Monday, February 22, 2010
I love the Olympics! I have to confess I try to see as much of it as possible. When the children in my care were little we would celebrate these weeks with fun activities which included our own version of the Olympic experience. We made a "luge" track using the slide on the swing set and banking up snow to create a couple of turns. It was fun to make and had us thinking about the engineering involved. We discovered how sharp a turn we could maneuver and techniques to make the run really smooth. Then we had weeks of enjoying our luge track.
We discovered fun facts about different countries, made flags and our own Olympic medals. We created outdoor obstacle courses, had sled pulling contests and when the weather wasn't cooperating we made do with indoor activities that challenged us. Of course, our Olympic fever included cheering on skiers, skaters, bobsledders and all the other athletes engaged in the big contests. Those two of weeks of the Olympic Games got us through a month or more of those mid-winter blues.
I found a great blog that includes ideas you can use right now to enjoy the current Olympic experience. Check out http://countryfun.edublogs.org/!