What better way to celebrate the Olympics and athletes around the world, then to hold your own
BACKYARD OLYMPIC GAMES
Use a microphone hooked to an amp or speaker to call out events and later to announce winners of each event. You can also use a small megaphone or even just one of those plastic kid microphones that amplifies their voice.
You can purchase little gold medal ribbons at any novelty shop, Pat Catan's, Oriental Trading and even your little stores like Dollar General and Family Dollar have them a lot of times.
We also printed out an 8" x 11" paper certificates with the Olympic rings in the background and different sports clipart in the corners.
Have a few tubs filled with ice sitting around and fill with bottles of water, Gatorade, etc.
Play Star Spangled Banner at the Opening Ceremony and some other type of patriotic music can be going during your winner announcements. Build some type of platform for your winners or if you don't have anything, just use a set of outside steps from your house.
BACKYARD POTATO FIGHT
Don't wanna take time to fill up balloons or have your kids pelt each other with paintballs???? Then try a MASHED POTATO FIGHT!
Things you will need: Lots of big (cheap) boxes of instant mashed potatoes
One color of food coloring per team (decide how many teams you want)
Playing field or lawn
Rain Ponchos (optional)
Before your game.....mix up MANY batches of mashed potatoes (you don't need to add butter and milk - just water unless you plan on eating them LOL)
Once you have them in tubs (one big tub per team or a couple smaller ones per team), add the teams color choice to their potatoes and mix well.
They can don their ponchos prior to starting or if it is a warm summer day, just wear bathing suits and you can hose them down afterward.
Blow a whistle and stand back as colored mashed potatoes are thrown at the enemies. You can tell by the color of potatoes who is getting the most strikes against each team. Play until no more potatoes can be scooped out of tubs or the ground. Determine a winning team by the color most prevalent on the players.
Hose everyone down and don't worry about the colorful mess on your lawn....it is perishable and will soak into the ground eventually :o)
PAPER MACHE' MARACAS
Fun project that can be used later to create some cool backyard music. Add a little drumming and maybe a guitar and you can create your own summer vacation cconcert....right in your own backyard.
Supplies needed: 2 small balloons per set of maracas
2 toilet paper tubes per set
Dried Beans or Popcorn Kernels
Flour & Water (glue - optional)
Blow up the balloons and tie shut. Stick the tied end of the balloon into a tube and tape them together. Leave one end of the tube open to add beans later. Do not layer
paper mache' over the open end.
For Paper Mache' mix....just add flour and water together (not very thick.....little more water). You can also add a little glue to the mix is you want.
Tear strips of newspaper into about inch wide strips. You will need many, many of these.
Lay out a thick layer of newspaper over your work area or table.
Have kids dip strips of newspaper into the mixture and once wet, apply to the balloon/tube base. Keep
adding layers of newspaper until you have the entire thing covered in a couple of layers.
Allow these to dry in a warm or sunny area. May need to turn periodically. Should be dry overnight.
Once they are dry, use a long pair of scissors to go into the open end of the tube and cut
open the balloon. Use the scissors or needle-nosed pliers to pull the balloon out.
Once the balloon is out....let sit so you can make sure the inside dries completely.
After it is all dry, it is time to add your dried beans or popcorn kernels. Once they are in, use
crinkled newspaper to stuff ONLY the handle(tube) of your maraca.
When everything is inside, use masking tape or duct tape to seal the end and wrap around the maraca
handles. We used black duct tape that we had.
Now you can paint your maracas any colors or designs you choose.
Go make some music!
PLAY IN A CREEK!
I know it seems like such a simple thing, but there are lots of kids who have never gotten the opportunity!
Here we are at Christmas Run park in Wooster, Ohio!
The kids love to take their shoes off and splash through the water.
In this pic, my son and some friends are gathering rocks to try
and build a small dam across the creek.
When they are all done the rocks the gathered will be put
back for other children to use later.
Don't be afraid to let them get dirty and explore the water and maybe any
little creatures living in it....your children are WASHABLE! LOL
Just a few ideas for the day!
Get OUT and create some fun....
there is less than a MONTH
before school starts!