Due to an almost 5 hour power cut on Monday night, and general family life, I havn’t been able to blog for a couple of days – so here goes…!
The kids, but particularly Leon, have been extremely interested in the Winter Olympics this year, and we have spent a few family evenings watching it on television. Leon decided he would like to organize his own Winter Olympics in our garden, but at such short notice, and at -25 degrees Celsius outside, and around a metre of snow in the garden, we decided to try for an inside family Winter Olympics instead!
Leon and Maya themselves decided to make their own Olympics posters (I had printed one from the internet with information about what the rings mean)..
Having watched the opening ceremonies they thought it important we constructed a torch (using a kitchen roll tube, contruction paper and tissue paper for the flames)…
(This is how to cut the circle of paper to go around the torch handle)
And then we had to make some medals (they decided we would all represent a different country and we made colours to represent the appropriate flags)…
Leon – Great Britain
Maya – USA
Alfie & Pappa – Sweden
Me – Canada (!)
Then it was time for the Olympic feast, complete with those flag cocktail sticks we just happened to have…
Let the Olympics begin!
After a ‘showing’ of countries using our mini-flags, and the running around passing the torch from one to another in various parts of the house, the games began…
1. Bouncing of two balloons in the air at the same time without dropping them on the ground (using a timer).
2. Ice skating! Clear the living room, put on your wooliest most slippery socks and skate.. First do three perfect figure of eights, and secondly two 360 degrees jumps.
3. Bob sleigh! Using a pillow case each , compete against each other to slide from one side of the living room to the other (in pairs).
4. Skittles – using 5 balls/beanbags knock down as many of the 5 skittles as possible.
I did try to get photos but really it was fairly impossible to get any focus, so you’ll just have to trust me that our family (yes, adults as well as children), are odd enough to take part in all of these games – and yet it was so much fun!
And the winner was…
So after adding up the points, it worked out that Leon was the winner, and the kids were awarded with their paper medals, along with chocolate medals (which Richard managed to buy on the way home from work).
Leon was overjoyed, as was Alfie (who really didn’t have much of a clue what was going on!), but as you can probably see by the above photo, although Maya had a fantastic time overall, she still has problems with not winning….