I love the Olympics. Especially the Winter Olympics. I am drawn to the TV for 16 days straight because of the romance and heroism of these great stories. As they triumph over so much adversity to simply be competing, I tear up more than I care to admit.
There was a time when I did not feel this way. I didn’t understand why everyone was watching all these sports. I didn’t care about the stories or the athletes.
The thing was, I didn’t understand the significance or the fun behind each event. So this year, I want to teach my kids about the Olympics so that we can sit down and enjoy the events together as a family.
My plan has three basic ideas. Use one or all of them.
- Watch videos about the Olympics.
- Use A Complete Kid’s Guide to the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.
- Hold our own Family Olympics.
Learning about the Olympics Idea 1
Watch videos about the Olympics.
I have a collection of shorter kid-friendly YouTube videos that you can use with your family. Just Click Here.
Learning about the Olympics Idea 2
Use A Complete Kid’s Guide to the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. This was the most inexpensive book I found on Amazon and I liked it the best of all of them. If you are interested in purchasing one, you can find it on Amazon. If you click on it through FFTC, you will be using an affiliate link that pays us a small, itty bitty commission at no extra cost to you.
Learning about the Olympics Idea 3
Hold our own Family Olympic Games.
Get creative and encourage each member of the family to design their own flag. Make a procession of the “athletes” carrying their flags and display them in a prominent spot throughout the games.
If you want to go really crazy, have each member decide their Anthem (keep a record of this because you will need these songs for the medal ceremony).
Set up your games based on the Winter Olympic Events.
After each game is complete, hold a Medal Ceremony with a bronze, silver, and gold (candy bar) medal. You can find directions on this post.
Have fun and enjoy the Winter Games with your family!