Setting the Olympic stage
Creating your own family version of the Olympics is a great way to get everybody active and together, with a little healthy competition thrown in for good measure. For the best results and happy families all round, choose events and sports that play to a variety of interests, strengths and abilities. Remember if you don’t come out on top this time, you don’t have to wait four years to do it again. Don’t make things too complicated, it’s meant to be fun, here are some easy basics to get you started on your Olympic journey.
Step one: Divide the family into teams, pairs or play as individuals. How you decide to play really depends on how many people are in your family or extended family. Next give each team or individual a name or assign them a country to represent, this all adds to the fun and Olympic spirit.
Step two: Each team or individual then picks an activity they want to feature in your family Olympics. Ask each team to choose an activity(s) until there’s at least five sports. That way there’s a good spread of sports and everybody is competing in multiple activities.
Step three: Decide how each activity will be scored, so that at the end of each event it’s clear who came first (gold), second (silver) and third (bronze). After each round assign and record points as follows: Gold – 3 points; Silver – 2 points; Bronze – 1 point. Remember to keep score so you know who the overall winner and Olympic champion in each event is.