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Sunday, 22 July 2012

OLYMPICS WEEK - FUN KIDS ACTIVITIES

So, starting next Friday the 27th, it all kicks off!! No decent TV for a month!! Just kiding...Its great that the Olympics are around the corner and its really cool that they're being hosted so close. To celebrate this once-every-four-year-event, we thought that we would have an Olympics Week, filled with fun activities, learning about other cultures and countries and trying new foods!!

There are a few great websites that offer free printables for these activities that I will be linking in this post. 

First things first; Opening Ceremony. (9:00 pm GMT)


Over at Domestic Goddesque you can find a full tutorial on how to make this awesome Olympic Torch for your very own Opening Ceremony.

We are going to take turns passing it around from person to person before setting it in its very own vase Torch Holder before sitting down to watch the Ceremony. 



Activity Village has a list of what you'll need for this Medal list. We are going to pick 7 countries from the list and make each ones flag to add to this board. Check out the list of countries participating here.

Always Supporting my Home Team!!



COUNTRY-A-DAY

As I mentioned above, we've chosen 7 countries to feature for the first week of the games. Each day, we are going to learn about one of the chosen countries. For instance, their flag,





learning about their culture,  the sports that the country is known for and their local food. Obviously the last one would depend on how adventurous you can be with your child .We thought we would stay a bit "safe" this week and only add one or two out of the ordinary foods to the menu. These are a few suggestions for different countries / foods that you can embellish on:

USA : CORN DOGS



USA: S'MORES

UK: FISH AND CHIPS 

UK: VICTORIA SPONGE



CHINA: STIR FRY
SPAIN: CHICKEN AND CHORIZO PAELLA
INDIA: KID FRIENDLY CHICKEN CURRY


In addition to learning about the country, we thought that it would be cool to learn a few words in that country's language (okay so that doesn't really apply for the UK and USA). At the end of the country's day, you could ask the kids if they remember the word learned (and repeated) during the day. If they can remember and / or give it a good try, give them a medal for their achievement! Packs of plastic medals can be found in any pound / dollar store. 

You can look up Where did the Olympic Games start, make an Olympic Rings ring toss game and of course track your chosen countries progress to add to your Medal Tally every night before bed. 

We are really excited to get started on this!! What will you be doing to celebrate the Olympics?

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