First, please know, I'm not huge into the Olympics. However, four years ago, I was a stay at home mom with 4 kids ~ ages 2, 3, 4, and 11. I was always looking for fun ideas to make our "ordinary" days a bit more "extraordinary". I came across a fun recipe to make Rice Krispie torches, and the creative juices just started flowing. We ended having a very fun, memorable night ~ and I've been waiting 4 years to do it again!!
So, how do you have a "Let the Games Begin" party? Here are some ideas...
Decorations ~ I bought colored beverage napkins in the 5 colors of the Olympic rings (blue, black, red, yellow, and green). I put a navy blue $ .99 table cloth down, and then pulled out leftover 4th of July supplies (a cup with American flags, etc..). I also bought balloons in the 5 Olympic colors, and put stuffed animals out on our table in USA wear (of course, substitute the USA items with wear from whatever country you call home ~ smile). Easy, inexpensive, and adorable!! :)
Games & Activities ~ There are so many great ideas out on the web to use. This year we'll play Winter Olympics BINGO (what fun!) ~ here
Have lots of color sheets and word searches at one station ~ here, here, & here.
Depending on the size of your house, kids, and your current weather, there are a TON of different games you could play. More ideas here &
Refreshments ~ As I mentioned, in 2006, I made the cutest torches out of Rice Krispies and colored ice cream cone bottoms. I can't find that recipe on-line anywhere this year, but I still have my original. (If you're interested, send me a note, and I'll pass on the recipe to you).
You could also make cupcakes and put little flags from different countries on top. Or sugar cookie rings. Food from different countries. The ideas are endless...
Teachable Moments ~ Most importantly, I love the opportunity to share the idea of 'friendship around the world' with my family.
We will have a station with a large world map, so we can look at where the various countries are located.
We will talk about the different continents when we color our Olympics flag, and stress that the white background represents peace. More info here
We will use this time as an oportunity to pray for peace and God's blessings across the world. And celebrate our differences (and similarities) with the world. What fun! :)
More Teachable ideas and activities here
One more thing.... I remember from 2006, we told the kids we would end our party by watching the lighting of the torch. We learned this will happen very late on Friday night. I made a mental note to never do this again. :) The kids stayed up MUCH LATER than usual. My recommendation would be to not mention the torch, or have your party on Saturday, and watch the torch lighting on-line. Our goal is to have fun ~ not tired, cranky kids (and parents!) :)
What about for you?? Does your family "mark this moment" in any special way?? Share your Olympics ideas with us please!! :)
Have a GREAT rest of your week!!