The winter games will unite people from around the world as we celebrate athletes and their hard work. Using the Olympics as a starting point for a mid-winter theme is a great way to get creative and share where each individual that you work with came from before living in the United States. Take pride in supporting Team USA, but also make it a point to communicate with families to see where they may still have family members. Multilingual pride and acceptance will shine when you incorporate a bit of the countries into the mix.
Light Your Own Torch
Before you start your Speech and Language Olympics, you will need to make a torch for each of your participants. Kids of all ages will enjoy having this part of the Olympic Games to parade around with while working on their Word Olympics. A nice torch craft is shown on Here Comes the Sun. Each person will need an empty paper towel roll, aluminum foil, tape, glue, and flame colors in tissue paper. The step by step directions are great and you could make one of your own to model the activity with children. Once the torches are finished, talk about Olympics, act out some winter sports, or find items in photos from winter sporting events.
Olympic Rings and Things
The international symbol of the Olympics are the five interlocking rings of blue, yellow, black, green, and red on a white background. These rings would make a wonderful starting point for more individualized activities for students based on their speech and language goals. You can have children use pipe cleaners and attach rings to a piece of construction paper, or simply color/paint the rings on and you are ready to go.
If younger children are working on a specific sound, give them pictures representing five different start, end, or blend sound. They can say each word out loud and then glue the picture inside the proper ring. When finished they will have a great review project to take home to practice. If you are working on vocabulary expansion, you could have students draw items that represent each of the ring colors. Older children would also be able to make rhyming pictures in each ring. The sky is the limit, so think of ways you can use five rings for a fun and flexible activity.
Flags From Our Class
Pride in your country and athletes runs high during the Olympic Games. You will see a lot of red, white, and blue all around. Take time to find out where students and their families may have come from before the first members arrived in the United States. Find out the country for each child ahead of time by checking in with their families. Have photos of the flags available for each student to use. A fun flag building project to model this with can be found on Putti’s World where they show a flag of India. Any other country can be made with the pattern. Also, consider the reverse side of the flag. Have each child represent their favorite winter Olympic sport in a drawing. When everyone is finished, you can share your flags and pride in your heritage.
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