It's hard to believe that it's time for the Olympics again!
This year, the world will be watching all the winter activities in Sochi, Russia for the 2014 Olympic Games.
It's a great opportunity to introduce something new to the kids -- maybe a new winter sport or a quick tour of the globe to find the location of Sochi.
Kids & the Olympics
One of the unique things about the Olympics is that they happen every four years -- which means your 8-year-old was 4 during the last Winter Olympics. Or maybe you had a baby who is now interested in watching the bobsled and skating events this year.
Some kids will have taken up a sport since the last set of Olympics. Maybe you have a hockey player who can't wait to see the teams square off against one another. Or even a teenager who dreams of traveling the world and is intrigued by the opportunity to see daily life in Russia. Each time the games begin, the kids have a different outlook and interest in the two-week event.
Try using some of these resources to engage the kids in learning more about the sports, location and history of the Olympics.
Screenshot of Olympic Mascot website
Learn about the Olympics
- Kids will love exploring the Home of the Olympic Mascots - it's a great kid-friendly introduction to the Olympics.
- Read a book together! There are lots of great kids books about the Olympics (both fiction and non-fiction) along with biographies about famous Olympic athletes.
Here's a few of our favorites with affiliate links for further information on the book:
Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #10: Ancient Greece and the Olympics - great nonfiction facts about the ancient games.
Hour of the Olympics - tavel with Jack & Annie back to the original Olympics.
G is for Gold Medal: An Olympics Alphabet - TONS of details about all areas of the Olympics.
Geronimo Stilton Saves the Olympics - fun fiction mystery read with your favorite mouse!
Tacky and the Winter Games - great picture book for younger kids.
How to Train with a T. Rex and Win 8 Gold Medals - LOVE the math and details shared in this story about Michael Phelps.
TIME for Kids has some wonderful ways to explore Russia on their website. Use the sightseeing guide to view some of the beautiful places and historical sites around the country. You can also follow 10-year-old Mark through a typical day and learn what it's like to go to school and live in Russia.
Another fun activity is to learn how to speak and write Russian. Kids will enjoy writing their name in Russian and hearing how to pronounce the various letters in the Russian alphabet.
Experience a New Sport
The Winter Olympics hosts 15 different sports -- from bobsledding to figure skating, hockey to curling. Head out with the family and explore a new sport:
- Spend the afternoon ice skating at a local rink.
- Head to a sledding hill and have a bobsled or luge competition with friends.
- If you've never tried skiing, now's the time! Many ski lodges will have equipment to rent. Or find a local cross country site in your area and enjoy an afternoon shusshing through the snow.
Olympic Activities for Kids
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