The Olympics are a beautiful way to promote world peace as athletes from around the world come together in a demonstration of unity, excellence and strength of body and spirit. This year’s games, emerging after a year-long delay due to COVID-19, will be particularly inspiring!
There are so many amazing aspects of the Olympic Games to share with our children, from the history behind the games to watching the 16 days of competition. I have five ideas for getting your kids involved in Olympic-themed fun at home! Best of all, they can be done with items you can find around your house.
Olympic Rings Toss
Hula hoops, pool rings, embroidery hoops, paper plates — use any of these items for ring toss fun! Use rulers, dowel rods or even pencils to create five stakes in the ground in the shape of the Olympic emblem. Each player has a chance to throw his or her five rings. Each time the rings land around their ultimate goal, the Olympic Rings — representing the five major regions of the world — will take shape!
Paper Towel Roll Relay Race
For the ultimate exercise in speed and teamwork, have the children spread out so that their racing areas are equal. If you have a large group, you can have the relay teams compete, or time one group to add an element of competitive fun. Use a paper towel roll as your baton and pass from each relay runner to the next. For extra summer fun, use a water balloon instead of a baton!
Sidewalk Chalk Long Jump
Challenge your kiddos to go the distance by running and launching into a long jump, sticking their landing on two feet. Have fun keeping track of who lands where, by using a different color of sidewalk chalk for each jumper.
Rhythmic Gymnastics Dance Party
Use scarves, ribbon, streamers, anything you may have at home to add some flair to your original dance moves. Add some fun by doing synchronized mirror dancing, following the moves of your partner as you take turns leading.
Go for the Gold!
Don’t forget to celebrate your wins! Add some art and sensory fun to your games by making salt-dough gold medals to wear at your medal ceremony at the end of the games! You can find recipes and inspo on Pinterest.
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