Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Olympic Ring Hop

Mr. Two loves to jump!  He worked so hard to learn to jump. He practiced and practiced all over the house until he finally got it.  Now that he has mastered the skill, he says "Hop! Hop!" every time he does it.  

I thought the Olympic Ring Hop would be a fun way to talk about one of the purposes God gave our legs...JUMPING!

Because he is still so little, the concepts we teach him about God are simple.  One of the things we talk about is that God made the parts of his body.  We also talk about the purpose God gave each of those parts.

So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.  
Genesis 1:27

If you have an active child, then this might be a fun activity for you to do.

Here's what you will need:
  • 18"x12" Construction Paper (2 of each color: blue, black, red, yellow and green)
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Protractor or string and 2 pencils

Start by taping two sheets of construction paper together.

Use a protractor to draw half of your circle.  I wanted to circles to be 16 inches.  My protractor was not that big, so I just taped 8 inches of string (the radius of circle) to two pens/pencils and used that.

I then shortened the string by 3 inches and drew another arc in the center.  This will create a ring that is 3 inches wide.

Next I folded the construction paper sheets in half and cut out the outer circle.

Then I cut the center of the circle.

Unfold it, and you have a perfect ring.

I repeated the process with the four other colors.  Except this time I used the green ring as a template so I didn't have to use my ingenious homemade protractor.

Arrange the rings on the floor in the order shown.

Now have fun!

We had lots of fun with this.  Mr. Two loved hopping through the rings.  We talked about God making our bodies and also used them to work on color recognition.  It was great for his gross motor skills!

The only down side is the rings ripped a little.  I was afraid of that happening with them being made out of construction paper.  It probably would have been better to make them out of sturdier material like poster board or card board.  

That being said, it was a fun interactive activity.  And the rings were salvageable. I was able to patch them up with tape and use them again.  We will probably get a few more uses out of them.  And it was a great way to talk about God making our bodies.  That's worth it to me.

Is this an activity you would try?  What material would you use to make the rings?  Can you think of any other uses for the rings?




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