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Tap into your winning spirit and bring home the gold medal with these Olympian Wonders!

Every four years, the Olympic Games capture the hearts of many folks all across the world. Why are they so popular? We humans are naturally competitive and we love playing games! What better way than to cheer for our country on the international stage!

What is the story behind the Olympic flame? And what does it take to set a world record? You'll discover these things and more by taking on the Wonder Dash!

Maker Activity

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Be an Olympian!
Put on your game face and pretend you're an Olympian! Grab some friends, build a medal chart, and keep track of the medals you win at these “Olympic" games!

Hands on!

  • Blank index cards (unlined)
  • Crayons, color pencils, or markers
  • Glue stick
  • Masking tape
  • 1 coin or other circular object
  • Sheet of poster board
  • 5 disposable bowls
  • Pack of straws
  • 1 pool noodle
  • 2 marbles or other small balls
  • Scissors or knife (Let an adult handle this!)
  • Several books

First, each person picks a country to represent at your Olympic games. Draw their flags on index cards using http://flagpedia.net/index or design your own flag. Create a grid on the posterboard with four columns: one column for flags, one for gold medals, one for silver medals, and one for bronze medals. Paste each flag, one below the other, onto the poster board in the flags column. Tracing a quarter or other circular object, draw a medal at the top of each of the medal columns and fill in with either gold (or yellow), silver (or gray), or bronze (or brown). Now you are ready to play the games! When someone wins a medal for a game, keep a tally by drawing a vertical mark at the intersection of the row of the winning country and column of the correct medal. Every fifth mark is drawn across four, making it easier to keep track of the count.

Straw Javelin Throw
See who can throw their straw the farthest! Place 5 bowls in a straight line, vertically. Write 5 points, 10 points, 15 points, 20 points, and 25 points onto the bowls, with the 5-point bowl nearest the spot where you stand and the 25-point bowl farthest from you. Mark a spot on the ground with a book or masking tape — don't step past this while throwing your straw! Take turns throwing your straws towards the bowls and keep track of the points each person scores. After 2-3 turns, the person with the most points wins a gold medal, the next highest score wins silver, and the next highest score wins bronze. Mark your medal chart with a tally mark beside the winning flags.

Marble Race
Send your marbles or other small balls speeding down a track to the finish line! Have an adult cut a pool noodle lengthwise and flatten it out so that there are two parallel “tracks." Set one end of the pool noodle on an incline using several books. Place one marble onto each track and release to see which one reaches the end of the noodle first. Play several rounds, then tally up who won the most races.

Long Jump
Who can jump the farthest? Use tape to create a large rectangle on the floor. This will mark the pit to jump into. About 6-12 inches from one side, place a piece of masking tape to designate the jumping off point in front of the taped rectangle. Each person takes a turn jumping into the rectangle. Once the person is finished, stand beside the rectangle at the point where he/she landed. Whoever jumps the farthest wins a gold medal and the next two farthest win silver and bronze.

Wonderuptions:
How do you throw the straw in order to make it travel the farthest? What type of ball moves the easiest down the pool noodle track? Does getting a running start help someone jump farther? If so, how?

Why does that happen?

To perform at their very best, Olympic athletes take very good care of their bodies. In addition to getting lots of exercise, they eat a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, and lean protein to get the nutrients their bodies need and they make sure to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. To top it off, they make sure to get quality sleep every night.

Still Wondering?
What other games can you create to compete with friends for additional medals? Take pictures and share on social media using #CampWonderopolis.

Visit your local library and have fun researching past Olympic Games and different countries. Research the country you represented at your Olympic Games!

Sources:

Preschool - Age 8

Ages 14 - 17

Ages 18 and up


These reading lists were provided by Pottsboro Area Public Library in Pottsboro, TX.