We had 21 kids – most of them between ages 5 and 11.
We had to start our games with an Olympic torch relay, of course! :-)
Shot put found 8 kids at a time rolling bocce balls, striving for closest to the golf ball target.
Our littlest ones got to try from up close:
Hurdles was all about the numbers – the colored bars of this lawn game are 1, 2, 3 top down:
Discus was a frisbee toss into concentric circles on the grass. For some of the games, we adjusted for the age differences by having the younger children stand a little closer than the older kids. Similarly we used a ring target for a child's lawn 'dart' game, counting points for the win.
We also had a badminton individual competition – how many vertical hits each child can get in a row.
Into the pool we went to cool off on this blistering hot August afternoon. We started with individuals competing against the clock two at a time, down and back the length of the pool. This should have been an age-adjusted race, 5-7 competing and the 8-10s competing. We also did kick board races and relays with teams of 4 kids of assorted age and ability.
I went with simple felt circles and assorted red, white and blue ribbons:
I learned so much from this party, we'll have to do it again next summer and it'll be really smooth! Ha! The game ideas are really limitless, so have fun being creative with your events! We don't really get snow here, so I'm not sure we can do a Winter games, but that would be equally fun! See my first post for more about our Junior Olympics Party!