Inside: As you’re getting ready for the Olympics, remember to print out this 20-page Olympic Games printable to help your kids stay busy while also helping them learn.
It’s that time again!
The Olympic Games are just around the corner, and if you are a sports fan, it’s sure to be one of the highlights of the summer for you. Whether you are planning to watch the games with your kids or simply looking for something to keep them busy while you’re enjoying the show, these Olympic Games printables are sure to save the day.
They’re entertaining, engaging, educational for a wide range of ages.
All About Olympic Games Printable
What do your kids know about the Olympics? Where did they start? When? And what does the flaming torch or five rings have to do with it?
The All About … series gives your kids the basic information, fun facts, vocabulary words (i.e., anthem), and historical background.
Olympic Games Scavenger Hunt
Can you find everything on the list while you are watching the Olympic Games?
Did you know that Visual Challenges like Scavenger Hunts help kids get better at focusing on details, improve visual perception, and develop self-confidence? Plus, learning to pick out important features is key to building a good memory of what you’ve seen or read.
Olympic Games Challenge
Athletes who compete at the Olympic level know how to challenge themselves to do greater things. Challenging oneself is necessary for the progress of any kind. It opens your mind and expands your limits.
Do you want to participate in The Olympic Games Challenge? You will racewalk like an Olympian, play with water, slurp Japanese noodles, and learn to say “hello” as they say it in the host country of the current Olympics. Tick each activity off as you go, and let’s see if you can finish them all before the Olympic Games are over.
Olympic-Themed Creative Writing Challenge
We live in a world of global communication. Anyone can write anything, put it on the internet in the morning, and have people from the other side of the world commenting on it before lunch. What it really means is that we are bombarded with a ton of informational noise.
To get through the noise, we need to get our ideas across faster, better, and in an orderly way.
The reason I like to limit writing challenges to one page is that it teaches brevity.
When I take these creative writing challenges with my kids, I get super excited, and before I can catch myself, I’m writing a novel as my writing spills onto the next page (and the next…), and new twists and turns sprout by the second. So, I learned to start with the structure instead of letting my imagination guide my hand. It’s an essential skill to practice with your kids.
What’s my main idea? What’s my rough outline? In a world where people spend about 36 seconds reading an average news article, it’s essential to know how to capture readers’ attention.
Use these Olympic-themed creative writing challenges to practice structure, planning, and priorities in your own and your kids’ writing.
Olympic Games Art
Did you know that until 1948, The Olympic Games included an art competition? Yes, there were gold, silver, and bronze medals meted out for sports-themed paintings, sculptures, architectural designs, literary pieces (with dramatic, lyric, and epic sub-categories), and musical compositions (orchestral, instrumental, and solo divisions).
Well, now it’s your chance! Grab some paints, pencils, or markers and sketch, paint, or draw a sport-themed artwork to submit to the Olympic committee (i.e. mom and dad, or maybe grandma and grandpa?). When you are done, reward yourself with some relaxing coloring fun. The Olympic rings and flame are so much fun to color. While coloring, you will also learn that Faster, Higher, Stronger is the Olympic slogan.
Olympic Games Riddles
Oh my god, who doesn’t love a good riddle?! My kids can’t help it; they just need to know the answer to the riddle, even if they came up with a good guess on their own. So, whether it’s a double-digit addition or multiplication that stands in the way, my kids jump to the challenge just to find out whether or not their guess is correct.
Olympic-Themed Language Arts
The study of grammar, composition, and spelling is so much more fun with an engaging, relevant theme. Whether your kids are doing an Olympics crossword puzzle, Summer Olympics sports word search, or sports word scrambles, they are sure to have fun.
The answers and solutions are provided for your convenience.
Mazes provide a fun challenge. They feel like entertainment, but in fact, they require a ton of concentration. In a world of squirrel-sized attention spans, I welcome any opportunity to practice focus. (Did you know that scientists estimate that our attention spans have shrunk by 25% in the last few years? Insert horrified face!]
But that’s not all; mazes also allow your child to work on executive function skills (i.e., brainstorming various strategies), along with fine motor control and hand-eye coordination. I’m playing with the idea of creating a book of mazes for your kids. Let me know if a printable book of mazes would be something of interest to you, or if it’s just easier to buy it at the store…
In any case, let these printables give your family a fun and structured way to engage with this Olympic season!