Make a Medal
Best for: Ages 3 to 6
The little winners in your life will enjoy placing first on the podium.
- Cereal box or cardboard
- Gold paint
- Paint brush
- Hole punch
- Drinking glass for circle template
- Small baseball diamond
How to Play:
- Use a glass to trace a circle on the cardboard and cut it out.
- Paint the cardboard gold and allow for it to dry.
- Punch a hole at the top of the cardboard circle.
- Lace a ribbon through and tie for a necklace.
International Neighbourhood Parade
Best for: All Ages
Young athletes will be all smiles as they walk the streets for the party’s opening ceremony.
- Music player (for the different countries’ anthems)
- British flags, as well as other countries’ flags (Canada, USA, Greece, etc.).
How to Play:
- Gather the kids on the front lawn.
- Divide them up into groups representing the countries you have flags for, giving each child one small flag.
- Begin the ceremonies by playing Greece’s anthem. Greece always opens the ceremony.
- When the song ends, have the kids who represent Greece hold up their flags and begin the parade through the neighbourhood.
- As each country steps off the lawn to march, announce the country for all to hear and play their anthem or a portion of it.
- The other countries follow, with Britain going last, as it is the games’ host country this year.
- When each country has returned to the starting grounds, have the kids who represent Britain yell, ‘Let the games begin’ to declare the opening of the games.
Good to Know: If you can’t find cheap, small country flags, an option is to just print off each flag from the computer onto printer paper and have the kids carry those.
Best for: Ages 5 to 8
Relay runners will enjoy a little healthy competition in this team sport.
- A torch
- Garden hose
- Plastic cones (or some other type of marker)
How to Play:
- Divide the kids into two teams.
- Set up two equal obstacle courses.
- Each course should have a garden hose for the kids to balance on and walk across; plastic cones to weave in and out of or run circles around; folded towels spaced out like lily pads to jump onto, and a running sprinkler for them to run through at the end.
- As each kid passes through the sprinkler with their torch, they must then run as fast as they can, while still holding the torch, back up to the start to pass the torch to their next teammate.
- The team to have all its players successfully complete the course and return to start wins.