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Olympics at Home

Olympics at Home Activity

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9 Family-Friendly Activities

Although your family may not be in attendance at the Olympics, you can still partake in all the fun with a few rounds of friendly competition at home. In keeping with Olympic spirit, you can award gold, silver and bronze medals to the top three winners of each game. Your family will have a blast getting into the sporty spirit with these Olympics-themed contests. Here's how to get started:

Olympic Ring and Torch Ring Toss

This version of the classic carnival game uses a soda bottle “torch” around which players attempt to sling paper plate Olympic rings.

What You Need:

  • Newspaper or paper grocery bag
  • Empty 2 liter soda bottle
  • White, red, green, black, yellow and blue paint
  • 5 paper plates
  • Scissors

What You Do:

  1. Spread newspaper or a grocery bag over your work surface.
  2. Have your child paint the soda bottle white. Apply two coats.
  3. Cut rings out of each of the paper plates and paint them the colors of the Olympic rings. If you are using plates that have a slippery, waxy surface on one side, use the other side so the paint can stick.
  4. Once everything is dry, you are ready to play ring toss! You can either play with the rule that the person who throws the most rings over the neck of the bottle wins, or you can assign different point values to the rings based on their color. In the latter case, the person who accrues the most points after tossing all five rings wins.

Pin the Medal on the Olympian

This is like Pin the Tail on the Donkey except, in this case, players are blindfolded and try to tape a paper medal onto a life-sized cutout of a person’s head and torso.

What You Need:

  • Paper
  • Markers
  • Double-sided tape
  • Scissors
  • Bandana

What You Do:

  1. Draw the outline of a person’s head and upper torso on a large piece of paper. Cut it out and decorate it any way you like. Perhaps embellish it with one country's symbols such as a maple leaf, for Canada, or the colors of the country's flag. Tape the “Olympian” onto a wall, making sure the cut out is low enough for your shortest player to reach.
  2. Draw and cut out a bunch of circles, or medals, and stick a piece of double-sided tape to the back of them.
  3. Line up your players in single file. One at a time, blindfold them with a bandana, spin them around several times, and then have them pin the medal as close to around the neck as possible.
  4. The player who pins the medal closest to the Olympian wins!
Updated on Jul 22, 2013
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