While it may have been a year-long wait, the Tokyo Olympics are almost here! The world will be going athletics crazy pretty soon, and we know that you'll be looking for ways to tap into the mood.
Keep your kids active this summer by staging your own at-home Olympics! Here we have the games, props, and all-important snacks to bring the Tokyo 2020 vibe to you.
Toddler olympic rings
First thing first, let's start with the little ones. This sensory activity is perfect for toddlers to get into the Olympic spirit. It'll also improve their color recognition and motor skills.
If you're looking for another DIY game to follow up with your toddler (we know how short their attention spans are!), then you could move on to this Olympic color puzzle.
Opening ceremony bingo
If you're settling down to watch the opening ceremony, then you'll have even more fun with these bingo cards from Tenth Line Games. Check off the event mascots, sponsors, and even the Prime Minister!
Olympic torch craft
For your own Olympic torch, you can head to Rainy Day Mum. She has a simple paper craft for you to make with your kids. Run around the yard and pretend you're in the USA team in Tokyo.
Olympic clothespin relay
Your first event? This clothespin relay will be a great start! Head to I Can Teach My Child for a relay game that only takes a handful of craft materials.
Salt dough medals
You'll need medals ready to hand over to your mini-Olympians after their relay. The Imagination Tree has the guide to making your own salt dough medals to hand out to the athletes!
Alternatively, you can skip the DIY medal making, and buy your own from Amazon. Have a bunch ready for your athletic events to make everyone feel accomplished!
Olympic small world
You see, even if the rain stops play you can have some Olympic fun with The Imagination Tree's small world ideas. Crack out the Playmobil and sprint, throw and shoot your way to a tiny medal!
Teddy bear Olympic games
If cuddly toys are more your style than tiny plastic people, then you can make your own teddy bear Olympics with Sun Hats & Wellies. You'll find 6 activities and a lot of fun!
World flag garland
You'll need decorations for your at-home Olympics and Art Bar has you covered with this world flag garland. You've got a craft activity and a talking point to learn about countries of the world.
Olympic medal chart
For those of you with kids who like to keep score, this Olympic medal chart from Activity Village is easy to make and will keep them busy all through the tournament.
WIth some pool noodles, duct tape and broom handles you can make a javelin throw challenge to get your kids ready for the field. Head to Hoosier Homemade for the how-to.
Human ring toss
Sticking with the pool noodles for a while, this human ring toss game is a lot of fun for your Olympic games or your next family reunion. Physical Kitchness will give you the instructions for your new favorite game!
With just a couple of shipping tubes, duct tape and some old pillows you can make your very own gladiator jousting poles. Head to The Creative Bite and cue the Instagram-worthy fun!
Balloon ping pong
While you might not be able to re-enact the Olympic ping pong tournament, The Project Corner's balloon ping pong is the perfect alternative. All you need are balloons, paper plates and some sticks.
For those of you with slightly more space and a little more commitment, you could make your own volleyball court and have Olympic-style fun all year round! Own The Yard will show you how.
Olympic ring snacks
By this point, your little ones will definitely need feeding, and Kristina Does the Internets can keep you in the Olympic theme with these Olympic ring snacks made with rice crispies and fruit.
The gymnastic events at the Olympics are my favorite part. Showcasing incredible skill, each gymnast has to start somewhere. This DIY balance beam from I Can Teach My Child might give your kids the bug.
Kids love running and jumping and Castle View Academy had a fun afternoon loving their own long jump event. Discover your jumping champion and get them their own medals.
Backyard STEM shooting
Your future pentathlete needs to practice their shooting, and what better way than with a nerf gun and this target shooting game from Umbrella Tree Cafe. They can learn all about velocity at the same time.
Javelin throw STEM activity
We know we've mentioned javelin before, but this is a great extra activity for your science-loving Olympians. Design your own javelin and measure distance with You've Got This Math.
Shotput is a pretty impressive sport to watch, and with JDaniel4's Mom you can help your kids design their own catapult device to have fun with!
Olympic torch cake pops
Snack time again! These Olympic torch cake pops will replenish all the energy you used up throwing javelins, leaping long distances, and concentrating on your shot. Miss Candiquik has all the instructions.
Pool noodle hurdles
Whenever I watch the hurdles I'm always amazed that the athletes can clear the bar over and over again without slowing down! You can challenge your own speedy runners with Castle View Academy's pool noodle hurdle games.
These printable scavenger hunts from Organized 31 will help you keep your little ones occupied while you watch the action. Check off the soccer, wrestling, and fencing together.
Are you looking to include some brainpower in your Olympic Games? Then these trivia sheets from Vanilla Mint Prints will help you stretch your brains along with your hamstrings.
One of the easiest sports to recreate, badminton is a fun Olympic event to stage in your own backyard. Get yourself a net and see who comes out with the gold medal.
Archery might be out of bounds for your backyard Olympic Games, so lawn darts make a safer option. Try these from Amazon.
Depending on the age of your kids, a sack race might be more fun than a straight-out sprint. You can pick up a set of sacks from Amazon pretty reasonably. Then get jumping!
Finish off your Olympic event with some more medals and some more inventive Olympic-themed snacks. Living Well and Spending Less has some great ideas to end your celebration.