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The 2016 Summer Olympics will include 28 sports. A complete list of the sporting events can be found here. I am excited to introduce my kids to a few new sports. Sure, they are familiar with swimming, but synchronized swimming is something they haven’t seen. Equestrian, rugby, and pentathlon are new to them as well.
Maybe the Olympic games will spark an interest in a new-to-us sport.
I like to let my kids try new sports in a low stress way. The goal is simply to try something new and have fun! It is okay to not like something or to not be good at something right away. The Olympians train for many hours a day for many years!
I am going to encourage exploring new sports in three ways.
Summer Olympics Bingo
I created a bingo sheet to motivate my kids to try new sports. The kids can print their own sheet and cross off a box when they try a sport. The first one to get 4 in a row wins! I did not include all of the Olympic sports because some of the activities are not really available everywhere.
YouTube can be a great, inexpensive way to get pointers on a new sport. For example, it has been years since Ben was in Taekwondo classes. If he wants to check off that box, we will just search YouTube for a tutorial and he can practice in the back yard. No expensive classes necessary for Summer Olympics bingo!
If you look around your community, you will likely find ways for your children to try these sports. Gather a few friends and start playing!
If you click on the link above, you will be able to download and print a copy of the bingo card for your own kids.
2. Read Books
You know I love books, so I recommend checking out these books while taking a break from all of that running, swinging, and jumping.
- G is for Gold: An Olympic Alphabet (Sports Alphabet) by Brad Herzog
- How to Train with a T. Rex and Win 8 Gold Medals by Michael Phelps
- Nadia: The Girl Who Couldn’t Sit Still by Karlin Gray
3. Watch the Olympics
I think it is a good idea to watch some of the Olympic coverage with your kids. These athletes have worked incredibly hard to get to Rio. They are excellent models of perseverance, hard work, and grace under pressure.
Are you excited for the Olympics?