4 Ways to Bring the Excitement of the Olympics to Your Classroom

After being postponed, along with so many other important events last year, the Olympics are finally happening! The excitement is building and the amazing athletes will be watched by kids all over the world. Bringing the excitement of the Summer Games into your classroom is a way to get kids engaged right away! Read on to find out 4 ways that you can bring the fun of the Olympics to your students AND get an awesome freebie that you can use in your classroom.

  1. DIVIDE STUDENTS INTO TEAMS AND HAVE THEM CREATE THEIR OWN COUNTRY They can come up with a name for their country and create a flag. You can even have them come up with a chant or a song that would represent the country.


  1. HAVE AN OPENING CEREMONY Make this a fun event with a parade around the room to music from the Olympics. 

John Williams: "Olympic Fanfare and Theme" - YouTube

Each “country” can hold up their flag and sing their song/chant when it’s their turn. Make a speech about how important it is to work as a team, treat each other with respect, and do their best. You can also show clips from the 2021 opening ceremony or past ceremonies.

Here is the one from 2016:

Rio 2016 Opening Ceremony Full HD Replay | Rio 2016 Olympic Games - YouTube


  1. GO OUTSIDE AND HOLD YOUR OWN CLASSROOM OLYMPIC GAMES There are lots of creative activities that will get kids moving and having a great time. Below is a list of a few outdoor games that you might try out:

    • Beanbag Paper Plate Toss

    • Water Balloon Toss

    • Hula Hoop Contest

    • Frisbee Throw

    • Egg Relay Race


For more fun activities you can do outside, check out:

10 Fun Olympic Game Ideas for Kids - Kid Activities


  1. BUILD TEAMWORK WITH AN OLYMPIC THEMED ESCAPE ROOM Students will work together on 5 teamwork challenges in order to complete each event and earn the gold medal! We are giving away this fun breakout game, normally $4, for FREE! Click below to grab one for your students.



We hope you have blast celebrating the Olympics with your students and we want to leave you with some encouraging words :).


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