Winter Olympics Inspired Kids Activities

Winter Olympics Inspired Kids Activities

The 2018 Winter Olympic Games are in full swing, with medals being awarded every day to signify athletic success. Interested in taking some of that fun and bringing into your home? Now is a great time to take some of that Olympic fever and put it to good use by planning and hosting a mini Olympics with your kids as well as the rest of your family and friends!
Some items you may want will include:

  •  Plain white paper
  •  Colored paper
  •  Glue
  •  Scissors
  •  Two cups or mugs (one slightly larger than the other)
  •  Eggs
  •  Spoons
  •  Balloons
  •  Broomstick
  •  Masking tape
  •  Cones
  •  Bean bags
  •  Stopwatch
  •  Tape measure

Begin by taking the colored paper, glue, scissors, and cups (or mugs) and making your own Olympic flag! You’ll need blue, yellow, black, green, and red paper. Take the large cup or mug and trace out a circle. Then take the smaller cup or mug and center it inside the larger circle, and trace that as well. Repeat this for every color of the rings. Once you have your circles drawn, you can cut them out, and glue them on your plain white paper. Adorn your “competition” area with multiple flags for that Olympic experience!

Your mini Olympics will consist of 7 events, or in Olympic terms, a “heptathlon.” The events are as follows:

  •  Egg Race
  •  High Jump Limbo
  •  “Volleyball” (with balloons)
  •  Balloon Race
  •  Bean Bag Curling
  •  Frog Jump Long Jump
  •  Shuffle Marathon

Egg Race: An event based on speed, coordination, and balance. You’ll need the eggs and spoons for the egg race. I would suggest hard boiling them just to be safe! Set up the cones 10-20 feet apart and have the participants balance the eggs on their spoons. Once they start to move towards the first cone start the stop watch. If you drop an egg, then you may pick it up and start again. The fastest person down and back wins! You can add difficulty by placing one arm behind your back, working backwards, or using a non-dominant hand.

High Jump Limbo: Limbo with a twist! Participants will limbo under the bar one at a time, after which the bar will be lowered. Two Olympic “officials” will need to hold the broomstick at each end. Falling over or touching the stick means the participant is out. Continue lowering until you have a winner!

“Volleyball”: Each participant will need a balloon. The point of the event is to keep your balloon in the air for as long as you can – either by hitting or kicking it to keep it off of the ground. If a participant holds the balloon or if the balloon touches the ground they are out. Play until there is only one participant left!

Bean Bag Curling: Each team will need 4 bean bags. Create a target with your white and colored paper similar to a curling target (blue circle, white circle, red target in the middle). In teams, stand 8-10 feet away from the target. The participants have the goal of tossing the bean bags as close to the center target as possible.  This event involves skill and strategy as you may need to knock your opponents’ bags away from the target. The team with the beanbag(s) closest to the target wins!
Frog Jump Long Jump: Mark a starting point with masking tape on the ground. Each participant, starting in a frog position, jumps out as far as they can. To determine the winner, measure from the tape to the back of the participant’s foot. The furthest distance wins!

Shuffle Marathon: The last event is the most challenging! Participants will race on their hands and feet with their bodies in the “crab walk” position (stomachs facing the ceiling/sky). Either with cones or masking tape, create an oval similar to a running track. Determine a number of laps depending on the size of your “track” and have participants race each other around the track. The winner can be determined by racing rounds or brackets if you have an even number, or by time on a stopwatch.

Complete your mini Olympics with a medal ceremony and include lots of fluids and treats for all of your Olympic Champions!

 


 

John Ybarra, Senior Health and Wellness Director at the Spartan Stores YMCA.
John is a currently the Senior Health and Wellness Director at the Spartan Stores YMCA. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association as well as a USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach. He holds a Master’s Degree in Exercise Science and has spent time as in both NCAA Division I and Division II as a Strength Coach and coach of the Throwing Events in Track and Field.