Across the ocean in South Korea, the Olympics are going on right now. Thousands of athletes from countries all over the world are competing in 102 different events in 15 different sports. Olympic fever is sweeping the nation, just like an Olympic curler sweeps the ice in front of a rock.
Do you dream of going to the Olympics some day? You can get a head start on your Olympic training right now in your own living room and in just a few short years (with a lot of hard work) you can be on your way to winning Olympic gold.
If getting to the Winter Olympics is your dream, Rebecca Michelsen from Penfield Children's Center may be able to help you on your way. She has five different indoor games you can play to get you into the Olympic spirit and get you on your way to a gold medal.
Wax Paper Skating
Who says you need ice for skating? Some wax paper and a slippery pair of socks will do just fine in your own living room. You can do wax paper skating in two different ways. Either wrap your feet in wax paper and skate around on your carpet or tape down a large wax paper “rink” and use your socks as skates.
Try a spin or a triple axel!
Why not add some hockey to your wax paper skating? Take a laundry basket and turn it on its side for a net. Then, take a pair of balled up socks for a puck and use a broom or something similar as a stick and you can practice your shot and score some goals.
Get a large box, some paint and/or markers and whatever else you can use to decorate your very own bobsled. Paint a flag on the side and whatever else you want to represent. Come up with a catchy name for your bobsled team and if you’re feeling really ambitious, you can create your own helmet.
Tape a long piece of wax paper onto a table and draw a target at the end of it that looks like a curling “house.” Then, take quarters and slide them onto the target, seeing who can get closest to the “button.” (That’s the spot in the middle of the house.)
Wrapping Paper Tube Luge
Get a long wrapping paper tube and cut it in half lengthwise. Then, take a toy car and let it roll down the “luge track.” Two people can race their cars at the same time or you can connect the two halves for one long luge track and go one at a time.
Can you think of any other fun Olympic activities to do in your home? When you’re all done with your own indoor Olympics, grab your Click-A-Bricks and make some medals for your Olympics. Or maybe have Click-A-Brick building as an event.
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