A Preschool Olympics Theme: Summer or Winter--this is a great theme to encouarge games and working together!
This Preschool Olympics Theme page includes preschool lesson plans, activities and Interest Learning Center ideas for your Preschool Classroom!
Let the Theme planning begin!
You can either scroll down through this page to see all of the preschool activities for your theme or click the link below to go to specific preschool activity types you are looking for.
Preschool Olympics Theme Art
Preschool Olympics Theme Mascots
Materials Needed: variety of recycled items (boxes, paper towel tubes, cans with rims taped for safety, etc.); glue, glue gun (for adult use only), pom poms, aluminum foil, googly eyes and any other items you can think of!
The children make their own mascot for this fun theme!
Display the mascots with their names for the week!
Colored Olympic Rings
Materials needed: paper plates, crayons, scissors,
In advance, either cut out the centers of the paper plates OR draw a dark line with a marker to show the children where to cut (Cut a starting cut mark to help them begin) so they can cut out the centers themselves.
The children color the rings.
EXTENSION: Staple 5 rings together in the Olympic pattern and hang around your classroom!
Materials needed: paper, variety of miscellaneous arts and crafts items, scissors, glue
The children make a collage of their own flags.
Or, show pictures of your country's flag for them to try to duplicate with the items you have provided.
Materials needed: Paper, crayons, stickers, tissue paper in yellow, red and orange.
The children decorate the paper with crayons and stickers.
Roll the paper in a cone shape, with their colored side on the outside and tape or staple in place (this is the torch holder).
The children crumple up one piece of each color tissue paper and insert into their torch.
Sponge Paint Torch
Materials: 2 pieces of paper; sponges; red and yellow paint;
On one piece of paper, the children sponge paint using sponges or sponge brushes.
On the other, draw a torch shape for the children to cut out.
When dry, help the children cut the painted paper into flame shapes.
Glue onto the torch shape.
Circle Stamping Olympic Logo
Materials needed: red, blue, yellow, green and black paint; items to print with that are circle shapes (plastic cups, containers, lids, paper towel tubes, cookie cutter circle shapes, etc.); paper
Put the paint in shallow trays. The children use the circle items to dip into the paint and then stamp onto the paper to make rings!
Remember, they do NOT need to look like the Olympic Logo...just let them stamp!
Preschool Olympics Theme Block Center Ideas
Speed It Up!
Add ramps to your block area along with toy cars to investigate speed: How can you make the cars go faster down the ramp? Slower?
Try adding a ruler! Show the children how to balance a ruler on a cylindar block (it will look like a teeter-totter or see-saw). Place a pom pom on one end of the ruler. "Slam" your hand on the other side of the ruler and see how far the pom-pom goes!
Preschool Olympics Theme Circle Time Ideas
Circle Time is such a great time for children to learn the social skills of being together as a large group AND to learn more about your theme!
Which Olympic Color is Missing?
Provide pom poms or other circular items that are the Olympic Logo colors: blue, black, red, yellow and green
Cover them with a blanket. Remove one. Uncover and ask children which color is missing.
Continue by removing 2 or 3 or 4 or ALL the rings and test their memory and color recognition skills!
Preschool Olympics Theme Song: Working Together
As preschool Olympians, they need to work together as a team! Teach them this traditional song as your theme song (you can also look up the sign language for this song online).
The More We Get Together
The more we get together, together, together
The more we get together the happier we'll be.
Because my friends are your friends and your friends are my friends.
The more we get together the happier we'll be.
Pass the Torch
For this game, you'll need to check out your CD collection! Find music that is fast, slow and in between.
In advance, make a torch--roll paper into a cone shape and staple paper flames to it!
Start slow music and begin passing the torch from person to person, when the music stops, they freeze.
Now play faster music and pass the torch faster!
Preschool Olympics Theme Training Exercises!
Again, you will need your music collection! There are so many CD's with exercise songs on them! Choose a few every day!
Snack Recipe Ideas to Cook Up for Your Theme!
Cooking with children helps develop their math skills and helps them to learn how to follow directions. It also allows for some great conversation! Ask many questions while cooking with your children to encourage conversation! Be sure to ask specific themed questions while making these fun snacks!
Gold and Silver Snack
Materials needed: Items to make trail mix (cheerios, other cereal, animal crackers, pretzels, etc.); bowls and tablespoons for each item; gold and silver foil cupcake liners.
Place the items in bowls. The children spoon some of each into their cupcake foil liners.
We found this difficult to "limit" them with each item so we changed it in this way:
Have the children help you scoop each of the items from the bowls into a large bowl.
Have them help you to mix it all together.
The children then scoop this trai lmix into the liners.
Popcorn in Torch Cups
Make air popped popcorn with the children. Season to taste.
While the popcorn is popping, have the children color a piece of paper. Roll it into a cone shape. Tape in place and staple the bottom closed.
Serve popcorn in torches!
VARIATION: Use ice cream cones for torches to serve the popcorn in! Totally edible snack!
Preschool Olympics Theme Fruit Ring Pizza
Ingredients: Large chocolate chip cookies (make these with the children from your favorite recipe!); cream cheese to spread on the cookies and fruit to decorate the rings: blueberries, blackberries; strawberries; pineapple or banana; kiwi
See my Pinterest Page for a picture! (The Pinterest link to my board is on the bottom of this page).
Preschool Olympics Theme Ideas to Transform Your Dramatic Play Area
Set up some obstacle courses and games for your preschool olympiads!
Toss balls into a bin; add a balance beam; add other activitiesms as space allows.
Also, we need to eat healthy to be healthy! Provide healthy play food for the children to prepare!
Preschool Olympics Theme Ideas for your Easel--
More Than Just Painting (Although that is always THE favorite in our classroom!)
My Own Flag
Provide paper, the 5 Olympic Ring colors of paint (blue, black, red, yellow, green) and brushes. The children create their own, unique flag!
Preschool Olympics Theme Large Group Games
that help build their muscles while they have fun together
Olympic Game Time!
Here are many ideas for Preschool Style Olympic Games:
Hammer Throw: Fill socks with a tennis ball or with uncooked rice. Tie off. See how far these can be thrown.
Tennis: Use Fly swatters and balloons to play.
Hockey: Use pool noodles and beach balls to hit the ball from one side of the playground or room to the other.
Basketball: Use a preschool basketball hoop set you already have or provide baskets or bins and balls to bounce and throw into the bins.
Javelin: Line up colored bowls in a long line. The children stand at the beginning and throw drinking straws to try and land into the bowls.
Shot Put: Use tennis balls or plastic balls that fit in your hand and show children how to throw them like shot puts.
Ring Toss: Of course! There are SO many ways to do this! You can purchase a plastic ring toss set. You can color paper plates with the children and cut out the middles and have them toss those onto large plastic soda (pop) bottles
Ice Skating: Secure waxed paper around the children's socks and let them skate on a carpeted area.
Relay Race: Have the children run to a friend and hand them a "scroll"; that child runs to the next child, etc.
Obstacles: Set up an indoor or outdoor obstacle course: balance beam, crawl under a chair, around a box, through a tunnel, hop on paper circles, etc.
Preschool Olympics Activities Theme Ideas for Your Library and Literacy Activities for your Preschool Classroom
Book Suggestions for the Library
Duke's Olympic Feet by Ellie Crowe
How to Train with a T. Rex and Win 8 Gold Medals by Michael Phelps
Koala Lou by Mem Fox
Olympic Alphabet by John A. R. Wight
Panda Goes to the Olympics: Animalympics by Judith Simanovsky
Tacky and the Winter Games (Tacky the Penguin) by Helen Lester and Lynn Munsinger
Winners Never Quit! by Mia Hamm
Preschool Olympics Theme Activities
to help your Preschoolers develop those small muscles in their hands!
Provide rulers, tape measures, yard sticks and other items to measure with this week!
Provide beads (pony beads) of different colors and bowls of corresponding colors. The children can sort and count while developing the small muscles in their hands.
The Next Step
Once the children have explored the above beads for a day or so, add pipe cleaners for them to put the beads on.
EXTENSION: In advance, make a few patterns on pipe cleaners with the beads and encourage the children to recreate them.
Match the Game
In advance, draw and color (or print out) pictures of athletes in the appropriate attire (runners, basketball player, swimmers, etc.).
Also, draw and color (or print out) a piece of equipment that goes with each one (running shoes, basketball, swimming goggles etc.).
Laminate them. The children match the person to the equipment.
You could also tape the athletes into a manila folder and have the children place the equipment piece on the correct athlete.
The Olympic Crown
Provide artificial leaves and large wreaths.
The children decorate the wreaths with the leaves.
Provide different colors, shapes, shades, etc.
Provide games like Ants in the Pants or those cute, little frog jumpers for the children to use!
Tape lines on the floor as a track for the little critters!
Preschool Olympics Theme Music and Movement Activities
and Ideas to get your Preschoolers Movin' and Groovin'!
In advance, collect plastic lids from containers (such as butter tubs, ice cream tubs, etc.). Cut small holes around the outside edge.
Provide a lid for each child and many strips of colored crepe paper.
The children push a streamer (crepe paper) through each hole.
Use these to do some "freeze" dancing!
VARIATION: Attach streamers to paper plates decorated by the children.
Use colored balls to toss off the parachute.
Also, encourage the children to move the parachute together and try to keep the balls ON the parachute!!
Preschool Olympics Theme Activities for the Senses!
Snow Sport Searching!
Fill your table with cotton balls and white pom poms. Add plastic/magnetic letters.
Provide spoons, tongs and cups for your children to search for the letters, pick up "snowballs", etc.
Make playdough with your students using your favorite recipe. Add food coloring to make Olympic Logo colored dough (red, blue, green, yellow, black).
Make snakes and turn them into circles! Or, just enjoy using these colors...let them mix the colors to explore what happens!
Jump the Hurdles
Use sand in your table. Add small plastic fences from a play farm set and animals to jump over the fences.
Or, add craft sticks to make fences and little people to jump the hurdles.
In advance, fill tubs or bins with water and freeze. Make many of them!
In advance, tape two craft sticks together to make the letter "L"--a hockey stick shape.
Provide pom poms or ping pong balls for your children to hit across the ice to each other!
Preschool Olympics Theme Science Activities--
for your Preschool Scientists in Training!
Chalk Running Tracks
Provide sidewalk chalk, dark construction paper and a shallow tray of water.
The children dip the chalk into the water and then draw running tracks (or just draw!) on the paper.
It looks great when wet and dries quickly. The children will love watching the change from wet to dry!
EXTENSION: Bring the chalk outside to draw people sized tracks that they can run in!
Pom Pom Soccer
Using the tracks above (from the Chalk activity) or by taping lines on your table or floor, provide the children with pom poms and drinking straws.
They blow on the pom poms to move them down the running track!
Olympic Color Mixing
Provide bingo daubers of a variety of colors.
Encourage the children to press colors over each other.
"I wonder what color you will have if you make a red dot on top of the yellow dot?"
This looks amazing, though I must admit I have never tried it! I'd love to hear from anyone who does this!
Here's what you need:
3 clear glasses (one large, 2 can be smaller).
Fill the large glass 3/4 full with warm water.
In the smaller glasses, place 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil and a few drops of food coloring (choose 2 different colors--I suggest red in one of the cups and blue in the other).
Quickly pour the contents of one of the small glasses into the large glass of warm water and observe!
(Some of the food coloring will remain in the vegetable oil until it gets heavy enough to fall through the oil. When it does, some will go to the bottom of the glass and then "fly" up to the top as it pops).
After several minutes, pour the contens of the other small glass into the large one and watch the colors mix!
To see a demonstration of this, go to the link below!
Writing Activity Ideas for Your Preschool Olympics Theme!
My Favorite Olympic Sport
Provide colored pencils and/or crayons and paper. Encourage the children to draw a picture of their favorite Olympic sport. Ask them to tell you about their picture and write down what they say.
Make these into a Preschool Olympic classroom book!