Think Outside the Box

The Winter Olympics are almost here!    We can’t think of a better way to learn about the games than to play them yourselves.  Endless family fun in Olympic form!  So much learning can be packed into this theme, it’s almost overwhelming, so choose what works for you and run with it.

Start by making your torches – use what you have on hand – paper, aluminum foil, paper towel tubes, paper plates, tempera paint, go crazy with it!  Make your medals.  You can make them simple or elaborate.  I’ve seen medals made of paper and ribbon, or even salt dough medals.   Another cool idea is to make some sugar cookies and use fruit loops to represent the Olympic  logo – edible medals!

Choose your teams.  You can use this opportunity to learn about the other countries competing in the Olympics.  Where are they?  What language do they speak?  What kind of foods do they eat?  What colors are on their flags?

Choose your competitions.  A ring toss, an ‘ice skating’ competition in your socks in the living room, and if you’re lucky enough to have snow, have a sledding race. A skateboard can be used for a snowboarding activity, and substitute hopscotch or shuffleboard for curling.  Be sure to foster good sportsmanship, and have plenty of fun.  There are so many things you can add to this.  Have fun with it.  Make it your own.  It’s always fun to “Think Outside the Box!”