Source: Tania McCartney
I am so excited about this year’s Summer Olympics! I’ve always loved the games and this year, all three of my girls are at an age where they’ll understand the excitement and competition.
I remember being around 8 or 9 years old and watching as gymnasts flew through the air, divers flipped forever before splashless entries into the pool, and my dad cheering on the track and field guys, living his ultimate dream vicariously through them.
When those Olympic rings light up at the opening ceremony on August 5, my girls and I will be front and center watching all of the glory. To get them excited ahead of time, I plan on hosting our own backyard Olympics games!
Lori’s tip: It’s about 100 degrees in the shade here! If you’re in a similar situation, why not bring your backyard Olympics games inside Instead of postponing them?
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Get your athletes ready with an Olympic Javelin Spears snack
No matter what I do with my kids, I always make sure I have some fun snacks on hand.
Fruit is a great snack that keeps them going and refreshes at the same time, and these fruit Javelin Spears are simple. On each “spear,” stack fruit in the colors of the Olympic rings.
Strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, and green apples round out the colors. I had a little trouble recreating the black ring (what fruit is black?!), but you might be able to sub in a bowl of blackberries or use black grapes. I also added some marshmallows as a sweet treat.
I put one type of fruit on each spear, then placed them on a plate for easy grabbing and enjoying. There’s a favorite fruit for everyone, making this the perfect snack for my young athletes!
1. Athlete Registration Table
Source: Tania McCartney
Grab a table, chairs, and some Dollar Store medals to set up your Athlete Registration Table! Make the kids and guests feel like real competitors as they sign a sheet saying they’re healthy and ready to compete.
Use the medals throughout to reward the efforts of the athletes. Find even more ideas for bibs, prizes, and games at Tania McCartney’s blog.
2. Water Bucket Relay
Source: Hoosier Homemade
Grab three buckets, fill them up with water, and set up a start and finish line. Have each team carry a bucket to the finish line while trying not to spill any water. The team who keeps the most water in their bucket wins! Find the details at Hoosier Homemade.
3. Hula Hoop Wars
Source: Martie Duncan
Grab those hula hoops and those hips and play a myriad of games for fun! You can see who can hula the fastest, who can hula while walking, who can hula on their arms, legs, or neck.
There are so many options that this game could be two or three events in one. Find more fun ideas for a backyard Olympics party at Martie Duncan’s blog.
4. 2-Person Wheelbarrow Races
Source: Bliss Tree
This game never gets old and never ceases to make everyone laugh. Set up a start and finish line, then pair the kids off in teams of two.
Have one grab the ankles of the other and they’re off! The first team to cross the finish line wins. Find even more backyard Olympic games ideas at Bliss Tree.
5. Hurdle Jump
Source: Tip Junkie
This one looks hard to set up but it’s really so easy. All you need are pool noodles and some sort of stakes, whether it be wooden ones or metal ones.
Simply insert the stakes into the pool noodles on each end, then poke them into the ground. Space them a few feet apart and have athletes jump over them for a fun track and field event! This game is on my list and looks so fun! Find free backyard Olympics printables and other fun ideas at Tip Junkie.
Whatever you do to celebrate the Olympics, make it big and be proud! Then watch as your kids get as excited as you used to when their favorite sports are on.