We’re busy at our house planning out our Olympic viewing. This rainy Thursday seems like a perfect chance to do some crafts and activities to get ready for the Olympics.
Decorate in Olympic style. Make an Olympic flag to hang outside or in your window and talk to your kids about the meaning behind the rings. Add some flair inside with a paper chain using the Olympic colours, flags of the world banner, or a hand-print and flag wreath.
We plan on making an Olympic medal tracking board, (similar to this printable one) to keep track of who is winning the medals.
If you are host a party there is a great free kit including ticket invitations, colouring ages and a flag bunting. There’s also a fun opening ceremonies bingo card here.
For snacks during the opening ceremonies we plan on making some Olympic flag cupcakes inspired by these ones. Coverage starts at 4pm on CTV so dinner will be in front of the TV I think. Greek salad and fish and chips seems like a good combo to celebrate the opening ceremonies.
If you are looking for some books about the Olympics, the Guelph Public Library has a good selection.
Olympics written by Chris Oxlade and David Ballheimer
Surveys the history and traditions of the Olympics, highlighting memorable events from ancient Greece to the present day.
G is for gold medal: an Olympic alphabet written by Brad Herzog and illustrated by Doug Bowles.
An alphabet book of the Olympic Games, accompanied by facts about the history of the Olympics from their origins in Ancient Greece to the current day.
Elympics: poems by X.J. Kennedy and pictures by Graham Percy.
Elephants compete in a variety of sports, such as diving, triatholon, hammer throw, and figure skating.
Hour of the Olympics by Mary Pope Osborne and illustrated by Sal Murdocca.
Their magic tree house takes Jack and Annie back to retrieve a lost story in ancient Greece, where they witness the original Olympic games and are surprised to find what girls of the time were not allowed to do.
Ancient Greece and the Olympics: a nonfiction companion to Hour of the Olympics by Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce, illustrated by Sal Murdocca
Annie and Jack present information about ancient Greece and the athletic events known as the Olympic games that were held there.
Ancient Olympics by Jackie Gaff.
Provides an overview of how the Olympics began in ancient Greece and a look at each day’s festivities.
Olympic torch by Simon Rose.
Explores the history of the Olympic torches including the one for the Vancouver Winter Games.