Does your family love the Olympics? Do your kids enjoy being active? Do you want to spend more time outdoors? If you answered yes to any of these questions, we’ve got just what you’re looking for. You don’t need to be a professional athlete to compete in the Olympic Games! All you need is a positive attitude and a little bit of equipment. These games are perfect for children of all ages. Get ready to go head to head for the gold! Or in this case, maybe a sweet treat.
Equipment: baseball, bat, glove, and chalk
If you can take advantage of a local baseball field, feel free to do so, but don’t worry if you can’t. Begin by drawing a baseball diamond (chalk for driveway, spray paint for grass), outlining each base (first, second, third, and home), as well as, the outfield with foul lines (left, middle, and right). Do accommodate by scaling down the size of the field to better fit your needs.
Unlike the real Olympics, you won’t be throwing around anything too heavy. Start by creating a boundary line for your children to throw from. Next, get a good grip on the frisbee and throw it as far as you can! Whoever throws it the farthest wins.
Equipment: beanbag or a sock with a tennis ball inside
This game is similar to the previous except it requires something a bit heavier. Also in this game, you’re allowed a running start, so you ought to warn your kids to get a good warm-up in.
Like in any relay, you’re required to pass an item from one runner to the next within a short distance. Let your children’s imagination run wild as they decide, ideally something resembling a baton.
An alternative would be a three-legged race. In this case, simply tie person A’s right leg to person B’s left leg. And there you have it! (It’ll be interesting to see how your children react to extra sibling bonding time.)
Equipment: balls, hula hoops, cones, kid’s hurdles (household items will do as well)
Create an obstacle course using balls, hula hoops, and cones. Start by setting boundaries within a small area, then scatter the items. Challenge your children to get from one side to the other without touching the items.
Equipment: bike(s), timer
Time each player as they bike a set distance. Whoever finishes within the least amount of time wins.
Equipment: basketball, basketball court/hoop
If you can utilize a local basketball court, feel free to do so, but if not, replicate a court using chalk (in addition to an existing hoop.) Depending on how many children there are, create teams (i.e. 1 vs 1, 4 vs 4, etc.).
Equipment: ball, goal post
Handball is very similar to soccer, except you play with your hands as the name suggests. Try to utilize an area that contains a goal. Create equal teams as large as possible. In case you aren’t familiar with the game, here are the rules.
Equipment: tennis ball, tennis racquet, tennis court
This may be the only game that requires an actual court. Depending on how many children there are, create teams (i.e. 2 vs 2).
Equipment: household objects (i.e. milk cartons, water jugs, filled laundry basket, etc.)
This is by far the most creative of games as it includes weightlifting using household objects. For example, completing a set of squats carrying two milk jugs. Keep in mind this might be better suited for older children who are less likely to make a mess!