Monday, February 10, 2014

Winter Olympics Roundup

The Winter Olympics Begins

The Olympic Games is a special event. Since it happens only once every 4 years, it sort of marks a milestone in our children’s lives where we can observe how their interests change over time. 4 years ago my 3 year old was not at all interested in sports or in the Olympics. Now she is very excited – she enjoyed watching the Summer Olympics 2 years ago and is hoping to see winter sports now. In fact, she is so excited that she made this Styrofoam Olympic Rink entirely on her own.
Syrofoam Olympic Rink from Afterschool for Smarty Pants
I am as excited about these Winter Olympic Games as my 7 year old. I grew up in the former Soviet Union, and I still remember an excitement to be a host country for Summer Olympic Games of 1980. It was a big blow to all of us when many countries chose to boycott the Moscow Olympic Games. And now, finally, all the world is coming to Russia for this sports event.

Winter Olympics Kids Activities From After School Link Up

There were many terrific ideas to celebrate Winter Olympics with kids linked last week, and I will call out several that I loved:
1. Happy Hooligans shared a very simple but striking Olympic Rings Art, and her post also contains an excellent tutorial on reusing old canvases for children’s art.
Olympic Ring Art from Happy Hooligans
2. Playtivities shared a very unique idea about making homemade skis out of recycled materials.
Homemade Skis from Playtivities
3. Living Montessori Now has a wonderful collection of Olympic activities for kids from her archives.
Montessori-Inspired-Activities-for-Winter-or-Summer-Olympics from Living Montessori Now
4. JDaniel4’s Mom is very creative with food. She shares her Olympic-themed lunches and other ways to bring Olympics into your children’s lives in her 17 Olympic-themed activities for kids.
17_Olympic_themed_activities_for_kids from JDaniel4 Mom
5. When I was looking for winter Olympic books 4 years ago, I could hardly find any. Situation is quite different now, and my co-host The Educators’ Spin On It has a wonderful round up of books about winter Olympics and winter sports.
Books About the Winter Olympic by The Educators' Spin On It
6. If we have time for a simple Olympics craft that is both useful and pretty, I will choose these Origami Olympic Bracelets from Crayon Box Chronicles. She has detailed instructions in her guest post for All for the Boys on how to make them.
diy-olympic-bracelets from Crayon Box Chronicles

Want More Ideas?

Here is my Pinterest board with Olympic ideas and activities for kids

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    JDaniel4's Mom said...

    Thank you so much for sharing my Olympic round up!

    MONIKA said...

    What a great round up. So many awesome ideas to get the kids excited about Olympics. Thank you again, for sharing our Homemade Skis.

    Ticia said...

    Lots of fun things there to do. I need to let the kids watch some Olympics, we haven't yet (mainly because I just got the next Gargoyles DVD and I couldn't wait to watch it with them).

    Valerie @ Inner Child Fun said...

    So many GREAT ideas!! I love the Olympic bracelets. So neat!

    Heather Johansen said...

    thank you so much for including our Olympic bracelets! :)

    maryanne @ mama smiles said...

    I noticed there were several fun Olympics-themed posts in last week's linky. Love the creativity bloggers share!

    Erica MomandKiddo said...

    Your rink idea is fun. We've been watching the live streaming, but as you know I have a hard time with lots of special activities, so we've just been focusing on using a map to find where all the athletes are from.

    Carrie said...

    Wow, what a great rink!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!