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It won’t be long until the next Winter Olympic games!
I love watching the Olympics with my kids. It is rare to find something family friendly that everyone in my family can agree to watch, but the Olympics fits the bill. My kids never last long sitting next to me. They are up pretending to bobsled or figure skate around the family room. A show that inspires my kids to try new sports while also showing what is possible with enough determination, hard work, and practice? Let me just set my DVR right now.
If we are going to spend a few weeks watching Olympians from around the world compete for the gold, we might as well turn this into a learning opportunity.
Winter Olympic Resources for Kids
Ted Ed Video
Ted-Ed is one of our favorite video resources for pretty much every subject. Have you ever heard of Ted Talks? Ted-Ed is a division of the popular Ted Talks that is geared towards children’s education. The talks are short and animated to hold a child’s interest.
This Ted-Ed video, How Two Decisions Led Me to Olympic Glory by Steve Mesler, explains the key characteristics that helped Steve Mesler win an Olympic gold medal for bobsledding. The short video discusses the importance of mindset.
He makes a point to tie it into the types of decisions children make every day. What decisions can change their life for the better?
Play dough with Olympic flame cookie cutter – Play dough is always a hit in my house. Red, yellow, and orange play dough would be perfect with an Olympic flame cutter.
Glowing Tea Light Olympic Torch – This craft turns common household objects into a magical Olympic torch that really lights up. It is easy enough for a preschooler, but so fun even your older elementary kids will want to make their own. There is no actual open flame, so this craft is completely safe.
Paper Plate Ice Skater – Use this printable ice skater, available as a girl or boy, and a paper plate to create a movable ice skating craft. I can totally see little ones watching the figure skaters while playing with their own figure skater.
Winter Olympics Coloring Book – Sometimes simple is best. Coloring is the perfect activity for quietly cheering on your favorite country.
Olympig! by Victoria Jamieson Boomer the pig has found competing in the Animal Olympics harder than he expected. He faces disappointment with a positive attitude. This book is not Winter Olympic specific, so you can pull it off your bookshelf again in two years.
Max and Marla by Alexandra Boiger Max and Marla are best friends who are determined to win the Winter Olympics. They give spend all of their time practicing despite facing numerous obstacles. There are only 1-2 sentences per page, making this story perfect for the preschool crowd.
Tacky and the Winter Games by Helen Lester Tacky and his penguin friends are training for the Winter Games. Tacky is of course putting his own unique spin on training. Will he add his own spin to the games too?
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