The 2020 Summer Olympics have been postponed until 2021, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the spirit of competition by keeping the tradition alive. Seamlessly, you can create your own 2020 Summer Olympics by turning the reins over to your kids. Start with an opening ceremony, move on to fun games and competitions, and finish with medal presentations, all fueled by their imagination.
It is easy to recall fond memories of huddling around the TV with my boys to watch spectacular Olympians compete after a lifetime of preparation, picking our favorites athletes and competitions, staying up way too late for young ones, and cheering on team USA as if those young lives depended on it.
Who could forget rooting for Michael Phelps from 2004-2016 during his epic medal collection? Or cheering for Shawn Johnson and the women’s gymnastic team in 2008 on their way to victory? Then came the summer of 2012 when Usain Bolt literally bolted his way into Olympic history. My boys and I were all in for every Olympic moment.
Utilize this pause in the Olympic narrative to generate some family fun by encouraging your children to produce their own version of the 2020 Summer Olympics with these simple ideas:
Rings and Medals: Be ‘crafty!’ Pinterest is FULL of wonderful, easy Olympic-themed crafts for kids of all ages. I recommend starting with the Olympic Torch, and from there you can also create the iconic Olympic Rings to keep the symbol alive in your home. The finishing touch to all-things Olympic will be creating the medals to present to your athletes at the end of the week.
Once your kids have set the stage, get the whole family involved. Choose one event per day or save your family Olympics for quality time spent competing on the weekend!
Let the Games Begin: Now that you have created your accessories for the Games, get creative in your own backyard. First, find the perfect place to display the Olympic Rings. Next, start by using your Olympic Torch for a good old-fashioned relay race. Finish, you guessed it, with the first presentation of the medals. Play our National Anthem to add an emotional touch.
Create an Olympic-Size Event: Take your backyard play set, amp it up with a jump rope, some hoola-hoops, and other ‘obstructions’ to create your own obstacle course for children of all ages. If your kids need some assistance creating an exciting course or events, this set of classic backyard games would be a fun addition to your event.
Embrace your kids taking charge of this family event by having them create a Track and Field Competition complete with long jump, high jump, and/or speed walking. Continue the Olympic extravaganza with an artful design of a Gymnastics adventure; think balance, cartwheel and going for the gold with a Perfect 10 somersault!
Go Old School: Make the most of games you may already have to keep your backyard Olympics simple. If you need to add to the mix, try the GoSports Classic Corn Hole or this GoSports Slammo and choose teams to represent different countries.
Be Cerebral: Don’t want to work up a sweat? There are games for you! Family members of any age can set-up and knock down dominoes. Compete to see who can set up the most without falling or set up separate rows to race. If you don’t already have a set at home, here is a colorful dominoes set with enough tiles to create an olympic-size layout and have hours of fun.
Embrace the creativity by taking it to the water; encourage the kids to build boats out of popsicle sticks and subsequently race them in a tub of water. (Try this boat!) Bear flags from the countries of your heritage as your children race their boats across the water’s edge!
This may be the best summer yet to create this kid-centric activity. Not only are you keeping the Olympic tradition alive but you are creating quality family time during this summer season.
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