I wanted to do some fun things with the kids to get them excited for the Olympics this year, but I needed it not to be too crazy. With the Kid's birthday and Valentine's day and several days off of school all in the mix for the next few weeks, I knew that I needed to stick to simple things. Fun and festive, of course, but also easy to work into our normal days and meals and general lives.
With that in mind, the biggest way we're celebrating the Olympics is by loosening our "no TV on school nights rule", and sitting down as a family to watch a little each night after dinner. (We don't have cable or broadcast TV, so we sprung for YouTube for the month. So far, so good.)
I also made a poster to keep track of medals--see above, we're just tracking Team USA--which has been fun for the Kid, thus far, and only takes a few seconds a day. (We started by marking the medals in pencil, but have since changed over to some bling-y red, white, and blue rhinestone stickers--yaas!)
Sprinkled in amongst that more everyday fun, I have a few more special things strategically planned, as well. It kind of looks like a lot when it's listed out, but most of it is a) a meal I would be cooking anyway, or b) able to be thrown together in two minutes with no special supplies. Here's what I've got:
- Waffle cone + popcorn + M&M "torch" snacks, which were a hit for the opening ceremony. (This is a cool torch snack, too, if you want to go healthier.)
- Finding South Korea and Pyeongchang on a map.
- Slow cooker Korean Beef rice bowls for dinner. (Had this tonight and it was yummy!)
- Tamagoyaki (Korean style egg rolls) for breakfast. (This is actually really close to how my kids eat eggs in the morning anyway, so including it was a no-brainer.)
- Indoor speed skating! (This site has a ton of easy-to-put-together indoor "Olympic events", so be sure and check it out!)
- Olympic ring donuts. (Monday morning is our traditional donut day anyway, so I'm just going to pick donuts to go with the ring color theme.)
- Make flags. (When the Kid was in preschool, one of his favorite activities was making flags of all the countries in the world. We definitely will not do the whole world, but I'm thinking maybe four or five.)
- Olympic ring pizza for dinner. (Red tomatoes, yellow peppers, black olives, green spinach...and I'm still trying to figure out the blue. Red onion? Blue cheese? Figs? Purple cabbage? I'll have to see where my grocery store takes me!)
- Indoor curling. (From the same site as the speed skating, above.)
- An Olympic Lego challenge. (We'll probably only do one or two of these. but they look like fun.)
So far, the Kid has been a little hot and cold. Sometimes he's really interested, sometimes not--which is totally OK. Little Miss, however, has been into it. When we watched figure skating, she wanted to be a figure skater for Halloween. When we switched to ski jumping and snowboarding, she wanted to "learn to fly" too. It's been awesome.
What about you? Are you doing anything special for the Olympics? What's your favorite sport to watch? Wherever you hail from, I hope you're having fun watching and cheering your team on.