Painting Olympic Figures

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On Tuesday I posted about our Winter Olympics Small World and how I set it up with our Olympic athlete figures. Today I am going to share with you how I made them with Caden’s help. 


Before we got started, I wrapped the heads of our wooden clothespin figures (given to me by with blue painters tape. I did this so that Caden could easily paint the bodies of the figures without getting paint on their heads. It worked great!


Once all the wooden figures were prepped, I set Caden up at the kitchen table. We used the new art apron and paint brushes given to use by Tip: Cover your table with brown wrapping paper or paper bag and use blue painters tape to keep it from moving. This makes clean up a breeze! And you can reuse the paper next time, just fold it up when you are done!


Using the acrylic paint set (also given to us by Caden painted the wooden figures. This is a great way to practice fine motor skills,  hand-eye coordination, and using both hands to complete a task. Above Caden is using his left hand to hold the peg still while he paints with his right hand. As you can see by his face he wasn’t thrilled with the idea of getting paint on his fingers. 


I helped him paint the rest by holding the wooden pegs for him. I also quickly painted the rest of the pegs when Caden lost interest and was ready to move on to another activity. Then when the paint was dried I used a hot glue gun, craft felt, craft foam, tooth picks and pipe cleaners gifted to me by to fashion the wooden pegs into Olympic athletes and mascots. I made two bob sledders, a skier, snowboarder and figure skater. I also made two of the Sochi Paralympics mascots, Ray of Light and Snow Flake. They are so cute I couldn’t resist! 

Wooden Peg Figures

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10 thoughts on “Painting Olympic Figures”

  1. I’ve got to get those wooden clothes pins – they make for the cutest little people!

  2. I’m in love with these little guys! My daughter would not only have fun making them but I am pretty sure they would be ice skating around the house for hours! So cute!

  3. I haven’t planned on doing anything related to the Olympics, but these guys are just too cool! I actually found a box of those pegs not too long ago; Thanks for the inspiration to turn them into little people!
    p.s. great painting tip, too! Our school table is a mess– never thought to cover it somehow. Boo!

  4. Jill says:

    This is a great idea!

    Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!

  5. Jill says:

    This is a great idea! I love it!
    Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!

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