| A great way to
celebrate summer is with your own Outdoor Olympics complete
with a parade, medals, and no-lose games. Invite friends and
neighbors to join in the fun. Coordination games can help young
children develop important large and small motor skills.
Make Olympic torches by covering short cardboard tubes
with aluminum foil and adding flame shapes cut from orange
construction paper. Let your children carry their torches
while they march around your room and then outdoors.
Cover cardboard circles with aluminum foil. Punch
a hole in each circle and thread it onto ribbon. Give
each child a medal at the end of your games.
Have your children stand in a line. Put a laundry
basket or box by the child at the end of the line. Give
a beanbag to the child at the beginning of the line. Have
the children pass the beanbag down the line and into the
basket. See how many beanbags they can put in the basket
in a certain amount of time.
Hoop to Hoop
Place several plastic hoops on the ground in a zigzag
pattern. Have your children jump from hoop to hoop. If
you don't have hoops you can create circles on the ground
with long pieces of yarn. CAUTION: Use long yarn pieces
only under adult supervision. Long pieces of yarn can
Hang several bells from a tree branch or a clothesline
so that they are just out of your children's reach. Let
your children take turns jumping up to make the bells
Set up an obstacle course in your playground. Have the course
lead your children under, over, around, and through a variety