Tiny metal wheels under red and blue plastic discs rolled over the hardwood floor of the YMCA’s Augat Gym with a tinny, grinding sound Friday morning.
They were propelled by tiny hands, the hands of kids in kindergarten and older, kids learning curling.
More importantly, they were learning to have fun with curling and how to be good sports.
The discs were light, not the 44-pound stones grownups use on ice in the Olympic games, but the idea was the same.
The goal was to direct the disc into “the house,” a three-foot by three-foot plastic sheet with a bull’s eye in the middle.
But on Friday, technique and a score keeping were not important.
It was all about fun and that was clearly being had by the youngsters involved in an Olympic-themed “Care Camp” held by the Y for school vacation week.
Grownup hands clapped while kid hands pushed their plastic stones toward the house.
“It’s really fun,” a sixth-grader named Charli said.
She was nursing a broken leg, but it didn’t slow her down.
Working with weights has strengthened her arms, which helps with curling, she said.
With the Olympics going on in South Korea, the Olympic theme was a natural for the week, Caitlin Marshall, the Y’s after school director, said.
She and the Y’s Healthy Living Specialist Ryan Perron orchestrated the event.
Ski jumping and ice skating were clearly out of the question, but indoor curling, thanks to equipment donated by the Attleboro Rotary Club and guidance provided by Jerry Lynch, a city resident and a member of the Cape Cod Curling Club, fit beautifully.
“We thought it would be super fun to do curling,” Marshall said.
So did the kids.
The fun started with a stream of 50 or more flag-waving tots tramping into the gym with “Olympic Fanfare” by composer John Williams blaring as it does nightly on NBC, which is covering the games this year.
Lynch was on hand to cheer his charges on and teach them curling protocol — which focuses on sportsmanship.
The first thing that happens in a match is the shaking of hands, he said.
“Shake hands and say ‘good curling,’” he told the kids. “Does anyone ever make a bad shot? No. If it doesn’t get in the house, we’ll work on it.”
And off they went, little hands, propelling little discs on little wheels learning a big sport and big lessons.