In honor of the Summer Olympics, you might want to gather friends and family to participate in your own backyard competition. You can be as creative as you please. No need to travel far to find a venue; your yard will serve nicely! To begin, divide friends and family into teams and create your own team names and t-shirts.
If all teams help with the planning, it will be a fun event for everyone involved. A blend of traditional games such as gymnastics and swimming can be added if the location permits. Do you have some ideas for other games you would like to see played? At your own Olympics, you make the rules, so water-balloon relays, crab-walk races and hula hoop contests are just a few of the events you can add.
Awards and closing ceremonies can be as fancy as you like. You can plan music, ask a friend to present the awards and even invite friends and neighbors to serve as spectators and judges. For these and other terrific ideas, visit Host Your Own Olympic Games for Kids, realsimple.com/work-life/family/olympic-games-kids/pick-sides.
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