Olympics at Home (continued)

Updated on Jul 22, 2013
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Olympics at Home Activity

What You Need:

  • Small balloons
  • Open area

What You Do:

  1. Form at least two teams with the same amount of players. Each team’s players line up in single file.
  2. The person at the front of each line puts a balloon between his knees and turns around and passes the balloon to the player behind him.
  3. The second person takes the balloon between his knees, turns around and passes it to the third person, and so on. Players cannot use their hands and the balloon may never touch the ground, otherwise that team must start over. If you don’t have white balloons, large Styrofoam balls can be substituted.
  4. The winning team is the first to pass the balloon to the very last person in the line. If it is a short line, have everyone do two or three rounds.

What You Need:

  • Ice cubes
  • Plastic cups
  • Open area
  • Teams of two

What You Do:

  1. Players pair off in two rows and face each other, standing just three feet away from each other.
  2. To begin, players in one row (A) toss the ice cube from their cups and try to get them to land inside the other rows’ cups (B). If they succeed, then they take one step backward while the teammate who caught the ice cube stays where he is.
  3. Then each player in the second row (B) slings the ice cube from the cup, aiming for the other player’s cup (A). If the ice cube is caught, then the player from the second row (B) takes a step backwards.
  4. Play continues with each side taking turns slinging and catching the ice cube. Eventually, the players move further and further apart and the ice cube begins to melt, so catching it gets trickier. If the ice cube falls, the players have to start over from the beginning.
  5. The duo that catches the ice cube while standing the farthest distance apart wins.

The classic way to play this game is an easier alternative for younger children. Simply use water balloons instead of ice cubes and have children catch the balloons with their bare hands.