Co-Op.

  4. Kelly Innes (@domesticgoddesq) June 1, 2012 at 12:48 pm #

    Such a great easy way to make a torch! love it!

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