Olympics -- School-age
Olympic Flag Colors and Symbols
The white background symbolizes peace. The five interlocking rings represent the continents of Africa, Australia, Europe, The Americas, and Asia. The five colors of the rings are blue, yellow, black, green, and red. At least one of these colors appears in the flag of every nation.
Olympic Games Mascot
Need: assorted art materials (such as: styrofoam shapes, pipe cleaners, goggle eyes, paint, confetti, spangles, etc...)
Need: cardboard, hole punch, foil or paint (gold, silver, bronze), ribbon or yarn.
Cut discs out of cardboard. Cover the discs with foil or paint them. Punch a hole near the edge of each disc using a hole punch. Cut lengths of ribbon or yarn(24"). Then string the yarn or ribbon through the hole in the medals and tie to close.
Plan an Olympic games for the children to participate in.
Post the rules of the games and review the rules with the children.
Plan who is to do what job.
Place signs where events are located.
Have stop watches, tape measures, and whistles for the game officials.
Have an opening and closing ceremony.
Pass out medals, certificates, and prizes at the closing ceremony.
If you use yarn or rope tie some crepe paper streamers on it.
Form teams of 5 or less children. Give each child a different colored balloon or have children use markers to differentiate the balloons. Hit or kick a balloon into the air. If the balloon touches the ground or a child holds onto it they are out. Winner is the one that kept their balloon up the longest.
Several fun outdoor activities to create a fun Olympic event for children.
Print out the "Get Fit Chart" below and have each child write his/her name on it. Have the children sit on the floor and take some deep breaths. Have the children take their pulse by placing their first 2 fingers on the inside of their wrist.
Watch the clock for 20 seconds. The children count the number of times they feel their pulse for 20 seconds. Multiply the number of beats counted for 20 seconds by 3. This will give you a pulse for 1 minute. Write the number on the chart under "Resting" column. It should be between 50 and 100.
Children walk around the room at a fast pace for 1 minute. Then the children take their pulse for 20 seconds. Multiply the number by 3 and record in the "Walking" column of the chart. The number should be between 90 and 120.
Children run in place as fast as they can for 1 minute. Then have the children take their pulse for 20 seconds. Multiply the number by 3 and record in the "Running" column of the chart. The number should be between 160 and 220.
Now have the children decide which is best for their heart (sitting, walking, running).
Sites to See
Olympics Printables at Time for Kids
Download free printable activities to teach students about the Olympics.
Summer Olympic crossword, word search, vocabualry and more.
Cupcakes topper, party sign and printable medals.