During the summer it can be fun to watch the World Games as a family. Get even your youngest excited for the games with these fun Summer Olympics Activities for Kids.
For even more fun, invite a few friends over and host your own mini World Games in the backyard with these fun ideas.
Torch Craft — The first activity we did was create our very own World Games torch. To do this trace your child’s hand on orange construction paper (or a mixture of orange, red, and yellow) and cut out 3-4 hand prints. Use clear tape to secure the hand print flames to the inside of a paper towel tube.
After the traditional passing of the torch, the contestants gathered for a group photo.
Olympic Rings Craft — Create your very own uniforms by printing out the rings coloring sheets from the Internet to color, cut out, and tape to each child’s shirt.
Kids Summer Olympics Activities
Shot-Put — Fill water balloons ahead of time. Draw a line with sidewalk chalk and have kids stand on the line and throw the water balloon shot-put style (with their hand at their shoulder to start). Measure and see who throws the balloon the farthest.
Standing Long Jump — Once again have your children stand on the chalk line. Have them jump as far as they can. You can have each child jump twice and see if they can beat their own distance.
50 Foot Dash — Measure out approximately 50 feet and have a race.
Ring Toss — Tape your torch to the floor. Create rings with paper plates by cutting out the inner circle. See who can toss the ring to land over the torch. (We discovered that thicker paper plates worked better for this. The super thin and light ones had to be dropped over the torch.)
Be sure to have a medal ceremony at the end of the events. You can easily make medals by cutting large circles from construction paper and decorating them with gold and silver glitter. Let these dry and hang them on a loop of yarn ahead of time and you will be ready for your own medal ceremony at your kids World Games.
This year gather the kids together and have fun with your own Summer Olympics activities for kids.
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