Ready to see some “hot” potatoes? Yesterday I shared with you how to prepare for your own Potato Olympics Winter Games, so today I’m going to detail the events in which your participants and potato athletes can participate. The event is about to begin!
What would the Olympic Games be without opening ceremonies? After participants introduce the names of their spuds and the country they represent, share the history of the Olympic flame with participants. Encourage everyone to spread out along the path around the park to form a circle. Pass the torch to the first runner, who will pass to the second, and so on, creating a relay around the park. The flame will end up back at the beginning to be placed in the Olympic Village.
The Olympic Village
The Olympic Village is simply an area to host your flags and back-up athletes. I used a hula hoop on the grass and kids placed their flags and athletes inside. In the center was our Olympic flame, glowing in its glory.
I put together 8 different activities for our potato athletes to compete. Each “station” was designated with it’s own sign. Click the image to download the signs. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get them to post in a publisher file, but you can easily make them using MS Clip Art if you need to modify stations and the font is simply Comic Sans. You can tape the signs to each “station” area, or slip them into a plastic page protector, taped to a paint-stick so they stand upright in the grass or dirt.
What exactly will your participants and their potato athletes be doing during the event? Following is a run-down of the activities I decided on for our event. We traveled as a group from station to station so we could cheer each other on and support our diverse countries. As you plan your Potato Olympics, you may decide to choose different events or organize them differently. It’s all part of the Olympic fun!
- Curling (broom, cones) – Set up an area where kids can push their potato athlete across a distance to a goal set by cones. Beware, it’s harder than it looks!
- Ice Hockey (hockey sticks, cones) – Similar to curling, participants push their potato athletes a distance to a goal designated by cones.
- Figure Skating (flat surface) – Time to spin some potato athletes. Encourage kids to spin their potato, sit back and count the rotations!
- Speed Skating (cones) – Just like speed skaters who want lots of speed, so do we! Kids place the potato athlete behind their backs and run to the cone and back, all the while holding the potato with both hands behind them.
- Bobsled (plastic Tupperware, super-tall slide) – Place 2-3 potato athletes in a Tupperware and time them coming down the slide. Do they make it down in one piece?
- Downhill Skiing (double slide) – Two potato athletes can compete on a double slide! Kids hold the potato athletes at the top of the slide and let go at the same time. Which potato makes It down the slide first?
- Skeleton/sledding (slide with bumps, small flat cups, such as paint water cups) – Time potato athletes coming down the slide or see if the athlete can stay in it’s sled the whole way down!
- Bowling (empty water bottles) – Kids toss their potato at the water bottles to see how many are knocked down. If it’s a lumpy potato, it might be hard!
At the conclusion of the games, don’t forget to recognize all of your participating countries with a medal. I chose to make my own chocolate gold medals to reward my participants in order to keep the costs down, but there are several plastic versions you could buy online. To see how I made my medals, visit my post.
So there you have it! Some Olympic fun for kids that will have them creating, laughing, participating, and learning just a little more about the Olympic Games. I wish you luck in your own planning and look forward to hearing about your event! If you missed yesterday’s post on how to prepare for the Potato Olympics, be sure to check it out to determine what needs to be done before the event begins!
I’d LOVE to hear how your own Potato Olympics turn out!