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*What are the Olympic Games?
Ages 2.5 to 6
This is an opportunity for young children to get acquainted with the
Olympic Games, but most importantly the central message during the
activities is one of friendship and peace. People
playing and working together in peace and friendship makes for a
better and beautiful world.
Activity #1: What are the Olympic Games?
Our children can first get to know a little about the Olympic Games.
Many people from many countries get together to play games and
celebrate friendship, unity and sports every four years. There
are Summer Olympic Games and Winter Olympic Games. The games
take place in a different country. The first Olympic games
originated in Greece, a beautiful country in Europe - show this on a
map or globe.
Tell the children they are going to have their own Kid's Olympic Day
Ideally this is best done on a day that children can play outside, any
time or season.
Visit the Olympic
Games Web site and share with the children some great Olympic
pictures and a little history of the games.
Activity #2: Make
an Olympic Flag - A Flag of Friends - Focus on the Circle Shape
and Letter O is for Olympic
Print this activity
page with a resemblance of the official Olympic flag. Make
sure to display one that has been colored in, cut and glue to a
drinking straw. Explain that this is a very special flag - the
1. It has five interlocking colored rings (circles) on a white background.
2. The rings represent the five major land areas of the
world - show this land areas on a map or globe.
3. The rings are interlocked to show friendship among the
* Count the rings (circles) together, read and identify the color
words of each ring.
* Have the children stand-up and have them interlock their arms and
form a circle, so that they can experience in a sensory way how the
rings interlock and unify them. Demonstrate how the rings also
resemble a letter O the first letter in the word Olympic.
* Make sure that children have crayons or markers with these
* Display the flag so children can see the sequence of colors.
Give instructions to start coloring the first ring and so forth.
* Have children practice scissor cutting skills and indicate to cut out
the flag along the solid black line.
* The flag can be taped or glued to a drinking straw or leave as
is. Get ready to sing and march with their Olympic flag with the
Activity #3: Movement & Music: It's a Small World
or The More We Get Together
Have the children pretend they are in the Olympic Games and walk or
march around the room holding up the flag. Music is essential and a
unifier! Here is: It's
a Small World (music & lyrics), or The
More We Get Together - great for 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 year olds (music
Activity #4: Olympic Torch Maze
Distribute a maze activity page - color
version or black
and white - (cut out the maze portion from the page and save the
medal templates for the next activity). Explain to the children than an
Olympic torch bearer runs to light the Olympic cauldron to start the
games during the opening ceremonies.
Ask the children to see if they can help the Olympic torch bearer
to carry the torch to the Olympic cauldron. Encourage children
to "stay on the path."
Activity #5: Making an Olympic Medal - Focus
on Circle Shape
Tell the children they are now going to make an Olympic medal to wear
for the games.
Choose the color or
black and white version.
The medal has an optional ribbon holder pattern to glue to the medal,
fold over ribbon and glue to the back of medal. The second
method is to make a hole with
hole punch and children can insert a ribbon about
18 to 24 inches long and help staple or tape the ends. You may be able
to purchase inexpensive ribbon that has red, blue, white stripes such
as depicted in the medal image or use any ribbon you have at your disposal.
Tell the children that athletes in
the Olympic games receive medals for winning games (show
this poster), such as running,
swimming, jumping, and many other sports. Today every one is a
medal winner of friendship. Now let's go to the games!
OPTIONAL: Group Picture Taking - Printable Picture Frames
This is a good time to gather the children with their Olympic
flags and medals and make a group picture or individual pictures before
the games. The children will be too tired after the
Here are printable picture frames in color
and black &
white to remember the occasion. Cut out the center circle of
the stop watch image and tape picture from behind so the picture can
be preserved without cutting. Ideas for using the picture frame:
for family album or scrapbooks, gifts for relatives, or educators can share with parents. You may also
want to plan for someone to assist to video tape the activities and
Activity #5: Olympic Games
Here are just a few games, but any games that are suitable for a
preschool birthday party can be implemented. These need to be
conducted outdoors or a large and safe ventilated area.
Materials: balloons (1 per child), a few craft feathers (craft store),
drinking straws, Easter plastic eggs and plastic spoons.
1. Game One: The Drinking Straw Race
Each racer holds a bent drinking straw between his or her nose and
upper lip. Make a demonstration. The children curl their
lip to hold it tight. See who can run to the finish line without
losing the straw. Make sure it is a short distance.
2. Game 2: The Balloon Between the Knee Race
Inflate the balloon, but not too much so that it fits comfortably
between the knees of the child. Have the children put the
balloon between their knees and run or hop to the fish
3. Game 3: Hug-the-Balloon-Friend Relay
Place a balloon between two children's tummies. Have the
children hug each other tight and move sideways to the finish line
without dropping the balloon.
4. Game 4: Birdie Feather Race
Have the children take off one shoe and sock on one foot.
Tuck a feather between two toes. The children will walk to
finish line without losing the feather, if they do they go back to the
start and try again. This can also be done with both feet (older
children) and instruct them to walk like ducks.
5. Game 5: Backward Race
This is very easy for the youngest children. Just walk
fast backwards trying not to bump into each other to the finish line.
6. Game 6: The Egg-A-Thon Race or Relay
Use plastic Easter eggs and plastic spoons. Children will try to
walk fast holding the egg in the spoon on to the finish
line. It can also be done as a relay and have one child in the
middle of the race line waiting. The children transfer the egg
to his relay partner's spoon and go!
Activity 6: Olympic Games Closing Activity
Make sure to have an ending ceremony holding the flag and sing one of
the songs again.
It is important that the games be fun and competition is not the
focus. Everyone is a winner for participating.
Make sure to have drinks and sunscreen while outdoors!
Plan for fun healthy snacks depending on the season the activity is
Additional educational materials to incorporate:
and Olympic Games Coloring Pages & Color Posters featuring
winter and summer sports
Finally, these games can be incorporated to celebrate many special occasions
and events listed in the themes column or as part of a field day
*crayons & markers
*paper & construction paper
One per child of these materials:
*plastic Easter egg and plastic spoon
*18 to 24 inches of ribbon