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Posted on Aug 3, 2012

How to host your own Olympics

How to host your own Olympics

Looking for ideas to fill your Summer Holidays?

Dedicate a day to celebrating the Olympics.

Here’s some tips to get you started:

Make up your own events

Capture the spirit of the Olympics by creating your own events that are age and ability appropriate for the kids who are taking part.

Decide in advance if you want the games to be competitve or just for fun, or a mixture of the two.

All you need for a sailing race is a paper boat and a paddling pool

I like to make up games where the boys need to team up to beat me. So if the event is throw the bean bag, they each have a turn and we add up their distances, and that combined distance is my target.

You don’t need to buy anything expensive – try to invent games from the toys you have lying around. Got a hobby horse? Then you can create your own Equestrian Centre. Got a paddling pool, then make some paper sail boats and host a yacht race.

Make it last all day
Get the kids involved in setting the events up too.

Can they design their own gymnastics floor routine, make the medals, build an obstacle course, paint archery targets?

Setting up can take all morning.

Then tell them they need to fill up on an Olympic lunch to help them perform to the best of their ability in the afternoon.

Olympic Lunch

Look upon this as a unique opportunity to mix up their diet a bit, and teach the kids about nutrition. Talk about what atheletes eat and drink and why. You can also get creative and make Olympic themed plates of food. Put different toppings on bagels to make the colours of the Olympic rings, arrange food into the shapes of flags or events, or medals. Or pick out some national foods of competing nations.

Pinterest is great for inspiration – just type Olympic food into the search bar and you will see tonnes of great ideas from other mums. Here’s a couple of my favourites:

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