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Recycled Podium (for small toys!)


I feel like colourful podiums have a real future! Imagine - artists coming together from all over the world to create podiums that reflect various cultures or social justice issues. I think it's brilliant. YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST, PEOPLE! :)



WHAT YOU NEED:

  • recycled items (boxes, lids, egg cartons, etc.)

  • other potential building materials: wooden blocks, popsicle sticks

  • embellishing items (gems, pom-poms, craft foam, ribbon, etc.)

  • hot glue gun & sticks

HOW TO MAKE:

  1. Provide various building materials and allow artists to create a structure with three platforms for toys to stand on.

  2. Embellish podiums as desired.

  3. Play! :)

ACTIVITY EXTENSIONS:

  • Write "athlete" profiles for the small toys that secure first, second, and third place!

  • Create trading cards for each "athlete" on the podium!

  • Re-enact the final game, race or competition that led the "athletes" to victory!

CONNECTION STARTERS:

  • What is your favourite sport to watch during the Olympics?

  • Which sport(s) would you like to try?

  • How do you think athletes prepare for the Olympics?

  • What is an accomplishment you are proud of?

THINGS TO CELEBRATE & ENCOURAGE:

  • following safety rules around hot glue gun

  • independent decision making during the creative process

  • re-using materials

So, Dear Olympic Committee, please consider me when you begin the roll-out of podiums WITH PURPOSE! I think it's a thing. Let's do this!


Happy connecting!


Lindsay

XOXO

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