I love the Olympics. I spent hours while growing up watching them with my family. Some of the Adventure Mom team is lucky enough to live in Salt Lake City. This is home of the 2002 Winter Olympics. We like to spend some time outdoors and usually do some of these Olympic-themed family activities to keep fit and active.
Salt Lake and other Olympic cities like it come alive during the weeks and months before the Olympic games with various qualifying events.
Attending these events are magical and so good for young minds learning about sporting and the international community of athletes.
Those of us in Non-Olympic cities may not be attending events but are still excited to share the Olympic tradition with our families.
Here are a few things we have been doing to get ready for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
Try a New Olympic Sport
This year we introduced our kids to ice skating. Figure skating is one of my favorite Olympic events.
My son spent 20 seconds on the ice and decided it was “too slippery”. My daughter, on the other hand, loved going fast. I was so happy they had skates that fit an 18 month old.
Even thought the activity didn’t go exactly as planned, we still created wonderful memories. Get outside and enjoy winter activities as a family. Humans were not meant to hibernate through the winter.
Make Olympic Ring Fruit Pizzas
I love fruit pizza but I love it more that I found a healthier version a couple years ago.
We used raspberries for red, blueberries for blue, bananas for yellow, blackberries for black and green grapes cut in half for green. We made the Personal Pan Fruit Pizzas recipe from How Sweet It Is. We just made 5 pizzas instead of the 4 called for in the recipe.
Do you know what the colors on the Olympic flag represent? Do your kids?
Talk about the it while making and eating fruit pizzas. You might be surprised by what they know. Just in case you don’t know (I didn’t), the five rings represent the five inhabited continents of the world and the colors (red, blue, yellow, black, green & white) represent all the colors of the national flag of the world (source). What do the interlocking ring mean to you?
Watch an Olympic-themed Movie.
There have been so many movies made about past Olympic games. Check out The Washington Time list of Top 10 Olympic Movies. This is a great way to explain the Olympics to your kids and get them excited about the upcoming games.
Learn about the athletes.
One of my favorite part of the Olympics are all the stories of athletes and their incredible lives. Most have overcome amazing odds to compete and represent their countries. The Olympics website even has a section dedicated to athletes.
What are ways your family celebrates the Olympics?