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:
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?