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Let the Games Begin- Olympic Fun with the kiddos!

After watching the first night of the Winter Olympics last night (the preliminaries), my kids starting showing me their “ice skating” jumps and twirls. It was so cute, and maybe I’m just losing my Polar Vortex mind, but I thought to myself, “We can have our own Olympics every night while we watch.”

It isn’t hard at all, and I think my kids will love it. So, here’s what I have planned to do. If you have other ideas, please share them in the comments.

· Opening Ceremonies: We’re making little torches by using aluminum foil, toilet paper tubes, and some tissue paper. You can make them even just by rolling up a piece of white paper on an angle and then stuffing some orange, red, or yellow paper in the top. We will run the torches all through the house, I’m sure more than once, since my kids never stop moving.

· Make little flags to wave out of straws and paper. I’m going to have the kids look at all the countries’ flags and choose which they want to cheer for. Of course we’ll pick USA, but I have to say I’m a big fan of the Jamaican Bobsled team. =) These can be used throughout the Olympics for the kids to wave when that country is performing.

· For figure skating: My kids already showed me that they can do triple axles just like the pros, so basically, just put some music on and let them give their performance. They can perform as singles and then maybe when they see the pairs skate they’ll agree to perform together. That could be cute. Or disastrous. I just imagined this scene from Blades of Glory happening in my living room. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQZES2Vkcws

Maybe we’ll just stick with singles!

· For speed skating or cross country skiing events, use rubber bands to attach plastic wrap to the bottoms of their feet for carpeted floors (use wash cloths or dusting cloths for hard floors) and let them “skate” up and down the halls. If you’re following the biathlon you can give them targets to knock down when they get to a certain point. Stack some cups or blocks and have them toss a ball at them.

· For the bobsled, if you have a nylon sleeping bag or any other slippery surface and non-carpeted floors, let them slip inside and give them a push across the room. You’ll get a little extra exercise at the same time (OR, you can just have your significant other or siblings do it if you’re done exerting energy for the day!).

· For ski jumping I may actually allow my kids to jump off the couch into a pile of pillows. They’ll get such a kick out of it, especially since it’s usually forbidden in our house.

I hope your families enjoy these activities over the next two weeks. I’m looking forward to this break from our normal dreary winter routine.

Be sure to check out http://www.nbcolympics.comto view any of the events at any time!

Let the games begin!!!

- Becky

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