I hate to say it, but the Winter Olympics are just not my thing. Don’t get me wrong, I think that the athletes that dedicate their lives to these sports are amazing. I just think that there are more exciting sports to watch than skiing, bobsledding, and figure skating. Just my opinion :). I thought it would be fun to come up with a few creative Olympic outdoor activities for kids that we would like to see in the winter games….call it the “Inspired Olympics”. We hope our list makes you and yours want to head outside for some of your own olympic fun!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED: Shovels, sleds
1. Snowball Fight — Who can make the most snowballs in two minutes? Who can hit the most targets?
2. Snowy Long Jump — Find an area of snow with no footprints. Designate a starting line and have your child place the toes of his boots right on that line. Who can jump the farthest without falling down? Ready, set, go! So much harder in boots and snow pants than in skimpy track outfits!
3. Leaping Boots — See if you can find another undisturbed area of snow. Designate another starting line and have your child leap one foot at a time through the snow. Can he keep the distance between leaps consistent? How many times can he leap without resting or losing balance?
4. Sled Race — We could keep this simple and find a fantastic hill to see who can get to the bottom first but that wouldn’t be like us at The Inspired Treehouse. We like to work in as many motor components as we can! How about pushing or pulling another child on a sled? Who can get their sled team from point A to point B the fastest? Can they zigzag through obstacles?
5. Snowball Roll — We’re not talking Frosty here. Start each child off with a snowball and see who can roll theirs into the biggest snowball of all! Who can roll the fastest? The farthest?
6. Shovel Push — I’m thinking double duty here! Arm the kiddos with shovels and make an Olympic sport of it. Who can push the shovel through the snow the fastest from point A to point B? Who can make the straightest line? Who can shovel the biggest pile of snow in 2 minutes?
I hope you are inspired to create your own Olympics in the snow this coming weekend! Make up some fantastic awards for the winners of your events — how about hot chocolate with marshmallows?! Everyone is a winner in games that get bodies up and moving! If you need some other ideas to get you going, check out our 30 OUTDOOR WINTER ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS.