Saturday, July 21, 2012

Backyard Olympics: Closing Ceremonies

We've had a great time this week sharing some simple and fun Olympic activities for you and your kids to enjoy.  It makes us happy to see children learning, creating, and playing.  To wrap up your festivities make some medals with your athletes.  We used the top of a food container, covered it with aluminum foil, and taped on some ribbon.  Nothing fancy, but it made our Olympians feel special!

It's tradition that national flags are hoisted during the Closing Ceremonies.  This would be a great time to get out some art supplies and make flags of different countries if you didn't do so earlier in the week.  Have your athletes march in with their flags, olive branch wreaths, and medals.  Unlike the Opening Ceremonies, the Closing Ceremonies allow the athletes to intermingle.  This has been going on since the 1950s and was suggested by a child to show unity throughout the nations.  Brings a tear to my eye!

We hope that you take some time this weekend or over the coming weeks to head outside and have a friendly competition of your own.  We would love for you to send us pictures or leave comments about what you did during your Backyard Olympics! 

What a great way to teach children the joy of competition, and the importance of sportsmanship.  Straight from the Olympic oath..."in the true spirit of sportsmanship, for the glory of sport and the honor of our teams".


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