How To Organize Backyard Olympics For Kids
Every four years, people across the globe watch as elite athletes compete on the world stage and inspire millions to achieve greatness. Let the Rio Olympics serve as the inspiration for your own Olympic Games celebration with fun activities that are almost always guaranteed to spark some friendly competition. Get water bottles ready, choose your teams and lace up those gym shoes. Here are five tips on how to organize backyard Olympics for kids who just can't wait to compete.
Bring 'Em Out
Before kicking off the opening ceremony and jumping into the Games, decide on the number of people you'd like to participate and where you'd like the competition to take place. Aim for an even number of participants, (it'll make splitting into teams easier), just in case you select events that require more than one person. Make sure the location can comfortably accommodate the number of competitors. If you have more participants than the space allows, consider moving them to a nearby park. Get parents to volunteer to set up, or be judges and coaches for events.
We Are The World
The Olympics is a celebration of countries and traditions from around the world. Whether the kiddos compete as teams or as individuals, have them select a country they'd like to represent. They can make copies of the flag using construction paper and markers, fabric markers on solid color kid's tank tops, or by simply printing one from a world flag database and pinning it to a shirt. You can also add to the events by setting aside time to make crafts like handheld flags or Olympic torches. And when the Games conclude, participants will have a memento from competition day.
Get In Formation
Now that you've got your competitors fired up and your countries represented, it's time to select the games! The events you pick don't have to center around sports. You can incorporate bean bag toss, bucket toss, hula hoop, hopscotch or pool noodle javelin throw, to name a few. Since it's summertime, beat the heat with a water balloon target game or a giant water balloon fight using a multiple water balloon filler. If children seek extra physical challenges, try relay races, an obstacle course or tug-of-war. Whatever games you design, be sure to make safety a top priority.
Let The Flames Begin
No Olympics are complete without the opening ceremonies. Organize a torch passing with all of your athletes to promote teamwork and teach them about the true spirit of the Olympic Games. Rather than using an actual flame, make a paper torch or use an LED candle the children can pass to one another. Determine where the ceremony will start and conclude, and encourage every participant to engage in the time-honored tradition. You also can use the time to explain any game rules or expectations about sportsmanship. Just don't forget the Olympics theme song!
What makes the Games so memorable to all is the idea of earning that medal. Depending on how competitive you'd like to make your backyard Olympics, you can award the winners from each game, or give all the athletes a medal for their efforts. Whether you're planning a sports-related gathering or an activity-filled family barbecue, shop LTD Commodities for all your outdoor needs.