Here are some ideas for hosting your own Olympic games in your backyard:
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Need: Small paper bag, newspaper, string
Stuff a small paper bag with newspaper. Tie it off with a 12" long string. Hold the end of the string. Spin around 3 times. Let go. Watch how far the hammer travels. Record distances. The longest distance wins.
Need: soda straws, waste paper basket, tape
Tape 4 straws together end to end. Mark a starting line behind which all players must stand. Place a wastepaper basket 5 feet from the starting line. Throw straws into the wastebasket. Give each player 5 turns. The winner is the child who gets the straws into the basket the most times.
GYMNASTICS or FREE STYLE DANCE
Let kids pick out their favorite music and choreograph a dance off the top of their head. Pick winners by who has the most coordination, best music, and most enthusiastic attitude. Hold up posters from 1 to 10 to show their scores.
SHOT PUT FOR DISTANCE
Make a ball out of aluminum foil. Hold the ball in the palm of one hand. Instruct children to place that hand next to their ear and then push the shot into the air extending their arms. They can not move their feet. Record distances; the longest distance wins.
Use a Frisbee to play discus or tape two heavy foam plates together. Hold the "discus" like a flying disk. Throw away from the waist. Record distances. The longest distance wins
Set goals at least 15 feet apart. Goals can be as simple as a rope anchored in the ground. Play the best two out of three games.
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