Our activity for the Olympics at June Camp this day was to make torches from paper towel tubes – a simple project, wrapping the tubes in aluminum foil and sticking a plastic cup in the end. When you stuff the cup with tissue paper it looks like a flame, and voila, you have a torch!
However, what preschooler can merely use a paper towel tube in this manner?
At the very least it is a telescope or a sword, but really makes an unparalleled musical instrument, preferably a loud one. Within seconds our Olympic torch-bearers were transformed into a raucous band of horn players, singing loudly through their would-be torches!
Once we reined in this noisy group and completed the project, the wise teacher suggested that we sing a song, as, “You seem to be in the mood for singing.” We waved our torches and sang “This little light of mine,” without the benefit of cardboard tubular amplification.
Later, when I was bemoaning the fact that a visitor with a small, shy boy, had been inundated by our cacophony, my wise teacher friend responded, “Well, at least they could see that our children are joyful.” And that was the truth!