If you’re looking for Olympic Craft Ideas for kids to make during the Olympics, this Olympic Rings Craft is as real winner. Using just cardboard rolls and paint to match the Olympic Rings, kids can stamp up a piece of Olympic Ring art to hang on the wall of their playroom or bedroom.
Because my daycare kids really get into the whole Olympics scene, we’re focusing on some Olympic themed Crafts here in my daycare this month.
This is a great Olympic craft for preschoolers and toddlers but older kids will love it too.
You’ll love it because the supplies are minimal. All you need is a canvas (more about that in a sec), some sturdy cardboard tubes (the sturdiest are aluminum foil rolls and plastic wrap rolls), and paint.
Inexpensive art canvas idea:
You can pick up a cheap canvas at the dollar store, but here’s a little art hack for you:
When we’re creating a permanent piece of art, I love to use an old, second-hand painting as a canvas.
I pick up old, unwanted pictures and canvases at thrift shops, and we prime them, and paint over them, turning them into hooligan-made, one-of-a-kind art for our playroom. See how we’ve recycled an old canvases before with this abstract art project and with this piece of smoosh-painted art. Both of these paintings now hang on the walls of our toy room.
If you don’t have an old canvas to use, you can stamp your Olympic rings on cardboard or card stock.
For our Olympic Rings Craft, you’ll need:
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- a canvas
- Gesso or other surface primer
- white paint (or whatever colour you want for your backdrop)
- cardboard tubes (we used the sturdy ones that hold aluminum foil and plastic wrap)
- acrylic craft paint in red, green, blue, black , yellow
- small bowls or plastic lids
How to prep a second-hand canvas:
If you’re painting over an old canvas, you’ll want to prepare the surface with a primer. This will cover up all traces of the original piece of art.
I used Gesso to prime the canvas for today’s Olympic art project. In the past, I have used household latex primer for this step, and it works well too.
When the primer was dry, the kids gave it a couple of coats of white acrylic paint.
A blow dryer will speed up the drying process so you can be painting your Olympic Rings in no time.
Stamping Olympic Rings with cardboard tubes:
Now, for the fun part!
I poured a small amount of paint into some small bowls and plastic lids, and set out the cardboard tubes.
I dipped the end of each tube into a different colour, and then explained to the hooligans that they had to match the colour on the bottom of the tube to the colour of paint that they were dipping into. This prevented the paints and rings from getting “muddy”.
Let the stamping begin!
The older hooligan worked on the primed canvas, and she had a great time stamping the painting was covered in rings.
The younger hooligans worked on a piece of white cardboard, producing equally beautiful results.
For the youngest kids, I poured paint into a styrofoam produce tray, and they dipped their cardboard rolls into that.
What do you think? Didn’t our Olympic artwork turn out great? I can’t wait to hang this original piece of art in our play room!
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