Olympic Dreaming: 4 Reasons To Watch With Your Kids

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

3. Learn New Sports

There are so many varieties of sports to choose from. Kids may get inspired to try one when exposed to the various kinds during the Olympics. Years ago, my family visited Lake Placid, home of the 1980 Winter Olympics. My daughter, who was a little figure skater at the time the picture above was taken, wanted to try as many Olympic sports as possible. Here she is cruising the luge run.

Here’s a list of some of the 2012 Summer Olympic sports:

Beach Volleyball
Synchronized Swimming
Table Tennis
Water Polo

4. Learn About Attitudes and Goal Setting

A can-do attitude is infectious and it’s great for building self-esteem. Listening to the stories of the athletes with their tales about the personal hurdles and shortcomings they went through to get to their given Olympic sport, allows kids to see that we all may not be born jumping out of a ski gate, but with perseverance and a can-do attitude, some reach their goal. Check out the stories of the US Olympic team.

5. Learn History

Sharing the history of the Olympics with kids is both educational and inspiring.

Make Olympic Crafts

Kids will enjoy all of the excitement of the games with this round-up of Olympic crafts.

One more reason to watch the Olympics with your kids:

One day your kid will grow up and have dreams of her own. Here’s me taking my Olympic ski run down Whistler Ski Resort a few years ago:

Who knows, maybe your child will reach her/his Olympic dreams. Will you be watching the Olympics?

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LMj Sunshine

Thank you for article.

LMj Sunshine

Thank you for article.

LMj Sunshine

Thank you for article.

LMj Sunshine

Thank you for article.

Fi T.
Fi T.2 years ago

A piece of evidence of civilisation

K s Goh
KS Goh4 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Andrea M.
Andrea M.5 years ago

This is a wonderful article, and I'm sorry I didn't find it sooner. I absolutely loved watching the Olympics this year. I learned quite a few things myself; about countries I never knew existed, new sports, and best of all, it made me want to visit Whistler again. I was there last summer and had a wonderful time. What a great way to share a unique experience with your kids; by watching the Olympics. Perhaps they will be inspired to become a future Olympic hopeful!

Kristen R.
Kristen R.5 years ago

All good points, especially the one about learning about geography and other cultures.

Pete C.
Pete C.5 years ago


Fabrizio Ferracin

i agree