Since the Opening Ceremonies, my little family and I have been all about the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.  So, wanting to play off our newest fascination, I decided to create my own version of the Winter Olympics.  Using everyday household items,  I put together a few different games that everyone in my family would enjoy playing and then set them up outside since the weather has been unusually warm for this time of year.  Then, when we had reached the ending point of our mini Winter Olympics, each participating member got a gold medal that I assembled with ribbon, duct tap, and scrapbook paper.

If you too, have a family that loves celebrating the Olympics, then this is the activity for you!  Below are the games I pulled together for my little brood, but you could always add to it depending on what the current interests are in your own family.

1. Pom-Pom Curling

Supplies: Paper Straws, Pom-Pom Balls, Target-I made mine out of some Washi tape that I had on hand.

How-To: Divide up into two teams and take turns blowing your pom-pom as close to the center of the target.  The person who gets their's the closest, wins.

2. Beam Walking

Supplies: Wooden Beam

How-To: Take turns walking across the beam.  The first person who gets to the end with the least amounts of falls wins.

3. Thin Ice

Supplies: Dice, Pencils, Mug, Rubber Band, Quarter and Facial Tissue.

How-To: Use your rubber band to secure your facial tissue around the top of your mug and then place your quarter in the center of your tissue.  Taking turns, each player will roll the dice and poke the designated number of holes into the facial tissue.  The player to break the "ice" and send the quarter into the mug is out.  The last player remaining, wins.

4. Long Jumping

Supplies: Chalk

How-To:  Draw a starting line with your chalk.  Next, have each player take a turn standing at that line and then have them jump as far past it as the can.  Mark where each person landed.  The person who jumped the furthest, wins.

May the odds be ever in your favor!

Loves and Hugs,