Kids love the Olympics, and will enjoy watching the Vancouver Olympics this year! Whether it’s the figure skating competition, ski jumping, snowboarding, or any of the other number of sports in the Olympics, throwing your own Olympics party or organizing some of your own Olympic activities will definitely please your kids this winter.
Send an invitation to your own personal Olympic Games using the symbol from the current games. When the kids arrive, have them take a torch (even a flashlight will do!) and run around your yard to begin the games. The host child will run with the torch last and place it in a prominent place in your party area.
If you are looking to create a crafty torch, use the following: paper mache, orange felt glued to cardboard for the top of the torch, duck tape, floral sprigs, and silver spray paint.
Organize an Opening Ceremony when all of the kids have arrived. Have the kids create their own Olympic flags using small wooden dowels and crepe paper in red, white and blue. Once their flags have been made, play the Olympic-themed music and open your games with everyone waving their flags. (The kids can keep these flags as a favor from the party.)
Create an Olympic Rings Mural. Cut out five large ring shapes out of thick paper. Have the kids color each ring with the Olympic colors: red, green, black, yellow, and blue. Arrange the rings on a plain white sheet of butcher paper and hang it up for your Olympic games and closing ceremonies.
Set up a series of your own games for the kids to compete in. Here is a starter list for games to play:
- Wheelbarrow Race
- Crab Walk
- Bear Walk
- 10-Yard Dash
- Potato Sack Race
- Egg Spoon Race
- Water Balloon Toss
- Long Jump Competition
- Frisbee Toss
- Hula-Hoop Competition
- Skateboard Competition (Make sure the kids are wearing helmets!)
- Leap Frog
- Three-Legged Race