KEY INFORMATION

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.


ACTIVITY IDEA

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

The What is a Mascot (primary) and Introduction to Mascots (secondary) assembly/classroom presentations explore 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 to explore how different Host Nations have used art and design to represent their country, culture and sport.

The Mascot Challenge resources introduce the design challenge to create a mascot for ParalympicsGB. The presentations explore 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. However the resources can be used independently/flexibly to suit the time available and your students. 

  • 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 your mascot. 

Thank you for your entries!

The Mascot Challenge is now closed for entries and judging in in process - selected designs will be announced soon. Finalists designs will be displayed on ParalympicsGB channels and at ParalympicsGB House in the athletes’ village at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, with two overall winners also receiving some signed Team GB or ParalympicsGB kit! 

If you didn't enter the Challenge, don't worry, you can still use the resources and get designing - and please continue to share your mascot ideas on Twitter @GetSetCommunity or Instagram @GetSetClub, we love to see them! 

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