Read Hour of the Olympics and the companion Fact Tracker book.
Make an Olympic Torch:
Materials: Paper towel tube, tissue paper in fire colors ( orange, red, yellow), aluminum foil.
-Wrap your paper towel role in aluminum foil.
-Cut out lots of strips of tissue paper using all of the colors. Gather them together and twist the bottom of all of the strips together. Wrap a piece of tape around the bottom.
-Then stuff the bottom of the tissue fire into the silver tube until it holds.
Make Olympic Medals:
Materials: 2 blocks of white oven bake Sculpey clay (one block should make 2 medals) or any other clay that you can bake or you can choose an air dry clay and let it dry overnight, toothpicks, ribbon or string, and silver, bronze, and gold paint.
Have your children roll a piece of clay into a small ball and the flatten it into a flat circle.
Then using a toothpick, engrave a 1st, into one, a 2nd into another, and a 3rd, into the last. These represent what place the medal is for.
Paint the 1st gold, the 2nd silver, and the 3rd bronze.
Save them for your Olympics game activity. (Advice: if you have more than one child you might want to make extra 1st place medals for when you create your home Olympic games as it might keep the activity happy rather than end in disappointment.)
Make an Olympic Leaf Crown:
If you live near trees, go on a walk and find a nice long twig with leaves still on it. Then show your children how to bend it into the shape of a circle the size of their head and then twist the stem/ twig around itself so it will stay in a circle.
Use this as your Olympic leaf crown.
Make Your Own Outdoor Olympics:
An exciting activity to bring the Olympics to life for your children is to create your own family Olympic games in your yard or if you don’t have a yard, at a local park.
You can begin with the opening ceremony somewhat shortened to the athletes (children) taking the Olympic oath, which we decided to make up (more or less about being a good and honest athlete). Then they can run with their torches and pretend to light the cauldron.
Then you and the kids can set up various Olympic inspired challenges as well as completely non-related races and challenges. Ideas include javelin throw, discus throwing using a frisbee, 100 yard dash, sack races, egg and spoon races, etc.
At the end of all the fun, gather your children for the awards ceremony. Present them with their medals that you all previously made together from the activity above, and then for extra fun, place the leaf crown on each of their heads. (Then take a picture)