12 Ideas to Have Fun Watching the Winter Olympic Games






The Sochi Winter Olympics start this weekend and it’s the perfect opportunity for some family fun. Invite some friends and family over to watch the Opening Ceremony this Friday Night or spend some quality time with the kids on Saturday and Sunday watching your favorite events.

My family enjoys watching the Winter Olympics together. We love, love, love the skiing, snowboarding and sledding competitions. During the Vancouver Winter Olympics we started having our own fun during the Winter Games with some Olympic treats and family competition. Here are some Olympic-themed ideas to get you in the mood. Some may appeal to younger kids and some to older but you should be able to find an idea or two to make watching the Olympic Games together more memorable. Let the Games begin!

FYI - The Opening Ceremonies are on NBC starting at 7:30 p.m. EST on Friday, February 7th.



Winter Olympic Game Activities

1. Host your own Opening Ceremony parade. Have everyone choose a different country and march into the room carrying a flag of that country. You can find world flags to print out here. (You can print a bunch of these out and create a banner to decorate your living room.) You’ll also need to whip up some of these Glowing Tea Light Olympic Torches for the kids. Head over to OhMy-Creative.com for the easy instructions. If you really want to get educational, have each family member do a little online research and share some fun facts about the country when it’s their turn to walk into the stadium.

2. Opening Ceremony Bingo Game - Mique over at ThirtyHandmadeDays.com created these super cute Olympic Opening Ceremony Bingo Cards that you can download for free.

3. Olympic Games Mad Libs. More fun from ThirtyHandmadeDays.com. Print out her Winter Olympic Games Mad Libs for some silliness.

4. Snowball Olympic Rings Toss. MakeandTakes.com came up with a cute game to play while watching the Olympics. It’s super easy to make and yet not so easy to play.

5. Driveway Sled Race. Time to take the fun outside and have a sledding race. If you have a sloped driveway you can host your race there. If not, find a nearby hill. We’ve had races on our driveway with the kids racing and others with my daughter’s stuffed animals or my son’s action figures as the drivers. It’s pretty funny to see which toys stay on the sled longest. My son likes to cheat by spraying Pam Cooking Spray to the underside of his sled. Here are more tips and ideas on how to have fun sledding.

6. Indoor Snowball Fight. During the commercial breaks, why not get up and get active by having an indoor snowball fight. Here are the instructions to prepare and make your family room friendly ammunition.



Treats for the Olympic Games

Here are some super fun and easy Olympic-themed TREATS to make to enhance your viewing pleasure.

7. Olympic Ring Cookie Treats. We made these super easy Olympic Ring Cookie Treats out of Oreos during the last Summer Olympic Games. They will taste just as good in the winter.

8. Winter Olympic Cupcakes. Over at UncommonDesignsOnline.com, they made the cutest cupcakes with the Olympic rings. Check out their easy instructions. If you didn’t want to make their edible snow you could use white frosting and coconut flakes for the snow effect.

9. Cupcake World Flag Toppers. If you want to make it even easier to have Olympic themed cupcakes, just make your favorite recipe or pick up some pre-made cupcakes and top them with these adorable World Flag cupcake toppers from HoosierHomemade.com. Just download the file and print them, for free. Make sure you thank her in the comments!

10. Gold Medal Cereal Necklace. Your little ones will love making and wearing their very own Gold Medal. Why? Because they can eat it while watching the games. Click over to My Sisters Suitcase Blog to see how easy it is to make.

11. Fruit Salad Olympic Rings For a healthier snack alternative, create a beautiful spread by making the Olympic Rings out of different fruits. Colorful, tasty and healthy! It’s a snack for champions. SavvyMom.ca shows you how.

12. Patriotic Fruit Flag. U.S.A! U.S.A! Support your favorite team with these healthy fruit skewers arranged to look like the American flag.

Have Fun!

Does your family watch the Olympics? Which sport do you like best? Do you plan anything special to do while watching?

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