It’s that time again – the Olympics are rapidly approaching. The London Olympic Games are expected to be viewed by more than 200 million people over the 17-day telecast.
Will you be watching? If so, there are number of ways you can both educate and inspire yourself and your children by watching the Olympics.
Why watch the Olympics with your kids?
The Olympics are about people who sacrifice their whole lives to compete and represent their country on the world stage. Not only does that make for some fine international drama, watching the Olympics with your kids allows the whole family to enjoy something together.
4 Reasons To Watch The Olympics With Your Kids
1. Learn About Teamwork and Sportsmanship
Watching a team sport is the perfect way to show kids that working hard for a common goal is good for the individual and for the team. While they may compete against each other, they still cheer for each other and for their country. Every now and then there are unfortunate examples of how players treat other teammates and competitors poorly. Either way, teamwork and sportsmanship are important lessons for kids to learn, and the Olympics set a wonderful stage for having conversations about this.
2. Find Out About Geography and Culture
The Olympics present opportunities to discuss geography, weather, transportation, food and cultures that are different from your own. Keeping a globe and map handy can highlight where competing countries are located. Here is a world map of the Olympic Cities. This interactive map lets you follow all the action from London.
Next: More lessons from the Olympic sports