I really enjoy the summer Olympics and as with many things, the joy of them is heightened with children around. I've had a lot of fun talking to Mini Me about how the world has different countries, cultures, and languages, and how the Olympics allow all those groups to get together to play games.
A couple weeks ago we checked out G is for Gold Medal from our library and spent some time reading and talking about it. Mini Me got really revved up to see the Opening Ceremony and sports he'd never seen before.
One day we traced cups and used pool noodle stamps to make an Olympic flag. We decided to host a family Olympic competition over various nights the next two weeks. We'll do five events: archery, track, swimming, cycling, and an obstacle course. I think we'll even award medals and such! I wonder what our winning anthem will be...
We were gone the night of the opening ceremonies so we recorded it to watch together another day. Yesterday we spent the rainy (Praise the Lord!) afternoon watching the ceremony. The kids loved the fireworks, fire, and dancing, and provided us a dance show in our living room! It was so much fun we decided to continue it with a special floor picnic for supper. We ordered pizza and watched a few events while we ate. I think my husband was shocked that I was encouraging so much TV and eating "out" - those are rare, rare things in our house but hey, it's the Olympics! And that's pretty special.
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