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Carol Shen

Guest blogger Carol Shen, is a stay at home mom of two, creator of the blog, Blueberry Mom and serves on the Board of Directors of The Reading Connection. She'll be sharing her kids' learning adventures on Start with a Book inspired topics like gardening, the night sky, If I were President, and other ideas she and her kids are excited to explore.

On Your Mark, Get Set, Go Olympics!

August 3, 2016

Olympics

As a parent, I’m always looking for outdoor activities in the summer to do with the kids right at home, especially the “no fuss, no muss” types of activities. It turns out having your very own Olympics at home is easy to set up, and easy to execute. With the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics upon us, it was the perfect time to host our very own “Go Olympics!” event, and it also turned out to be a great activity to include our neighborhood friends in. The friendly competition gave the kids an opportunity to be active, practice good sportsmanship, and learn about inspiring athletes such as Wilma Rudolph.

What you’ll need:

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Let’s get started:

The beauty of this activity, is that you can customize the events however you’d like. My kids, who are 6 and 4 years old, came up with the following events:

Track and field:

Gymnastics: Best score out of 10 for a routine that consisted of a cartwheel, front roll and candlestick.

Jump rope: Most number of jumps in 30 seconds.

Soccer: Fastest time to dribble a soccer ball through a zig-zag path and into a goal.

After jotting down the events, and names of kids who were going to participate, it was On Your Mark, Get Set, Go Olympics!

Observations:

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Learn more:

I look forward to being welcomed into the journeys of athletes all around the world this August. I hope you do too.

All the very best,
Carol
Blueberry Mom

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