Recommended age group: 5–11 and 11–16
Time required: two 45–60 min sessions
Equipment: printed design sheets, drawing and/or arts and crafts materials.


This resource explores Olympic and Paralympic mascots, their design and purpose and challenges pupils to design a mascot for ParalympicsGB. 

Their are differentiated resources available for primary and secondary pupils. Part one explores the meaning, purpose and design of past Olympic and Paralympic mascots, using examples and short active tasks to engage students and get everyone moving. They can be used as an introduction to the design challenge or as a stand alone assembly or classroom activity. Part two focuses on the design challenge itself, exploring ParalympicsGB, its brand, its athletes and what it represents, before guiding pupils through the process of design their own mascot. Design sheets are included as separate downloads.

Together, the resources can fill two 45 minute to 1 hour sessions, and focus on the following key questions.

  • What is a mascot?
  • What do you know about the Olympic and Paralympic Games mascots?
  • What does a mascot do?
  • What makes a good mascot?
  • What does ParalympicsGB represent?
  • Can you design a mascot for ParalympicsGB?

Home learning

Home learning versions of the primary and secondary design presentations are provided to support families who want to take part in the Mascot Challenge at home. For those with less time, or who want to dive straight in to designing, a 'Quick Tips' version of the the presentation is also available as a brief guide to designing and entering your mascot. 

Send your designs to ParalympicsGB! EXTENDED DEADLINE!

Due to the delay in the Tokyo 2020 Games and ongoing school closures, we have extended the deadline for sending your mascots to ParalympicsGB, and created new supporting resources to help students and families take part at home! Finished designs can be sent to Get Set by 31 May 2020 for the chance to be one of selected designs displayed at ParalympicsGB House in the athletes’ village at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games and win some signed Team GB or ParalympicsGB kit! Mascot designs should be sent to ParalympicsGB using the design sheet provided (if you cannot print the design sheet, please simply enter your design in ut's own document, but make sure you provide all the information outlined on the design sheet!). Mascots can be designed using any medium, for example hand drawn, computer-aided design or modelled in 3D with a photograph of the model included on the design sheet. (Please note: do not send through original 3D models, as we will not be able to transport these to Japan!)

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