Olympic for Kids: 10 Awesome Websites or Posts to Check Out

by ChristinaPilkington on July 25, 2012 · 6 comments

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I don’t know about you, but I am so excited to watch the 2012 Summer Olympics! My DVR is already set up to record the opening ceremony and first few events.

I’ve been doing some research to find some activities related to the Olympics, and I wanted to share my 10 favorite Olympic websites or post finds with you today.

 Olympic for Kids: 10 Awesome Websites or Posts to Check Out

1. Maths and Sports: Countdown to the Games  There are so many math and science activities related to the Olympics at this site that you just have to check it out. It features everything from finding patterns in photographs from the opening ceremonies of past games to designing a new Olympic track using specified directions. There are activities on this site for kids of all ages.

2. Olympic Crafts  If your kids love to do crafts, this websites has some fun ideas from creating your own Olympic torch and wreath to making your own score cards.

3. Summer Olympics 2012: Great Children’s Books about London  At Playful Learning’s website read about some really great books about London. The London pop-up book looks really cool!

4. Mini-Metric Olympics  Your kids can practice measurement skills while they perform their own mini Olympic Games. Events include: Paper Plate Discus, Cotton Ball Shot Put, Left-Handed Sponge Squeeze, Big Foot Contest, Right-Handed Marble Grab and Paper Straw Javelin.

5. Pretzels-Olympic Style – This is a fun recipe I found at the blog Country Fun is Cooking.

6. Origami Olympic Rings – At the Activity Village website.

7. Explore the Olympic Park in 3D  A load of dishes didn’t get done today because I spent too much time at this site! You can click on a venue and see 360 degree panoramic interior shots of the Park.

8. Explore Virtual Exhibits at Olympics.org   These virtual exhibits are really well done – go check them out!  There are six exhibits: Champion in the Mind, The Ancient Hero, Vancouver 2010: Sustainable Development and Living Traditions, Athletes & Science, Hope: When Spot Can Change the World, Best of the 1992-2011: 20 Years of Olympic Emotion.

9. London 2012 Mascots  You build your own virtual mascot, play games, watch films. It’s a cute website for younger kids.

10. Olympic Theme Songs  Turn up the volume on your computer and play this collection of past Olympic theme songs.

 

Photo Credit:Kenski1970

Have you come across any great websites about the Summer Olympic Games?

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  • http://creatingtreasures.blogspot.com/ tereza crump

    checking each link out. BUT….

    we are going to the beach in August and I am really looking forward to your list of things to do in the car with the children. It’s a 6 hour trip. :)

    thanks! I hope your son is well soon.

    • christinapilkington

      I’m sorry it’s taken so long to comment! I think I’m going to wait to write a longer Carschooling type post when we get back from our Rocky Mountain trip in about three weeks, but for now I’d suggest buying the book Carschooling by Diane Flynn Keith. She has so many great suggestions in there. And then try to think of what your kids like to do a lot and bring as much of that as you can in the car. We brought a little Lego baggie for Jared and maze books. I bought Alexa a new book. Plus, we had lots and lots of discussions, too.

  • Steve Pilkington

    I can see why your lists are popular! You are so good with coming up with creative ideas.

    • christinapilkington

      Thanks so much, honey! Hey, it’s been over a year and a half since I’ve had this site and you’re the first family member to leave a comment!

  • http://twitter.com/Moments2Teach Jessica

    As always, a great list! Your top 10s are fabulous. You should compile them….I think you mentioned doing this before. A collection of your posts with interactive links would be so handy!

    • christinapilkington

      You know, you’re the third person now to tell me that would be a good idea, so I’ve actually started working on that! I’m really, really hoping to have it up on the site for sale by the beginning of November. We’ll have to talk about your book sometimes, too :)

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