Simple Olympic Art for Kids
I can hardly wait for the Olympics! In preparation for the opening ceremonies on Friday, we made these super simple Olympic Rings. Nothing says Olympics like the iconic rings. I love that they were really easy to create and they look so great hanging on my wall!
To create the Olympic Rings, you will need
- Red, Black, Blue, Green and Yellow Chalk Pastels (Oil pastels will work with similar results, but chalk pastels are much easier to work with)
- 5 circles for each kid, cut from heavy weight paper.
- White paper
I pulled up a picture of the Olympic rings on my computer for the kids to look at while they were creating. That way they knew which order to place each of the colored rings.
Color the edge of each circle heavily with the chalk pastel.
Rub the chalk pastel off the circle into your paper. This will create wonderful rays of color. My kids just held their circles in place with their opposite hand while they were rubbing. However, if you are working with younger children, it might be helpful to use a bit of masking tape on the back of the circles to help keep them from moving while they are rubbing.
Overlap your circles slightly. Also, the black proved to be a bit challenging since it is such a strong color. The colors will start to look muddy when they are smudged into the black, especially the yellow.
We used a similar technique to create this beautiful Light Ray Cross
, only we used oil pastels instead of the chalk. Chalk Pastels are so much more manageable for this technique and they smudge so much easier.
Since these piece are created with chalk, they will continue to smudge. If you want to keep them smudge free, spray your art work with hair spray. It works as a great fixative and is super cheap. Any hair spray works, and honestly the cheaper the better in my opinion.