Recommended age group: Primary and Secondary
Time required: 60 minutes
Equipment: Art materials: pencils, pens, crayons, paints. Scissors. Glue. Coloured cardboard paper.


Challenge outcomes

  • Use creativity to share pride in Team GB and ParalympicsGB.
  • Use the ancient Japanese art form of origami to create a paper medal.
  • Display a class Olympic and Paralympic torch and add words of support for Team GB and ParalympicsGB.
  • Engage with families to create a paper chain of pride around school.

Teacher notes

The Celebrate with art challenge provides a choice of art activities to celebrate and share pupil/student pride in Team GB and ParalympicsGB, and with their wider community. The medal activity uses the ancient Japanese art form of origami to create individual paper medals. These can be used for sports day, end-of-year celebrations, or to display through school. How will your school use their origami medals? (See activity sheet for a step-by-step guide.) The Olympic and Paralympic torch can be displayed in class/school and pupils/students can add flame-shaped messages to the torch. (See activity sheet with flame-shaped messages for a step-by-step guide.) The paper chain of pride uses the traditional paper chain decoration, with added messages of pride written on each by pupils/students. (See activity sheet for a step-by-step-guide.)

Support: Pupils/students could work in pairs or small groups to support each other.
Challenge: Encourage pupils/students to teach their families how to do the art activities at home.

Take it further 

  • Share pupils’ attempts on Twitter @GetSetCommunity and Instagram @GetSetClub, using the hashtag #ShareYourGBPride.
  • Encourage pupils to use whatever they have created at home during the Olympic and Paralympic Games, or for ‘I Am Team GB’ and ‘Parasport’ when the Olympic and Paralympic athletes return from the Games.