2010 Indoor Winter Olympics

Group Flags

Our children raved about our family’s 2008 Summer Olympics so much that before the 2010 Winter Olympics even began, they were asking what we were going to do to celebrate and compete at home.  I have to admit that the winter sports were much more challenging to try to recreate in order to have some fun learning experiences for the kids.  I searched online, combined ideas from various sites, and finally came up with a plan.   So, without further adieu, come follow our Olympians as they compete at the 2010 Indoor Winter Olympics!

Opening Ceremonies
Our Opening Ceremonies were not grand by any means, but it built excitement that would lead up to the Olympic events for the day.

  • We located Vancouver, British Columbia on our globe (as well as the other countries for which we had flags).
  • Each child represented their chosen country. We attached mini flags to our shirts and to our winter hats to indicate which country we represented.
  • We reviewed and discussed Colossians 3:23–24.
  • The children made Olympic Rings from tissue paper.
    Tissue Paper FlagToddler Flag
  • To get more familiar with the winter sports involved in the Olympics, we viewed photos of real events and watched a few short video clips from the official Olympic site.
  • Next, they played Winter Olympics Bingo.
    Bingo1Bingo2

Our Olympic Events

Figure Skating
The Olympians ‘skated’ in their sock feet, attempting to spin and twirl on one foot, jumping and landing on one foot, and of course, performing the free skate.

Ice Cube Bobsled Race
Bobsled

Yes, we had to bundle up…After all, it’s cold on the track!

Olympic Ring Toss
The Olympians attempted to throw diving rings onto a full bottle of pop.

Curling
Curling

Cross Country Skiing
Ski

Luge
Luge

Snowball Throwing
Snowball Throw1
Snowball Throw3
Should he have been disqualified for stepping over the line?

Sight Word Ice Hockey
Sight Word Hockey
This was a cute idea from Making Learning Fun.  You could also do addition or subtraction facts!

Additional Activities
For added fun, we brought some snow inside to discover ways to melt it.  Each child received an ice cube as well and tried to be the first one to make it disappear.  They tried adding salt to it, pouring warm water over it, rubbing it between their hands, and even tapping it.

The kids also did a Roll and count activity, Olympic word searches (1) (2), and watched as their ‘ice’ hockey player and figure skater glided across the counter.

Roll and Count

Closing Ceremony
Instead of simply passing out gold medals to all of the Olympians, I had them work extra hard to earn their gold.  To their surprise, they were given bowls filled with ice treasures!  The Olympians, at first, experienced a bit of a dilemma, but then they began to enjoy the challenge as they dug, picked, scraped, brushed, pounded, and poured hot water over the ice in order to get to their medals!

Medal Ice Treasures1 Medal Ice Treasures2 Medal Ice Treasures4 Medal Ice Treasures3

At the very end of the day, we even enjoyed a surprise Olympic sized cookie!  Congratulations to all of our Olympians.  They showed great sportsmanship and cheered each other on.

Closing Ceremony Cookie Olympic Table

Closing Ceremonies
What a fun, but exhausting day, celebrating the winter Olympics –INDOORS!

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Comments

  1. Looks like you had a lot of fun. Maybe we can do something like that after I am feeling better next week. Mike is off next Friday and I bet we could have a lot of fun with Daddy involved as well. I might have to ‘steal’ a few ‘events’.

  2. Christina Reister says:

    Hi Michelle,

    I admire your creativity and energy (especially while you’re expecting your fifth!!) Your children are so blessed by the gifts their mom gives them through such delightful themed learning experiences. This is just precious. Even those of us who don’t homeschool can find inspiration here to get our kids learning and having Winter Olympic! Thanks for sharing. Your neighbor, Chris

  3. Wow, Michelle!

    I just wanted to say “thank you, thank you, thank you” for generously sharing your talents with the world! I am so grateful for you blog and website…I’ve been using Hubbards Cupboard for a few months now, and I just have to say what excellent ideas you have. Thank you so much for unselfishly sharing your work which has made our first year of homeschooling so much easier (and helped many one income families save money with all the printouts). I am a teacher turned homeschooling mom of two girls ages 2 and 4. Seeing your smiling children just made me think of the joy mothers’ are blessed with when we follow God’s will for our families.

  4. That was so cute! I loved the medals frozen in the ice. Clever. You’re such a fun mom.

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