It's time for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games! This year the games are being held in PyeongChang, South Korea. The opening ceremony will take place on Friday, Feb. 9th at 7pm on NBC. The games will conclude on Feb. 25th.
I've never been a huge fan of the Summer Olympics for some reason, but the Winter Olympics always get me excited! The games are unique (I'm looking at you Curling) and there seems to be such an emphasis put on the fun of the event. As a homeschool mom, this time of year also gets me thinking about how to incorporate the Olympics into my children's education while enjoying fun activities and developing a love for the event. Luckily, the internet is FULL of wonderful, free resources for doing all of that! I wanted to share them with all of you so that you might use them, as well. Even if you don't homeschool, these activities are easy to do in the evening while watching the competitions or on the weekend.
Have fun and…GO U.S.A.!
This super easy Olympic Torch craft, pictured below, was a hit with my 5 year old! The template can be printed for free: http://www.dltk-kids.com/t.asp?t=http://www.coloring.ws/sports/bpostertorch3.gif
We colored the bottom part and then we ripped up little pieces of tissue paper to glue down for the flame. Glue a straw to the back and you've got your own torch!
This craft was one of dozens of ideas available from dltk-kids. Check out everything they have to offer: http://www.dltk-kids.com/sports/2018.htm
This precious ice skate craft from Rhinestones & Pine Cones looks like a great way to use up some of those random craft supplies you have lying around!
Watching the Opening Ceremony is fun on it's own, but what could be better than decorating for your own ceremony? You can find free printables for banners, cupcake toppers, medals and so much more over at the Tip Junkie blog: https://tipjunkie.com/olympic/
This is the mother load of educational resources with an Olympics theme, and it's all FREE! Geared towards children ages 2-9, these printable activity packs will keep your kids busy for hours! Find them at 3 Dinosaurs: http://www.3dinosaurs.com/printables/packs/winterolympics.php
These baking soda and modeling clay Olympic medals could be used in all sorts of fun ways! Find the instructions on I Can Teach My Child: https://www.icanteachmychild.com/olympic-medals-made-using-baking-soda-modeling-clay/
This website actually has lots of fun craft ideas for the Olympics. Check the rest of them out here: https://www.icanteachmychild.com/olympic-activities-and-crafts-for-kids/?utm_content=buffer2fe53&utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest.com&utm_campaign=buffer
For older kids, NBC has some excellent resources online for learning about the science behind the Olympic Games! There are videos with accompanying activities. You can find everything here: http://www.nbclearn.com/science-of-the-olympic-winter-games
If you are interested in having your kids learn more about South Korea, where the games are being held, this free activity packet will cover a lot of ground! Kids will find South Korea on a map, read about the history of the region, and more! Find the complete packet from Bookshark: https://homeschool.bookshark.com/
One thing that our family did a few years ago was to recreate a chart like the one pictured above. We made the chart on a big piece of poster board and hung it in the living room. We have 5 people in our family, so we searched out what the top 5 competing countries would be. We wrote each one down on a slip of paper and put them in a bag. We then took turns blindly drawing countries until we each had one. That country was ours for the entirety of the Olympic Games. We each rooted on our individual country and placed a medal (yellow, gray or brown circle cut from construction paper) on our wall chart when our country won something. At the end of the games, we tallied up which country won in our family and that person received a little prize. It was so much fun and really got our kids engaged in watching the Olympics!
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