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Well, here we are only one more day to the start of the 2012 Summer Olympics. We are super excited to watch all the fun events. As part of our Olympic Week, I thought it would be fun to come up with a few games to play with the kiddos outdoors.

Backyard Olympic Games

  • Javelin Throw
  • Balance Beam
  • Bean Bag Toss
  • Water Bucket Relay
  • Discus Throw

Javelin Throw Supplies:

  • 8 Pool Noodles – 2 a little longer for the pole, 5 for the circles and 1 for the Javelin
  • Duck Tape in blue, black, red, yellow and green
  • Broom handles to hold up the poles


  1. Working with 1 noodle at a time, form a circle, secure the end with Duck Tape. Repeat for all 5 circles
  2. Wrap each circle with a different color Duck Tape
  3. Attach the circles together with Duck Tape and attach them to the poles
  4. Using a hammer, drive the broom handles into the ground and slip the poles over top

Javelin Throw Game {idea from Pinterest}

  • Player stands at a designated spot and throws the Javelin {Noodle} into the holes

Balance Beam Supplies:

  • 2 x 4 piece of wood
  • Scrap pieces of wood for ends


  1. Set up pieces of scrap wood and place the 2 x4 on top

Bean Bag Toss Supplies

  • Olympic Rings
  • Bean Bags – we used the ones we made for the Cornhole Toss

Bean Bag Toss Game

  • Player stands at a designated spot and throws the Bean Bags into the holes

Water Bucket Relay Supplies:

  • Buckets
  • Water

Water Bucket Relay Game

  • Form teams and relay the water buckets from player to player, team done first wins

Discus Throw Supplies:

  • Plastic Frisbee
  • Gold Duck Tape
  • Sidewalk Chalk


  1. Cover Frisbee with Gold Duck Tape
  2. Mark a start line on the sidewalk, and various lengths

Discus Throw Game

  • Throw the Frisbee and player that throws the farthest wins

Some of the other fun additions were the signs we made for each event, simply printed on the computer, attached to colored paper and taped onto a stick, then drive the stick into the ground. The plastic medals are always fun for the kiddos too.

The Olympic Torch is fun and easy to make…

and the Family Flag is also lots of fun!

So tell me…what’s your favorite Olympic Games event? To watch…or play?

Join us for an Olympic Celebration!

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