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Kids put their finger on summer Olympics

PUBLISHED: 15:43 05 August 2008 | UPDATED: 13:30 05 October 2010

Getting ready for the 'finger' Olympics at the Ragged Museum

Getting ready for the 'finger' Olympics at the Ragged Museum

YOUNGSTERS are under starter's orders for a summer-long festival themed around the Olympics. The famous Ragged School Museum in London's East End has transformed into a mini Olympiad' for summer activities with kids swapping swings for Olympic rings. The first week had children making their own athlete models to go into a model theatre of the birthplace of the Games at Mount Olympus in ancient Greece

YOUNGSTERS are under starter's orders for a summer-long festival themed around the Olympics.

The famous Ragged School Museum in London's East End has transformed into a 'mini Olympiad' for summer activities with kids swapping swings for Olympic rings.

The first week had children making their own athlete models to go into a model theatre of the birthplace of the Games at Mount Olympus in ancient Greece.

Next week will see children compete in the Ragged School's own 'finger Olympics'.

"We're particularly proud of our finger Olympics," said museum assistant Chris Bennion. "Everyone will dress their fingers up and take part in a heptathalon with seven events."

Medals will be awarded to the winners of the competition being held on August 13 and 14.

Other activities are being run each Wednesday and Thursday until the end of August, which include a celebration of the last time London hosted the Olympics in 1948 and 1908, as well as looking ahead to 2012.

Events for children aged 12 and under are 10am-5pm and are free, but under-8s have to be accompanied by an adult.

The museum in Copperfield Road next to Mile End Park is housed in the former school by the Regent's Canal that was run by Dr Barnardo for ragged Victorian children in the 19th century.

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