Champion activities to amuse your little Olympian

Monday 8 August 2016
  • Champion activities to amuse your little Olympian

We interrupt your regular transmission to deliver our favourite Olympic-inspired craft and recipe ideas!

Every four years we are amazed by super-human athletes with unbelievable sporting ability. Bring the Olympics closer to home and teach your kids what those five rings are all about with these fun activities to fill your weekend.

Let the games begin!

Put a ring on it

Olympic Ring Toss

An activity that will entertain little ones time and time again, this paper plate ring toss is easy to engineer, and fun to play!

Grab those paper plates that have been sitting in your cupboard since summer picnic season, cut the middles out, then pass over to little hands to paint in bright colours.

You’ll need:

  • Paper plates
  • 3 cardboard tubes (empty paper towel rolls work great!)
  • Brightly coloured paint (we also recommend newspaper to cover the painting surface)
  • Scissors
  • Paint brushes
  • Glue

What to do:

  1. Cut the middle out of the paper plates and discard.
  2. Paint the rings in bright colours, then put aside to dry.
  3. Cut the cardboard tubes into different heights. Take an unused paper plate and glue the end of the cardboard tubes right in the middle of the plate.
  4. Toss time!

Courtesy of From ABC’s to ACT’s

Rockin' flags

Olympic flag rocks

Did you know more than 200 countries face off at the Olympics? 

This earthy activity combines equal parts craft and education by painting pebbles in flag designs. Some of the flags can be pretty difficult to paint, so it’s best to plan ahead and decide on which flags will suit this activity.

You’ll need:

  • Rocks (either wash a handful from your back garden, or buy a bag of polished rocks from your local hardware store)
  • Pencil
  • Paint and brushes 

What to do:

  1. Choose a variety of flags to paint, and print out their designs. Our favourites are Brazil, China, Italy, France, Japan, China, Spain, Greece, Germany, Austria, Finland, Indonesia, Ireland, Peru, Sweden, Turkey, and Vietnam.
  2. Using a pencil, outline the design of the flag you'd like to paint.
  3. Hand over to your little one to fill in the patterns with colourful paint.

Tip: Grab a world map and show your kids where the flags belong!

Courtesy of Non Toy Gifts.

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Icing on the games

Olympic cookie recipe

Winning gold never tasted so sweet with these Olympic ring cookies! Easy to make, and even more delicious to eat, this recipe could work with cupcakes or muffins as well.

You’ll need:

  • Batch of baked cookies (you can buy raw cookie dough from your local supermarket for a quick and easy bake)
  • Assorted M&M’s
  • Icing

What to do:

  1. Bake cookies as per instructions. Allow to cool.
  2. Cover cookies with a thick layer of icing. Be sure to spread the icing to the edges of the cookies.
  3. Divide M&M’s into colours. Recreate the blue, black, red, yellow, and green Olympic rings by placing the colour group around the edges of the iced cookies.
  4. Refrigerate until icing has set.
  5. Enjoy!

Courtesy of Outnumbered.

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Play until you pop

Olympic balloon tennis activity

Move over Sam Stosur, there's a new tennis star in the making! This balloon-bouncing activitiy is the perfect energy-buster, as your kids chase balloons around the house, tapping them into the air before they touch the floor. The whole family will want to join in on the fun!

You’ll need:

  • Bag of balloons
  • Plastic fly swatters

What to do:

  1. Blow up the balloons.
  2. Swat away!

Courtesy of Little Bins for Little Hands.

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Ashley Hanger

Ashley is UQ Sport’s Content Marketing and Communications Coordinator. Partial to food of the deep fried variety, Ashley is a self-confessed social media addict with a knack for words. You’ll often find her with a cup of tea in hand, still in shock she made it through a HIIT class alive.