Go for the Gold: Olympic-Themed Activities for Kids and Families

Last updated: June 17, 2024, at 2:29 p.m. PT

Originally published: June 7, 2024, at 2:03 p.m. PT

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The Olympics is a fantastic time to bring the excitement of sports into your home. Whether you're watching the events on TV or just looking to add some active fun to your day, we have a lineup of creative activities to make your family feel like gold medalists. 

1. DIY Olympic Torch Craft

Create your own Olympic torch using simple materials you likely have around the house. You'll need a paper towel roll, aluminum foil, and red, yellow, and orange tissue paper. Wrap the top of the paper towel roll with aluminum foil, then stuff the tissue paper inside to look like flames. Let your kids carry the torch around as you start your family Olympics!

2. Mini Sports Tournament

Set up a mini sports tournament in your backyard or living room. You can include events like:

  • Sockball Toss: Use rolled-up socks and buckets or baskets for a fun throwing game.
  • Pillowcase Sack Race: Use pillowcases for an indoor sack race.
  • Paper Plate Discus: Decorate paper plates and use them as discs for a discus throw.
  • Obstacle Course: Use household items like chairs, pillows, and jump ropes to create a simple obstacle course.

3. Medal Making

Craft your own Olympic medals using paper plates, gold or glitter paint, and ribbon. Have a mini awards ceremony to celebrate everyone's participation in your home Olympics.

4. Family Sports Drawing Contest

Have a family drawing contest where each member draws their favorite Olympic sport. Provide paper and markers, and let everyone showcase their artistic talents. Display the drawings and let everyone vote on their favorites. This activity is a great way to learn about different sports and encourage creativity.

5. Olympic Bingo

Create bingo cards (or use the ones we found) with different Olympic sports and events. As you watch the Olympics on TV, mark off the sports as you see them. The first person to get a bingo wins a special prize, like choosing the next family activity or a special treat.

6. International Cuisine Night

Pick a country participating in the Olympics and cook a meal inspired by that country’s cuisine. This is a wonderful way to explore new foods and learn about different cultures.

7. Sports Charades

Play a game of charades with an Olympic twist. Write down different sports on paper and take turns acting them out while others guess. This activity is sure to bring lots of laughter and fun!