The Winter Olympics BeginsThe 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.
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 UpThere 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.
2. Playtivities shared a very unique idea about making homemade skis out of recycled materials.
3. Living Montessori Now has a wonderful collection of Olympic activities for kids from her archives.
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.
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.
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.