Last week I covered the steps to preparing an amazing Back Yard Olympic Games, from creating an Olympic Torch to implementing basic safety precautions. I also suggested ideas for the opening and closing ceremonies. Now it’s time to talk about the fun stuff–the actual games. Depending on the age ranges of the children that will be participating, you may need to organize several different activities for each age group.
The games can be as simple or involved as you want to make them. I often find that the simple games are the most rewarding for kids. If you are feeling a bit overwhelmed with planning the entire games, see if the neighborhood wants to pull together to plan a large event. Each household can hold a different activity in their yard and the teams could rotate through the stations. Bonus if a neighbor has a swimming pool to host various water activities.
Gymnastics (otherwise known as put down a blanket, turn up the music and watch them move around)
Running from one target to another (with adult assistance)
Stuffed animal toss
Set up hula hoops or draw large circles on the ground in the shape of the Olympic rings and have the kids jump in the circles. Place sprinklers around the area for more fun!
Set up a kiddie pool and help the kids practice their kicking moves.
Basketball using a small hoop and ball.
Tricycle Relay Races around construction cones.
Sack race (using potato sacks or sturdy trash bags)
40 meter dash
Water Balloon Toss (Earn points depending on how far the balloon is tossed)
Tug of War over a small child pool
Simple gymnastic routine set to music (could be a team event)
Rhythmic gymnastics with a ball or hoop
Sack race (using sacks or sturdy trash bags)
Frisbee (measure who can throw it the furthest or the closest to a specific target)
Jump rope (count how many times the rope is skipped)
Capture the flag
Swim races (if pool available)
And SO much more!!! Now are you ready to get those kids moving and inspired to celebrate the summer Olympic Games? Be safe, have fun and capture the moments on camera.