Olympics

Summer Activity Book

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Make an Olympic Torch Printable Olympic Medals Challenge Your Family to Olympics at Home History of the Olympics Timeline Homemade Olympic Wreath Olympic Medal Tracker Olympic Word Search Olympic Word Search Answer Key 1896 Olympics 1896 Olympics Answer Key Olympic Pins Make an Adopt-a-Nation Olympic Chart Big Ben Coloring Page

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you can apply more pieces of tape until the cone is sturdy. 5. 3. Now it’s time to carry the torch! 1 . gain an appreciation of peace. 2. and yellow. then tape the bottom of the paper to the interior of the torch as best you can. Note which edge you want to be on the inside of the torch. and get inspired for athletic achievement. wrestling. Decorate the torch with Greek designs such as the “key pattern. Let your creativity run wild! 4. there is the ceremonious journey of the Olympic torch. But they’re also a great time for some Olympics crafts that will keep your child from spending all his time glued to the action.Activity MAke An olyMpic torch Make an Olympic Torch by Rose Garrett The Olympics present the perfect opportunity to learn about other countries. Apply a piece of packing tape to the inside of the cone. its time to set it alight using flame-colored tissue paper. Once you’ve decorated your torch. the torch must burn brightly as a symbol of the enduring tradition of the Olympics. Passed from hand to hand. orange. Select one sheet each of red. and country to country. Once secure. Spend a minute arranging the paper so that it looks flame-like. yellow and orange tissue paper What You Do: 1. and insert them into the open top of your torch.” and drawings of athletes running. where the paper overlaps itself. Roll up the poster board until it is roughly the right size and shape to serve as the torch. Here’s how to make your own: What You Need: • • • • White poster board Packing tape Blue marker Red. Before the Games even begin. and swimming.

Worksheet printAble olyMpic MedAls Printable Olympic Medals Cut out and decorate these Olympic medals. Add ribbon or yarn to complete these champion accessories! 2 .

Your family will have a blast getting into the sporty spirit with these Olympics-themed contests. 2. 3 . What You Need: • • • • • Newspaper or paper grocery bag Empty 2 liter soda bottle White. Here’s how to get started: Olympic Ring and Torch Ring Toss This version of the classic carnival game uses a soda bottle “torch” around which players attempt to sling paper plate Olympic rings. Spread newspaper or a grocery bag over your work surface. green. the person who accrues the most points after tossing all five rings wins. If you are using plates that have a slippery. red. 4.Activity chAllenge your fAMily to olyMpics At hoMe Challenge Your Family to Olympics at Home by Dina Brooks Although your family may not be in attendance at the Olympics. 3. use the other side so the paint can stick. you are ready to play ring toss! You can either play with the rule that the person who throws the most rings over the neck of the bottle wins. black. yellow and blue paint 5 paper plates Scissors What You Do: 1. Have your child paint the soda bottle white. you can award gold. In the latter case. silver and bronze medals to the top three winners of each game. you can still partake in all the fun with a few rounds of friendly competition at home. Once everything is dry. In keeping with Olympic spirit. or you can assign different point values to the rings based on their color. Cut rings out of each of the paper plates and paint them the colors of the Olympic rings. Apply two coats. waxy surface on one side.

Line up your players in single file. or medals. and then have them pin the medal as close to around the neck as possible. Perhaps embellish it with one country’s symbols such as a maple leaf. or the colors of the country’s flag. and stick a piece of double-sided tape to the back of them. Draw and cut out a bunch of circles. blindfold them with a bandana. Draw the outline of a person’s head and upper torso on a large piece of paper. 2. players are blindfolded and try to tape a paper medal onto a life-sized cutout of a person’s head and torso. Tape the “Olympian” onto a wall. One at a time. spin them around several times. 4. What You Need: • • • • • Paper Markers Double-sided tape Scissors Bandana What You Do: 1. Cut it out and decorate it any way you like. What You Need: • • • Ice cubes Spoon for each player Open area 4 . for Canada. The object of the classic game is to see who can carry an ice cube on a spoon to the finish line the fastest without letting it drop. The player who pins the medal closest to the Olympian wins! Ice Cube Relay Race This version of the Egg Relay uses ice cubes instead of eggs. in this case. 3. making sure the cut out is low enough for your shortest player to reach.Activity chAllenge your fAMily to olyMpics At hoMe Pin the Medal on the Olympian This is like Pin the Tail on the Donkey except.

put it back onto the spoon and continue. The second person takes the balloon between his knees. Balloon Relay Race The object of this game is to see which team can pass a balloon. large Styrofoam balls can be substituted. 5. 3. If the person drops the ice cube. Have players spread out and line up side by side. Each team’s players line up in single file. Players cannot use their hands and the balloon may never touch the ground. players can hold balloons under their chins and try to pass them from chin to chin. and so on. Alternatively.Activity chAllenge your fAMily to olyMpics At hoMe What You Do: 1. 4. Have them race with the ice cube on the spoon. otherwise that team must start over. until everyone has had a turn running with the spoon. The person who reaches the finish line the fastest with the ice cube on the spoon wins. If you don’t have white balloons. What You Need: • • Small balloons Open area What You Do: 1. Hand each player a spoon and an ice cube. then he can pick it up. 2. 5 . between their knees the fastest without letting the balloon drop. Form at least two teams with the same amount of players. 2. then form a relay and have the first person run part of the distance then have the second person take the spoon from him and so on. If a lot of people are playing. 3. The person at the front of each line puts a balloon between his knees and turns around and passes the balloon to the player behind him. turns around and passes it to the third person.

If the ice cube falls. Players pair off in two rows and face each other. Then each player in the second row (B) slings the ice cube from the cup. 3.Activity chAllenge your fAMily to olyMpics At hoMe 4. players in one row (A) toss the ice cube from their cups and try to get them to land inside the other rows’ cups (B). If it is a short line. What You Need: • • • • Ice cubes Plastic cups Open area Teams of two What You Do: 1. 2. The duo that catches the ice cube while standing the farthest distance apart wins. Ice Cube Toss The object of the game is to see which team can catch the ice cube in a cup while standing the farthest distance apart from each other. 6 . The winning team is the first to pass the balloon to the very last person in the line. Eventually. If they succeed. If the ice cube is caught. Simply use water balloons instead of ice cubes and have children catch the balloons with their bare hands. 4. aiming for the other player’s cup (A). standing just three feet away from each other. the players move further and further apart and the ice cube begins to melt. To begin. then they take one step backward while the teammate who caught the ice cube stays where he is. Play continues with each side taking turns slinging and catching the ice cube. so catching it gets trickier. then the player from the second row (B) takes a step backwards. The classic way to play this game is an easier alternative for younger children. the players have to start over from the beginning. have everyone do two or three rounds. 5.

in the United Kingdom. Greece. The games in Mexico were held at the highest elevation ever. 1936 2012 7 . history of the olyMpics tiMeline 2004 The games return to Athens. The Olympic Games were abolished by the Christian Byzantine Emperor Theodosius I. Baron Pierre de Coubertin of France successfully campaigned to reinstate the Olympic Games in Athens.C 1940 &1944 The Olympic Games are cancelled due to WWII. basketball team known as the “Dream Team” wins the gold winning all their matches. 1972 U.S. The Olympic Games began at Olympia in Greece. Less than 300 athletes represented 13 nations. March 24. There was only one event back then: the 200-yard dash. 1896 1960 The summer games in Rome are the first to be televised world-wide. Held in London.D First ever Olympic torch. 25 Olympic records were broken in the Tokyo summer games.Worksheet History of the Olympics Timeline 1968 1924 The Winter Olympic Games begin. 1964 Mohammed Ali lights the Olympic torch.S. because of their Pagan influences.A loses the basketball competition for the first time against the Soviet Union. 393 A. Greece. 776 B. 1996 1992 The U.

and then try re-enacting it. place the crafty crown upon his head! Have some pretend-play fun by encouraging him to imagine what an ancient Greek Olympic ceremony might have looked like. or even twigs. Encourage him to overlap the leaves and twigs. Times have certainly changed. What You Need: • • • • • Construction paper (white. Make sure to let them dry before he wears the headpiece. but why not pay homage to this ancient tradition with a modern-day version of this wearable wreath? Your kid learns a little something about the ancient Games as he enjoys this fine motor skill-boosting craft that utilizes nature as its main ingredient. 3. The traditional wreaths were green. so the leaves don’t fall off. a wreath woven out of olive branches —symbolizing peace in ancient Greece—was placed upon his head. If he can’t find enough leaves outside. Using white glue. 2. invite him to cut out leaves using different shades of construction paper and glue those on. utilizing as much of the length as possible. Cut a 2-inch wide strip of the construction paper. green. Once it has dried completely. have him attach leaves along the headband until there are more leaves visible than paper. Cope If an Olympic athlete won an event during the ancient Olympic Games. for his headpiece.Activity hoMeMAde olyMpic WreAth Homemade Olympic Wreath by Lisa M. but he can choose leaves of any color. or brown is best) Stapler Scissors Leaves (green ones if you can find them. 5. or small delicate twigs) Glue (white craft glue) What You Do: 1. 8 . Have him go outside and pick the leaves he wishes to use. 4. Measure the circumference of your child’s head using the strip and staple it together—away from your child’s head—so that it fits snugly.

000m 4 x 100 Relay 4 x 400 Relay Decathlon Heptathlon Badminton Singles Doubles Mixed Doubles Men’s Women’s Men’s Women’s Men’s Women’s Men’s Women’s Men’s Women’s Men’s Women’s Men’s Women’s Men’s Women’s Men’s Women’s Men’s Women’s Men’s Women’s Men’s Women’s Men’s Women’s Men’s Women’s Men’s Women’s Men’s Women’s Men’s Women’s Men’s Women’s Men’s Women’s Men’s Women’s Men’s Men’s Women’s Men’s Women’s Men’s Women’s Men’s Women’s Men’s Women’s Men’s Women’s Men’s Women’s Gold Silver Bronze 201 Olympics Medal Tracker London2 Olympic event! Use this chart keep track of which countries won the medals each Basketball Gold Silver Bronze Beach Volleyball Boxing Light Fly Fly Bantam Light Light Welter Welter Middle Men’s Women’s Men’s Women’s (49kg) (52kg) (51kg) (56kg) (60kg) (64kg) (69kg) (75kg) Gold Gold Gold Silver Silver Silver Bronze Bronze Bronze (81kg) Light Heavy (91kg) Heavy Super Heavy (+91kg) Canoe Slalom Men’s Men’s Women’s Men’s Men’s Women’s Men’s Men’s Men’s Women’s Men’s Men’s Men’s Men’s Women’s Men’s Men’s Men’s Women’s Women’s Men’s Women’s Men’s Women’s Men’s Men’s Men’s Men’s Men’s Women’s Men’s Women’s Men’s Women’s Men’s Women’s Men’s Women’s Men’s Women’s Men’s Women’s Men’s Women’s Men’s Women’s Gold Silver Bronze Kayak Canoe Single Canoe Double Canoe Sprint Kayak Single 200m Kayak Single 500m Kayak Single 1000m Kayak Double 500m Kayak Double 1000m Kayak Four 500m Kayak Four 1000m Canoe Single 200m Canoe Single 1000m Canoe Double 1000m Cycling BMX Mountain Bike Individual Time Trial-Road Road Race Sprint-Track Keirin-Track Gold Silver Bronze Omnium-Track Team Sprint-Track Team Pursuit-Track Gold Silver Bronze Gold Silver Bronze 9 .Worksheet olyMpic MedAl trAcker Olympic Medal Tracker Archery Individual Team Athletics 100m 200m 400m 800m 1500m 5000m 110m Hurdles 100m Hurdles 400m Hurdles 3000m Steeplechase Shot Put Discus Throw Javelin Throw Hammer Throw Long Jump Triple Jump High Jump Pole Vault 20km Walk 50km Walk Marathon 10.

swimming. fencing. Greece in 1896 and consisted of just 9 events: athletics.Worksheet olyMpic MedAl trAcker Diving 3m Springboard 10m Platform Synchronised 3m Springboard Synchronised 10m Platform Equestrian Individual Dressage Individual Jumping Individual Eventing Team Dressage Team Jumping Team Eventing Equestrian Individual Foil Individual Epee Individual Sabre Team Foil Team Sabre Team Epee Football Gymnastics Men’s Women’s Men’s Women’s Men’s Women’s Men’s Women’s Gold Silver Bronze Gold Silver Bronze Gold Men’s Women’s Men’s Women’s Men’s Women’s Men’s Women’s Men’s Women’s Men’s Women’s Silver Bronze Gold Gold Silver Silver Bronze Bronze Men’s Floor Exercise Women’s Men’s Vault Women’s Uneven Bars Women’s Beam Women’s Men’s Horizontal Bar Men’s Parrallel Bars Rings Men’s Pommel Horse Men’s Men’s Individual All-Around Women’s Men’s Team Women’s Gymnastics-Rythmic Individual All-Around Group All-Around Handball Men’s Women’s Hockey Men’s Women’s Gold Gold Gold Silver Silver Silver Bronze Bronze Bronze held in Athens. gymnastics. tennis. Judo -60kg Men’s -66kg Men’s -73kg Men’s -81kg Men’s -90kg Men’s -100kg Men’s +100kg Men’s -48kg Women’s -52kg Women’s Women’s -57kg -63kg Women’s -70kg Women’s -78kg Women’s +78kg Women’s Modern Pentathlon Men’s Women’s Rowing Men’s Single Sculls Women’s Men’s Double Sculls Women’s Men’s Quadruple Sculls Women’s Men’s Pair Women’s Men’s Four Men’s Eight Women’s Men’s Lightweight Double Sculls Women’s Lightweight Four Men’s Sailing Finn Men’s Men’s Laser Men’s Star Men’s 49er Men’s 470 Women’s Men’s RS-X Women’s Women’s Elliott 6m Laser Radial Women’s Shooting Men’s Women’s Men’s Men’s 3 Positions Women’s 25m Pistol Women’s 50m Pistol Men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol Men’s Men’s 10m Air Pistol Women’s Men’s Trap Women’s Double Trap Men’s Men’s Skeet Women’s Gold Silver Bronze Gold Gold Silver Silver Bronze Bronze Gold Silver Bronze Gold Silver Bronze 10 . shooting. weightlifting and wrestling. cycling.

Worksheet olyMpic MedAl trAcker Swimming Men’s 50m Freestyle Women’s Men’s 100m Freestyle Women’s Men’s 200m Freestyle Women’s Men’s 400m Freestyle Women’s Women’s 800m Freestyle 1500m Freestyle Men’s Men’s Women’s Men’s Women’s Men’s 100m Breaststroke Women’s Men’s 200m Breaststroke Women’s Men’s 100m Backstroke Women’s Men’s 200m Backstroke Women’s Men’s 200m Individual Medley Women’s Men’s 400m Individual Medley Women’s Men’s 10km Marathon Women’s Men’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay Women’s Men’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay Women’s Men’s 4x100m Medley Relay Women’s Synchronised Swimming Duets Teams Table Tennis Men’s Singles Women’s Men’s Doubles Women’s Taekwondo Men’s -58kg Men’s -68kg -80kg Men’s +80kg Men’s -49kg Women’s -57kg Women’s -67kg Women’s +67kg Women’s Tennis Men’s Singles Women’s Men’s Doubles Women’s Mixed Doubles Gold Silver Bronze Trampoline Triathlon Volleyball Water Polo Weightlifting 56kg 62kg 69kg 77kg 85kg 94kg 105kg +105kg 48kg 53kg 58kg 63kg 69kg 75kg +75kg Wrestling 55kg Greco-Roman 60kg Greco-Roman 66kg Greco-Roman 74kg Greco-Roman 84kg Greco-Roman 96kg Greco-Roman 120kg Greco-Roman 55kg Freestyle 60kg Freestyle 66kg Freestyle 74kg Freestyle 84kg Freestyle 96kg Freestyle 120kg Freestyle 48kg Freestyle 55kg Freestyle 63kg Freestyle 72kg Freestyle Men’s Women’s Men’s Men’s Men’s Men’s Men’s Men’s Men’s Men’s Women’s Women’s Women’s Women’s Women’s Women’s Women’s Men’s Men’s Men’s Men’s Men’s Men’s Men’s Men’s Men’s Men’s Men’s Men’s Men’s Men’s Women’s Women’s Women’s Women’s Men’s Women’s Men’s Women’s Men’s Women’s Gold Gold Gold Gold Gold Silver Silver Silver Silver Silver Bronze Bronze Bronze Bronze Bronze Gold Silver Bronze Gold Gold Silver Silver Bronze Bronze Gold Silver Bronze Which countries won the most medals? GOLD _______ Gold Silver Bronze SILVER _______ BRONZE _______ 11 .

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What You Need: • • • • • • • • • • • Mixing bowl 1/2 cup salt 1/2 cup flour 1/4 cup water Rolling pin (optional) Cookie cutters (circles. Start by making kid-friendly salt dough. provides some serious sensory stimulation. Using cookie cutters or a butter knife. These will be the face of the pins. and invites her to use her imagination. place the dough on a floured surface and roll it out until it is about 1/2-inch thick. 3. Cope You no longer have to be a spectator at the Olympic Games to come home with your own wearable souvenir. 16 . Have her pour the salt and flour into a mixing bowl.Activity olyMpic pins Olympic Pins by Lisa M. 2. squares. Start a unique tradition with your child by baking and painting one-of-a-kind Olympic pins—out of salt dough! This recipe is quick and easy. or rectangle shapes. Have her create a small well in the center of the dry ingredients. and pour the water into it. square. have her cut out some circle. or rectangles are best) Shirt pins (from craft store) Glue Paint Paintbrushes Clear varnish (optional) What You Do: 1. so make sure they are the proper size—a reasonable size to place on her shirt or hat (or in a keepsake box). Have her start mixing by using her fingers. As soon as you have a ball formed. 4.

If you’re both feeling really creative. Once they are dry and have cooled. place them on a cookie sheet and bake at 200° F. it’s time to paint! Gather some Olympic information from the Internet. and let them dry thoroughly. allow the dough to air dry. look at different events. flags of countries. and stick it onto the base. 9. Once they are dry.Activity olyMpic pins 5. Now she has a threedimensional pin! 6. or trade these Olympic mementos! 17 . Invite her to paint her designs on the pins. If she doesn’t want to wait to finish the project. or even the Olympic rings themselves as ideas for these unique pins. 8. share. until they are dry. help her make small hockey sticks or a wreath out of dough. Have her try making the Olympic rings and placing them in their pattern on a pin. 7. ask her to use the craft glue to attach the pin backing. which takes at least one night. After she has formed her desired number of pins. She is now ready to collect.

Who is the star of each country’s team? Who is your child’s favorite? Many countries only sent a handful of athletes to the Olympics. of course! Here’s how: What You Need: • • • • • Globe or World Atlas 2 sheets white poster board Scissors Colored markers Gold. 4. each about 5” x 3” big. take some time to look at the athlete’s appearance and costume). how can your child learn about other teams while still enjoying a piece of the action? By adopting 5 teams as his own. Each of these figures will represent the athlete your child has chosen for that country. On the poster board. help your child do some research into their culture and traditional dress (if you watched or recorded the Opening Ceremonies. Before you decorate your figures. Have your child choose one athlete that he feels best represents each of his countries’ Olympic teams. Have your child do a little research into the athletes. such as weirdest shape or funniest name). Have your child spin the globe or flip through the World Atlas. while learning about their culture. silver. 3. outline 5 figures. He will be following the progress of Olympic athletes from these countries. Ask him to choose 5 countries at random (you can set parameters for this. while others sent hundreds. and bronze star stickers What You Do: 1. How do Gambians and Norwegians differ in dress? How will you represent Vanuatu or Argentina? Help your child brainstorm about what each figure should be wearing.Activity MAke An Adopt-A-nAtion olyMpic chArt Make an Adopt-a-Nation Olympic Chart by Rose Garrett With hundreds of countries sending athletes to the Olympic Games. 2. 18 .

report what happens.Activity MAke An Adopt-A-nAtion olyMpic chArt 5. To do so. 6. Now. You can track the performance of each country here. use scraps of cloth or other crafts supplies to embellish the figures. use the second piece of poster board to create a chart with five rows and 5 columns. Is there a world record broken? An incredible upset? A stellar or disappointing performance? 19 . On the left hand side of the chart. In the “Notes” section. Label the other columns “Bronze.” “Silver. If desired. and who to watch out for. you will use your figure to chart each country’s performance at the games.” and “Notes. Have your child draw each figure using the colored markers.” “Gold. pin or tape your representative athletes.” 7. keep track of each country’s performance by affixing an appropriately colored star in the medal column when the team wins a medal. This will help your child remember what country he is tracking. As the Games progress.

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