Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Websites, Printables & Activities {Mom’s Idea Book}

Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Websites, Printables & Activities

We’re pretty excited about the 2014 Winter Olympics in our house — although my oldest is heartbroken that Lindsey Vonn isn’t competing this year — and I decided to give the girls a break from our regular school assignments and lift the TV limits for the duration of the Games.

In 2014, I’m determined to do a better job at celebrating the minor holidays with our kids {after realizing that I pour everything into Christmas and pretty much neglect the rest of the year!}, and that includes the Olympics this year.

With that in mind, I’ve been gathering websites, printables, learning activities, crafts and themed snacks to use over the next two weeks. As I was printing and preparing this weekend, I decided to go ahead and compile my ideas in a post for anyone who is looking for simple but fun Olympic activities for their kids as well!

Websites

Time for Kids Olympic Mini Site

Find the event schedule, latest standings, news and more at the official Sochi 2014 website.

Learn more about the American athletes at TeamUSA.org. (I’m sure there are similar team sites for every nation; this is just the one we’ll be using!)

Olympic.org is the official website of the International Olympic Committee and offers lots of great information about the athletes, sports and history of the Olympics.

Geared specifically for kids, the Time for Kids Olympics mini site offers kid-friendly articles, Q&As and more.

Snacks

We’re not big on cutesy snacks, but I love these Olympic Ring Sugar Cookies.

And I think we’ll start off one morning with some Olympic Ring Doughnuts.

Popcorn is one of our favorite snacks, and these Popcorn Torches may show up for more than one afternoon snack over the next couple of weeks!

Gold Medal Oreos are almost as good as the real things, and these will be the perfect way to close out the Games {although I’m trying to think of a non-sugar/food-dye option for the string!}.

Learning Activities

We’ll be keeping track of the U.S. medals with this Olympic Medal Count Chart.

Using a World Map, the big girls are going to look up and color the participating countries.

We’re also going to use the coloring pages, glyphs and surveys from this Unit Study.

Coloring Pages

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One of the most recognizable symbols of Russian nesting dolls, and these Printable Matryoshka Russian Dolls are a fun way to introduce children to them. I can’t wait to see what designs our girls come up with!

Mazes and puzzles are always fun and this Ski Maze is a great addition to our activity folders.

Activity Village has  ton of Olympic Coloring Pages to choose from as well!

Crafts

I printed flags from some of the participating countries to make a flag garland for the window {pictured above}.

Winning Olympians might not receive a laurel crown anymore but these Paper Plate Laurel Crowns are a fun nod to the history of the Games!

Since we’ll be buying paper plates for the crowns anyway, I think we’ll paint a set of Paper Plate Olympic Rings to hang on the back door too.

I’m not sure our older girls will want to do this one, but I think our younger girls will love these Torn Paper Olympic Torches.

A Simple Start in Chalk Pastels: Winter Olympics, on the other hand, will be perfect for the older girls to try their hand at chalk pastels and create some of the images of the Games!

How is your family “celebrating” the Olympics?

Mandi Ehman is the blogger behind Life Your Way. She and her husband have four beautiful girls plus one baby boy, and together they live, work and homeschool on a little slice of heaven in wild, wonderful West Virginia. Mandi loves coffee, chocolate, easy meals, beautiful things and minimalist spaces.