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Olympic Games #16 – Olympic Music Activities for Kids

Yes, the Olympics are about sports but music is part of the Games too. Can you include some Olympic music activities for your child?

Olympic music activities for kids

Did you notice several of the athletes putting their hands high above their heads and encouraging the crowd to clap in time? Their sport didn’t include music. Instead, the crowd supplied the rhythm. A simple and easy game to play with kids is to clap a few times in different patterns and let your child echo what you did. For example, you might clap one slow clap and two very fast ones. That’s pretty easy for kids to repeat. A rhythm slow/ fast-fast/fast-fast/slow is more complicated. When kids know how the game works, they can clap a pattern for you to imitate.

Olympic music activities for kids

Not all sports have music at the same time but music is definitely part of the Olympic Games experience. Put on some music and kids can roll, tumble, jump, and twist like the athletes in the floor routine. Try some slow music and some that’s fast. The spongy mats that zip together make a good mat, if you have some.

play with color mats

Every medal ceremony includes one or more countries’ national  anthem. You might want to sing the one for where you live together. Sometimes, kids don’t quite have all the right words in their version.

Olympic music activities for kids

Another song to sing is Row, Row, Row Your Boat. There are rowing events at the Olympics. At home, kids sit on the floor and do the actions. Athletes train their bodies. A body song for singing and actions is Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes. A song about clapping is, If You’re Happy and You Know It Clap Your Hands. Add some extra verses, like:

If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands.
If you’re strong and you know it, flex your muscles.
If you’re fast and you know it, run right here. (run on the spot)
If you’re bouncy and you know it, jump really high.
If you’re flexible and you know it, twist and bend.

Olympic music activities for kids

Music uses many different parts of the brain. That’s why it’s such a powerful activity. Are there some Olympic music activities and play at your house or play center? Would you say this post has a ring to it?

Olympic Art Activities for Kids: Olympic Games #12 – Art Wins Medal Too

Olympic art activities for kids aren’t just crafts. Nor are the Olympics just about sports. Did you know at one time, there were Olympic medals for art?

Olympic art for kids

From 1912 to 1948, art competitions were part of the Olympics. Medals were awarded in five categories for art inspired by sport. Sports and art do not contradict each other. In a way, the Olympic Games showcase them together. Think of the colors and designs that create a background for the sporting events.

Olympic art

Flags, fireworks and displays welcome crowds of people. Logos, team uniforms and costumes are crafted by professional artists. The gymnastics and synchronized swimming would be less visually rich and sensory if all the athletes wore just black.

Olympic art

For a change of pace and events, how about some Olympic art activities for kids? Get out some art materials and supplies as an invitation to play.

  • Olympic art for kidsSidewalks are like arenas for chalk art. Kids can draw in a much larger scale than with paper. When playing with chalk in driveways, be very careful of cars.
  • painting activities with kidsOutside or indoors, kids can paint. Did you see how artistically the walls are painted in Olympic facilities? A backyard fence makes a good wall and the paint can be plain water. Fill a bucket, give kids a wide brush and let them wash paint the fence.
  • shape art activities for kidsBesides paper, kids may enjoy painting on a large box. Several paper towel and tissue rolls dipped into different colors make an entire page of Olympic rings.

Crayons and makers are useful for more than walls. Got any old paperplates? They are an unusual alternative to sheets of paper.

teaching art to kids textureArt happens in 2-d and 3-d. The recycling basket often holds some great items for re-created art. So do kitchen cupboards. The wheels and the bottle cap on this picture are round like Olympic medals and make great art.

Sport and art share many aspects. Both include rhythm and form. One Olympic athlete won a medal in each. What kind of Olympic art might your child create?

Space Activities #14: Chalk Moon Footprints

Is it really the 47th anniversary of the moon landing? We couldn’t walk on the moon so instead we made chalk moon footprints on the patio. What a fun play-of-the-day and space activity idea.

chalk moon footprint activiity
Edwin Aldrin, NASA via Wikimedia Commons

When he walked on the moon, Neil Armstrong said, “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Because there is no atmosphere and erosion from wind and water, the footprints are still there. Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin took a photo of one of his.

chalk moon footprints

Maybe from hearing about it on the news or listening as we talked around the table, when we went outside to the patio, Little Sister took off her sandal and traced around it with sidewalk chalk. She asked for help with the tracing but colored inside the outline by herself. Unlike the moon, where the water is frozen, she dipped a paint brush from the outside toybox and painted over it with water. Then she scrubbed at it with an old dish brush which is another sort of toy. Soon, her footprint had disappeared. Big Sister made one too.

chalk moon footprints

Drawing is another sort of expression for kids. It starts with scribbles and lines as kids discover they have the power to make marks. Later, their marks represent something and we may be able to recognize what it is. Not all drawings though will look like an object. Sometimes kids just draw shapes and colors but whatever they do, it will be meaningful for them.

chalk moon footprints

For some fun today, give kids a few sticks of sidewalk chalk and let them draw and color. Sidewalks, patios, decks, and driveways are like giant pieces of paper with lots and lots of space. Even if they are not coloring any planets, asteroids, rockets, stars, or chalk moon footprints, it can still be a space activity. Can they fill up the space? Wonder if the astronauts were tempted to draw in the dirt on the moon?

Space Fun #9: Space Art Activities for Kids

The possibilities for space art activities are like space: endless. From simple to complex, easy to challenging, there are ones to appeal to all kids. What shape are planets? As far as we know, they are round. In pictures, planets are circles. A very special kind of paper is circles and it’s found right in … Continue reading Space Fun #9: Space Art Activities for Kids

Space Activities #7: Children’s Space Songs

Zoom, zoom, zoom, we’re going to…sing some children’s space songs and do the actions too. This is a great way to have fun while learning. Ready? Blast off! Zoom, Zoom, Zoom, We’re Going to the Moon is a well-known space song for kids. There are a few variations and most of the time, the countdown … Continue reading Space Activities #7: Children’s Space Songs

Transportation Activities #6: Children’s Transportation Songs

There are so many great reasons to include singing in your child’s day. For inspiration, here are two children’s transportation songs. One of the most popular children’s transportation songs is The Wheels on the Bus. It’s been around for generations of kids and recorded by many children’s musicians and bands. There are translations in dozens … Continue reading Transportation Activities #6: Children’s Transportation Songs

Bubble Play and Learn #21: Bubble Art Activity

Bubble packaging is not just fun to pop. Along with a few other recycled items, it can be used to create some amazing bubble art for a play-of-the-day. If you’ve ever done any wall painting, you’ve likely used a paint roller. You can make one for kids by rolling bubble wrap around a cardboard tube. … Continue reading Bubble Play and Learn #21: Bubble Art Activity

Bubble Art Mothers Day Cards Kids Can Make

Hand-made cards are treasures that mothers keep for years. Here are some bubble art Mothers Day cards kids can make at home. There are several sites that suggest blowing colored bubbles and dipping a paper into them. I’ll admit to being skeptical about this.The bubbles don’t look colored, so how can they leave a color … Continue reading Bubble Art Mothers Day Cards Kids Can Make

Musical Toys and Homemade Instruments Fun

Having fun with musical toys and homemade instruments for kids is today’s play-of-the-day. Did you see the Google doodle for the theremin, a musical instrument played with hands but without touching? It inspired Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones and these ideas too.Kids enjoy making noise, er music, and will use ordinary items they find … Continue reading Musical Toys and Homemade Instruments Fun