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Maker Monday: Olympic Action Skater

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Sally Quinn
January22/ 2018

Excitement is building for the 2018 Winter Olympics. This week’s Maker Monday activity gives kids the chance to create an Olympic ice arena, complete with Team USA hockey players and figure skaters. The best part of the fun is using a magnet underneath to send skaters across the ice, spinning and twirling.

This project uses supplies found in most homes. At last, a use for cookie tins between holidays! The magnet doesn’t need to be anything special. We found even souvenir refrigerator magnets work.

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Cookie tin lid

8-1/2-inch-by-10-inch paper

Index card or card stock



Jumbo size paperclips

Markers or crayons


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Begin with your crowd of spectators. Cut the top half of the paper into a curve to create the illusion of an arena. Draw the dasher boards and include the Olympic rings to set the scene. Include lots of people. You can be as detailed as you like with faces, hats, and hair — or keep it basic. Add flags from a variety of competing countries.

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Fit the crowd scene inside the cookie tin lid. Tape into place on the back.

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Bend the smaller, inside part of a paperclip straight up, allowing the paperclip to stand up on its own.

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Cut the card stock or index card into a rectangle of about 2 1/2 inches by 4 inches. Draw a hockey player or figure skater, color and cut out. Tape against the upright part of the paperclip. Stand your figure on the ice and use the magnet below to move the skaters like true Olympic stars.

For more Maker Monday projects and other fun stuff for kids, visit the Kidsburgh Activities page.

Sally Quinn

Sally Quinn is an award-winning writer and editor who has been covering her favorite city for more than 20 years. She welcomes comments and story ideas for Kidsburgh.

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