How to Celebrate the Olympic Winter Games with Your Kids

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Tomorrow night is a big night for my son and I. The winter games start and The Lightening Thief is out in theaters. Hmm. Thank goodness for the DVR. We’ll have to tape the opening ceremony and go munch popcorn at the movies. I’ll write about the movie after we go see it opening night. In the meantime, Let the Games Begin!

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My kids love the Olympics and since my son is a huge Shaun White fan, I’ve been looking for little things to do to get them excited about the event. My son has been playing Mario vs. Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games on the Wii. He has also logged in some good time playing Wii Ski with his friends. He wants to wear his Shaun White T-shirt every other day so I’m logging in some extra laundry time.

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My daughter on the other hand, enjoys playing the games at the Official Winter Games site for kids. She loves the little mascot characters.

She Sparkles had some great ideas about how to celebrate the Winter Olympic Games with your kids.

Brian Boitano, the ex- Olympic ice skater and now Food Network host, created some good party ideas for kids.

You can even make your own Olympic Torch so the kids can reenact the passing of the torch by running around the house or the neighborhood. Seriously kids, go run outside!

I tried to get the kids to do their chores Olympic-style, with medals for the fastest dish clearer, the best technique in bed making, or the fastest dismount from their bed in the morning. They didn’t go for it.

What I really like about sharing the Olympics with my kids is the idea of perserverence and the desire to work hard at something. With such short attention spans these days and so much flash and entertainment bombarding us constantly, it is hard to get our kids to see the value in working hard at something. So many things come easy to them and there are so many tools out there to make life easier. While Iim all about making life easier, being able to focus on one thing that they love and strive to be the best at it is a valuable life skill and I like to use the Olympics as a focal point for that discussion. So as we watch the stories of the athletes on TV and all that they went through to make it to the games, I’m hoping the messages are sinking into their brains.

Other than that, my husband and I are going to watch the nightly Stephen Colbert coverage of the Winter Olympics and his sponsored Speed Skating team.

Are you kids into the Winter Olympic Games? How do you celebrate?

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  1. Can I just tell you how glad I am you stopped by my blog?? I love Chocolate Cake Moments! Where have you been all my life?? I had so much fun searching your blog yesterday, watching you on TV. What fun family ideas!! I will be back!!!

    As you get ready for the start of the Olympics, here is the recipe you requested for the Torch Treats. Have fun!!

    Olympic Torch Recipe

    In a large glass bowl, combine 1 bag (10 oz.) marshmallows and 2 Tbs. butter.
    Microwave 2 minutes to melt marshmallows completely. Stir in 6 cups crisp rice cereal. Let mixture cool slightly; lightly coat hands with vegetable oil and form handfuls into flame shapes. Place in ice-cream cones. In small bowl, combine equal parts orange, red, and yellow sprinkles. Press onto flames. Enjoy!!

    Warmly,
    Cindy :)

    Cindy Bultema
    2/12/10

  2. Cindy – Thank you for the rice krispies torch recipe. I love it! Thanks for all of your kind words about the site too. Blogging is so lonely when no one leaves comments so thank you so much for taking the time to do so. I’m adding She Sparkles to my blogroll list as well.

    Enjoy the Olympic Games!

    Sue

    Administrator
    2/12/10

  3. Today with our boys, we had a long jump contest, modeled after the big ski jump events. We even made medals and did qualifying rounds. The Olympics is a great way to get the family moving around. Loved your post on ideas!

    Lisa Reisman
    2/18/10

  4. Thanks Lisa! That sounds like a lot of fun. I’m sure your boys were excited.

    Administrator
    2/18/10

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