The Winter Olympics are right around the corner!
If you are like us, you can’t wait for another Olympic Games! While many of the popular sports are featured during the summer, there are still a ton of fun things to watch and enjoy.
While the Olympics are a favorite for adults, there are a lot of things that you can do to make them interesting for your children too! Not only will they have fun watching the best athletes in the world, but they can also learn a lot too!
Talk about the host nation!
This year’s Winter Olympics are being hosted in Beijing, China – a place much different than the US! This makes it the perfect opportunity for them to learn all about a brand new place. You can talk about the food, the culture, the people, and really anything else that might give them some insight into a country on the other side of the world.
But you don’t need to stop at the host nation! You can also talk about all the other countries that are represented! Every day of the games, maybe you can pick a new country to explore and talk about. Integrating geography with something fun like the Olympics is a great way to keep them engaged and curious!
Learn about new sports!
Keeping your kids active can be a tough thing to do, especially finding outside activities during a Kenosha, Wisconsin winter! However, watching the Winter Olympics might help to inspire your child to want to try something brand new that they never knew existed before.
This might be especially great if your child hasn’t found their niche yet! Maybe they find an interest in speed skating or hockey (which would be cool considering that the Pettit Center in Milwaukee is where many of those athletes train). Or maybe they could become the next great ski jumper or curler (also a Wisconsin favorite!).
No matter what it is, you might be giving your child the opportunity to find a new passion!
Create your own Olympics!
What better way to get in the spirit of the Olympics than to create your own home Olympic Games! While you might not have the equipment to bobsled or cross country ski, you certainly can have your own Olympics right at home!
An easy way to do this is by looking up some fun, small games that the whole family can participate in. After you’re done, you can even hand out medals and awards. Talk about a good time!
..and of course… Cheer on Team USA!
We saved the best for last – Enjoy the games! Cheering on Team USA itself is the best part of all. Every Olympics there are new athletes to learn about that might have incredible stories to tell. Talk with your kids about these athletes and show them just how diverse and amazing Team USA is. Following all the storylines together of different athletes as they compete can give your children so many lessons in perseverance, teamwork, and accomplishment – all lessons we want them to learn.
What is your favorite part of the Olympics?
Go Team USA!