The Olympics is perhaps the equivalent of the Eurovision Song Contest, but for sporty people. Although Great Britain certainly fair better at the Olympics, the principle is similar – bringing countries together to battle it out at various activities that they believe they do best.
Your child will most likely have learned a little bit about the Olympics at school, or Kiddi Caru nursery, and participated in a few similar events during their annual sports day. But how can you mark this global celebration of sport in your own special way and make Tokyo 2020 an Olympics to remember? Well, read on to find out.
Keep it Crafty
If your child isn’t a huge fan of sports-based activities, then that doesn’t mean that celebrating the Olympics is off the cards. There’s plenty of cutting-and-sticking to be done when it comes to this iconic event, from creating your very own opening ceremony to crafting medals and torches for your very own at-home games.
Here’s some of our top Olympics crafts:
#1. The Opening Ceremony
Let your child choose a country that they would like to represent – this could also act as a Geography teaching moment if you wish – and allow them to make their own flags. There are two ways to set up this activity, depending on the age or skill set of your child. You can either download and print off coloring-in sheets for their chosen flags or let them go rogue on blank paper and paint their flags from scratch. Once their creations are completed and dry, attach some string and get your children to parade around the living room with their flags on their backs, playing the Olympic theme in the background.
Cut out circles of cards ahead of time and offer your child the choice of bronze, silver, or gold pencils/pens/crayons. From there, they can color in circles, or even stick glitter or any kind of metallic materials to their medals. The rest of the process is easy – get string or ribbon and make a hole at the top of the circle, before tying it loosely around your child’s neck. Just like that – they’re finishing the day with a prize!
Go for Gold
If your child is interested in sports then the obvious thing to do is to set up a mini-Olympics in your back garden, or even the local park. Reminiscent of the sports day event that their school most likely hosts, it’s not as difficult as you may think to keep the little ones active and engaged in a practical Olympics celebration.
Here are our favourite sporty games:
#1. Obstacle Course
This is a great option as it can also be constructed indoors, should the weather fail you. You can also use just about anything to act as obstacles, as well as blankets and bedding to create tunnels and mountainous lumps to climb. Get a hula hoop and skipping rope involved, and you can give your child a certain number of jumps or twirls to do before they can move on to the next thing. This gives sort of a triathlon feel, but a lot more lowkey.
#2. Torch Race
Going back to the crafting sessions, you and your child can easily make your own Olympics torches out of cardboard tubes from paper towels or toilet roll holders, and stuff one end with colored paper or card – red, orange, and yellow to create a fire effect.
Then, you can get your child and their siblings or friends to play out a relay race with the torch, going from one end of the garden/house/park to the other. Simple yet effective.