We’re getting ready for The Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 by partnering with P&G, Team USA Partner, to bring you some ideas to make The Olympic Winter Games fun for kids.
I’m not typically interested in sports, but I am always fascinated by The Olympic Winter Games. Jordan and I look forward to it every four years. It’s always on in the background through the day and we often invite others over for a small gathering. This year we have a little one that will be joining in on the festivities and we have big plans to make it fun for her. So, today I am sharing with you some of the ideas we came up with so that you can incorporate them into your home for The Olympic Winter Games season.
To prepare for our gathering, I went to Schnucks and picked up a couple of my P&G favorites. Schnucks is my favorite local place to shop here in St. Louis. We found the Swiffer is just the perfect tool for some Olympic Winter Games fun.
Here are some ideas to bring The Olympic Winter Games to life in your home:
1. Swiffer Curling
After watching the curling event, we came up with our own version using a couple Swiffers and a ball. It’s far from the actual thing, but a lot of fun. We used two Swiffers for the brooms and a ball (instead of 44-pound rock!).
- Split up into two teams
- Grab two different colored but same size balls and a Swiffer mop (two if you got ’em)
- Place a line of tape at one end and a circle at the other as the target (we used Washi tape)
- Teams take turns trying to roll the ball closest to the target. Teams may knock the opposing teams’ ball away. Brooms cannot touch any balls, but are there to make the “ice” more slick for speed
Every time we watch curling we want to try it out for ourselves, and unless you live in Canada or Minnesota, I’m pretty sure there isn’t a place close by to play. A Swiffer mop and a couple balls is the next best thing! We were laughing and having a blast as we tried to give our best interpretation.
Make sure your little ones are careful with the slippery floor, we were just fine with bare feet, socks with grippers, and shoes.
For older kids: See below to make it a more ice-like experience by using paper towels for shoes.
2. Swiffer hockey
Similar to curling, we used a couple Swiffers and a rolled up sock for the puck, you could easily add brooms as well.
You can probably figure out how to play a little hockey game, but just in case, here are two of the ways we’ve been playing:
Our little one’s favorite way to play this game is to use the Swiffer to get the puck in a taped circle on the floor (we used the same circle from our curling game).
To make it more challenging: Add a goalie or have the toddler try to shoot from farther distances
Each team has a goal, we used two entryways for ours. You score by getting the puck (or rolled up sock) through the opposing team’s goal.
Pro tip: Combine the paper towel “ice skates” to make it more like ice hockey
At this point, Ruby was really into The Olympic Winter Games. And bonus? My floors were starting to look pretty clean. 🙂
3. Bounty paper towel figure skating
Probably my favorite of these as figure skating is one that I always enjoy watching. We used Our Bounty paper towels to create “ice skates” and did a little figure skating on the hardwood floor.
The imagination of children is beautiful, and we’re having a blast getting to experience that world again.
Our two-year-old’s favorite thing to do is to dance, so this was a treat for her. It took her a little while to figure out how to slide and not pick up her feet.
She will be a pro at Bounty ice skating by the time The Olympic Winter Games is on. I know she’s going to love the figure skating too.
She kept wanting to go back and get “new skates”, we now have a pile of paper towels to use up. At least our floor are dry!
Now that we’ve had some fun and the house is clean, it’s time for something to eat!
4. The Olympics Winter Games inspired appetizers
Every great Olympic Winter Games part needs good food. To keep it simple, I walked through the frozen food section of Schnucks and gathered a variety of appetizers. My goal with the appetizer choices was to make it simple and prioritize fun and watching The Olympic Winter Games. 🙂 To continue in bringing The Olympic Winter Games more to life for little ones, I chose to pick foods originating from different countries.
I keep an American flag stashed away for this kind of get-togethers. It makes for an impactful and very easy decor option.
I love seeing all of the countries that come together to play in The Olympic Winter Games. We always make sure to watch the opening ceremony and freshen up on our geography. To celebrate this I chose a variety of foods inspired from different cultures. And an American fruit bunch with blueberries to drink.
From preparation to clean up, Procter & Gamble has everything you need for a successful Olympic Winter Games party, available at Schnucks. Whether you’re watching the Olympic Winter Games with a large group of friends, or a small family gathering, you’ll want to be stocked with all your P&G essentials, Team USA partner, which can be found at your local Schnucks!
Get a free Team USA P&G backpack when you buy $30 of P&G products from 1/23 – 1/30 at Schnucks. Check your local store for more details!
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