An Olympic Party for Kids!

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Whether it’s a small celebration for your family or a big patriotic party, here are some fun ways to celebrate the 2016 summer Olympics

What can I say? I love a reason to have a party, and the Olympics are a fabulous reason to have fun with your kids! This year the opening ceremony starts August 5 in Rio de Janeiro and I can’t wait! I’m not exactly a sports fan, but there’s something magical about the Olympics. The whole world coming together in a positive way cheering each other on despite political differences is a pretty powerful thing. Plus I have such fond memories of watching Kim Zmeskel and Kristi Yamaguchi and Peekaboo Street as a kid. What a great time to find some positive role models for your kids (or learn some lessons in sportsmanship...I’m looking at you, Tonya Harding!) Summer Olympics are a little more exciting to me than the winter ones, but I’m glad they are separate events so I don’t have to wait 4 years in between them!  There are so many artistic, educational, edible, and athletic events that you can do with your kids either for an opening ceremony party or just throughout the weeks of the Olympics. Here are some ideas to get you started in the right direction!

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Torches, Headbands, and Flags are some simple crafts you can make with your kids using things you probably already have at home!

Olympic Crafts

Think of iconic Olympics images: the torch, the laurel wreath, the rings, the medals, and the flags representing the countries. Most likely you can use items around your house to make one of these things. A toilet paper roll and tissue paper can make a torch, construction paper and paper plates can be a wreath to wear, colored construction strips can be fashioned to make a paper chain with the Olympic colors or your country’s colors, paint a few flags and hang them in a banner, or use ribbon and foil to make medals. Those are some simple ideas. My daughter and I made headband pieces years ago and she remembers them and gets them out to wear each time the Olympics roll around! It’s just rolled up scrap fabric hot glued on felt.

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Edible medals, yummy fruit pizza, candy rings, and American flag pizza are some edible ways you can support the USA in the Olympics

Edible Olympics

What’s a party without some delicious food? Using those same common themes mentioned about you can easily make tasty treats while you watch your favorite event. Graham crackers and icing can make flags, use fruit or pepperoni to make a flag pizza or the rings, golden oreos and fruit by the foot can make medals, and cones and orange sherbet make torches. Think about which sport is your favorite and see if you can recreate it using food items. Here is a pool we made for the last summer Olympics. My friend made a cheese luge once for the winter Olympics. This year we might attempt a gymnastics cake with teddy graham athletes!

This pool cake is a little more complex but it’s fun to make an edible experience out of your favorite Olympics sport!

Educational Experiences

Now is a great time to introduce your kids to other cultures. Watch the opening ceremonies and look up the countries on a globe or atlas as the athletes enter with their flags. Visit your library and check out books on other countries. Venture out to some of the restaurants listed in our Global eating guide right here in OKC. Pick a new country each day of the Olympics and look up a few facts about that country to make a chart and compare. What animals live there, what is the weather like there, what language do they speak, how are they like America, how are they different. You may not be able to ever go to the Olympics but you can give your child a cultural experience by participating in some of these ways.

The Olympics are a great time to learn about other cultures and countries

Athletic Competition

Another great way to get your kids up and moving this summer is to set up a mini Olympics in your yard. Make a balance beam out of stumps and boards, spray paint a race track with a jump rope finish line, synchronized swimming…even in a kiddie pool, badminton and volleyball sets are pretty cheap and easy to set up, or make a mini golf course using all sorts of items in your garage. You can also make up your own olympic games: bean bag toss in a bucket, biggest splash in the kiddie pool, slip n slide races, or sling shots and tin cans. Even those crazy minute to win-it type games could be fun!

Slip-n-slide can be an Olympic sport when you make your own events in your backyard!

Even if you don’t want to host a party with these elements you can still have fun with your kids doing some of these activities during the month of August while you watch the Olympics and chant USA! USA! USA! What ideas do you have?

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Katie left her home state of Tennessee to come pursue an interior design degree in Oklahoma fourteen years ago. She met a handsome young fella from Oregon while in school, and they decided to marry and settle down in OKC. A dog and two daughters soon followed. She has been a textile designer, showroom merchandiser, custom furniture draftsman and children’s minister, but her most challenging and favorite role has definitely been that of a mother. You can read about the adventures she shares with her family at Strawberry Ruckus. Katie enjoys reading, being creative, exploring old houses, eating peanut butter, zumba and watching complete television series all at once on Netflix.



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