This activity explores shapes and circles by encouraging children to look really hard at something they will see very often in the run-up to London 2012, and is designed to be accessible to primary pupils at Key Stage 1.

Detailed teachers' notes for this activity are available on our NRICH website.



Olympic Rings

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2Challenge Level:2

Five coloured interlocking rings have been the symbol of the Olympics for nearly one hundred years.
 


What colours can you see?

You can see the way they interlock if you click here.  

How would you describe the picture?
 
Can you design your own symbol using five coloured rings?

Other shapes could be linked in a similar way.
Have a go at linking five squares. Make them interesting colours.

 
 5 squares

Further information

If you're finding hard to get started, try looking at this hint.

Detailed teachers' notes for this activity are available on our NRICH website, where you can also find thousands more mathematical resources including problems, investigations and games for all ages from 5 to 19..