If you’re looking for game schedules, freebies, athletes that tweet, and other details about this year’s Winter Games, check out my other blog post, 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. As I was writing that post I ran into incredible education resources and fun stuff for kids…I wanted to keep it separate and figure out which was worth investigating.
This post is dedicated to the educational opportunities for teachers and kids being offered online! I have found links to online games, printable worksheets and coloring pages, and also information that I definitely didn’t expect to find preschool aged children through the 12th grade! Emotionally connect your family and students to the 21st Winter Olympics with these resources!
Meeting the 2010 Olympic Mascots
***Find out when you can meet them LIVE!
Online 2010 Olympic Games & Activities for Kids
|Miga Moves||Mascot Rockband, match the letters V/B/N/M in time to falling starfish!Difficulty: MediumThis one takes some keyboard coordination…older kids (and adults) will really enjoy!|
|Soaring Sumi||Keep Sumi flying across Canada by hitting the spacebar to move up! Fly up or down to avoid obstacles and hit health points!Difficulty: EasyEasier than most games, simple hit spacebar without worrying about other keys/mouse.|
|Shootout Shutout||Face off against Miga and Sumi in some fast-paced one-on-one hockey!Difficulty: HardThis game takes the MOST coordination, not only do you have to use LEFT and RIGHT arrow keys to move back and forth as the goalie, you also have to use the 1-3 number keys that correspond with colored pucks. Definitely for older kids.|
|Operation Recycle||Help Miga, Quatchi, and Sumi with their neighborhood recycling program!Difficulty: Easy/MediumAlthough it does not require a lot of coordination it does require some thought. Complete rounds by successfully finishing 5 levels. Includes a little physics, test your trajectory skills by holding the mouse button down and dragging to aim towards target!
*My 6 year old daugher enjoyed this game the most!
|Which Mascot Are You Like||Take this quiz to see which mascot you’re most like…your child’s first personality test…next stop Meyer-Briggs! 🙂|
Other Fun Activities:
|Send E-cards||Select 1 of 4 mascot scenes, decorate VERY easily, add verbage, and send to family and friends!|
|Crafts and Color Printables||Download and print craft activities (make 3-d mascots!!) and get printable coloring sheets|
|Download Desktops & Wallpapers||Download (for Windows only…) an interactive desktop to decorate with stickers, information about the ceremony, add an Olympics countdown, and much more…Download static Wallpapers for those that desires less interactivity. 🙂|
Sumi is officially the mascot of the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Game…check out this printable passport activity book to track his and your journeys! After printing out those, print out this printable coloring sheet to color your own Sumi!
Check out these fun facts about the Paralympic Winter Games (pdf). Although Paralympic School Week in School has already passed officially (November 2-6, 2009) you can still support the Paralympic Games any time. Resources for educators found on the official games website here. Here’s the link to the “Guide for Educators” to celebrating in your skills with informative details, activities, and other helpful stuff.
The Canadian Olympic School program seeks to inspire young students through Olympian stories, activities, projects, activities and more and offers:
- Teacher Resources for educators with printable PDFs, videos, pictures, and more!
- Student Lounge geared towards school aged kids
- Playground for Younger Kids means you don’t have to be in school to catch the spirit with additional games, puzzles, and contests.
- Library section to answer all your kids’ questions
School-Aged Kids: Additionally there are these printable Olympic Games Project Packs pdf. Includes additional resources for teachers or your kids:
- Destination Vancouver – Planning a vacation to Vancouver
- Tough Call – Respond to tough situations as the Olympic Team’s communication staff
- Speedy Recovery – Create an athlete’s injury treatment plan
- Save, share, and Spend – financial planning during tough economic times
- Own the Podium – Analyze data with probability and trig skills to find out what it takes to “Own the Podium”
- Financing the Olympic Dream – what it costs, how to budget, invest, and borrow to reach Olympic goals
- Design brochure – hired to develop the ultimate youth travel package, come up with the advertisement!
Passing the Torch Activities:
|Math & Science||Grades 4-7Discover the math and science behind the Olympic Torch and the Olympic Torch Relay Route.|
|Social Studies||Grades K-3, 4-7, and 8-10Learn more about your community and Canadian heritage through Olympic Torch Relay themed lesson plans.|
|Language Arts||Grades 1-7 and 8-10Explore how the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay will bring Canadians together in the spirit of peace, unity and friendship.|
|Physical Activity||Grades 1-7 and 8-10Get your students active in the spirit of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay.|
This is a wonderful opportunity to teach kids about practicing peaceful behaviors and making peace in their home and communities. Starting on February 4, 2010, check out “Sharing the Dream” webcasts inspired by the Olympic Truce and led by children.