How to Host Your Own Mini-Olympics at Home

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The 2022 Winter Olympics kick off on Feb. 4 and will be must-see TV for families across the world. Don’t want to stop at just watching the games? Go ahead and create your own mini-Olympics right at home. We’ve scoured the web and found 9 ideas on how to host your own bash—torches, games and podiums included. Here’s to letting this year’s golden games inspire the whole family!

Before the Party Begins

Small for Big

Decorate for the Occasion

Get worldly with this DIY flag garland from Small for Big. It's like a geography lesson and a super cool party accessory all in one. Be sure to start the garland a few days in advance so you don't need to rush. It's a project that can keep older kids interested for hours and gives you a chance to talk about the different countries that compete in the Olympics and why each country is special. Travel here for the full tutorial.

 

Set Up Gold-Medal Worthy Snacks

Don't forget to offer up Olympic-themed snacks like ring cookies, bagles and more. See our favorite ideas here

Cindy Hopper via Alpha Mom

Make Gold Medal Cookies

There are gold medals... and then there are gold medals made with cookies. We prefer the latter. The effortlessly creative Cindy Hopper at Alpha Mom shows us how to make these crafty medals for your own Olympic games. Rewarding kiddos with one of these after a long day of competition will be so much fun!

 

After Your Guests Arrive

Kate's Creative Space

Be Sure to Have an Opening Ceremony

Let the games begin! Use these DIY torches from Kate's Creative Space to kick off the opening ceremonies for your at-home games. A lap around the backyard with these "official" torches will have little athletes ready to play.

 

Hoosier Homemade

Throw the Javelin

Broom handles, check. Pool noodles, check. Colorful duct tape, check. Looks like you have everything you need to create your own backyard Olympic Javelin Throw. Get the full tutorial at Hoosier Homemade and watch the kiddos have a blast seeing how many noodles they can get through the target. Isn’t it fun when throwing is not only allowed, but encouraged?!

 

I Can Teach My Child

Have a Hurdle Competition

Watch kiddos get happy with hurdles when you set up this simple hurdle run from I Can Teach My Child. The hurdles are pool noodles and they’re kept in the ground by kitchen skewers so you can easily adjust the height depending on the age and size of the kids. On your mark, get set, go!

 

Makes and Takes

Have an Olympic Hoop Ring Toss

It’s a craft! It’s a sport! It’s a win! The Olympic Ring Hoop Loop from Make and Takes is ideal for kids of all ages and it’s super easy to make. Make all five hoops around the loop from a three to four-foot distance and you’re in the running for a gold medal!

 

Happy Hooligans

Olympic Ring Craft

Little and big kids can make an Olympic ring craft just like the one spotted over at Happy Hooligans. Save your toilet paper rolls or paper towel rolls for the perfect circle shape! Get the tutorial here

Project Nursery

Hand Out Medals on the Podium

How cute is this podium we spotted over at Project Nursery? It's pretty easy to make and will be a fun finish to the day. Be sure to have medals handy, like these you can order in no time. 

— Taylor Clifton, Aimee Della Bitta with Gabby Cullen

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