Saturday, July 21, 2012

Backyard Family Olympics Recap + Giveaway

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I'm guest posting on Skip to My Lou today, showing you how I made these Olympic headbands! I made a bunch of them, and thought it would be fun to give one away, so scroll to the bottom of this post to enter!

I LOVE the Olympics. We are totally watching them every day this summer. With the summer Olympics only rolling around every four years, I jumped at the chance to welcome them and celebrate, to make them extra special and exciting for our family! So we had our own Backyard Family Olympics, and it was such fun! We might turn this into an annual family event! Today I'm showing pictures of the final activities, but next Saturday I will have the tutorials posted for everything you see here.

The week before we had our Olympics, we did the prep work, (which was just as much fun as the actual game day)! We made our own team t-shirts, headbands, medals, sign, and torch. I bought all of my supplies at Hobby Lobby, and used what he had around the house. Tutorials to come! The actual planning of the games was the easiest part.


Opening Ceremonies-
We began our festivities with the opening ceremonies. It's all on film. Yes, we sang the National Anthem and passed the DIY Olympic torch around. We took a moment to explain what the Olympics mean, and also what it means to be a good sport and a team player.

Crepe Paper Rhythmic Gymnastics-
This was the most fun game. We all loved it! Each family member had their own color of crepe paper. The contest was to see who could unroll theirs the fastest. If you throw it up in the air, it goes so far, and has a huge tail of crepe paper flying after it. I would totally recommend doing this! Each roll was less than $2. So totally worth it.

Rock, Paper, Scissors-
This was our 6 year old's idea. :)

Parent/Child Marco Polo-
The parent closes their eyes and yells "Marco" while the children yell "Polo!" Then you run all over the yard chasing after the kids.

Egg on a Spoon-

Trampoline Simon Says-


We didn't take our games too seriously, as you can see in these pictures. :)
How do ya like my Tim Tebow impression? haha

Other game ideas-
obstacle course, ring toss, baseball, firefly catching contest, hula hoop contest, relay, 3 legged race, swingset routine, bike race, water balloons

It would also be really fun to invite other families to participate in your Family Olympics. I think older kids/teenagers would enjoy the competition! Since it was our "first" family olympics, I decided to keep it pretty low key. Regarding the competition and medals, we didn't really keep score of anything. We just had fun playing the games. Every person won a gold medal, in honor of their "personal best." Maybe as our kids get older, we'll be a little more competitive, but it was perfect for their age.

I thought it would be fun to end the night with an English dessert, since this year's games are being held in London.

I made this little craft for fun. I used vinyl from Oh My Crafts.

I'm giving away a sporty Olympic headband!

To Enter:
All you need to do is be a follower of Skip to My Lou, and Family Ever After.
You can follow any way you'd like, take your pick!

Then leave one comment on my blog, with your email written like this:
familyeverafter at gmail

Extra Entry:
Share this post via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or your blog.

That's it! Giveaway ends on the opening day of the Olympics, on July 27. I'll immediately get the headband in the mail! Open to US residents only. Chances of winning depend on the number of entries. Must be 18 or older to enter.

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Aurelia said...

Found you via STML. This is so cute. Thanks for the giveaway. aureliawlc at gmail dot com

mary said...

I follow you on facebook and just liked Skip to My Lou on facebook.

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Jenny said...

This headband is so cute! I follow you and Skip to my Lou on Pinterest!
mrs.jennifer.nelson at gmail

Vicki W. said...

I've been following you on Pinterest for awhile & going to check & make sure I follow you on both Twitter & facebook as well. Followed Skip to my Lou on all three as well.

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kitchenditcher said...

We are Olympic FANATICS and are so going to do this with our family! Thanks for the great post.

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Fancy That Notion said...

Great idea! These are so cute:)
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Little Ella Lu said...

Looks like a lot of fun! littleellalu at gmail

Amanda said...

This is such an adorable idea!!! It looks like you all had a blast!

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annemarie said...

Email subscriber to both blogs! a(dot)haun at sbcglobal

Alyssa said...

I'm a new follower (gfc) coming over from skip to my lou. :)

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Kathy Penney said...

Fun adorable way to get into the Olympic Spirit! Found your site on a linky party. Love love love and am following.

Tiffany said...

I love this fun!!! I am new..coming to you from Skip to My Lou:)

tjurkash at gmail

Allyson Butler said...

Those headbands are just too too cute!

Mary @ Organization Matters said...

What an awesome idea! I love this! My family will really enjoy copying your idea. :)

I found you from the I Heart Naptime linky party.

Jess@Coxs Corner said...

I'm so doing this for family night! I love it!

I'm also a follower to both blogs!

jcoxcreations at gmail

Jess@Coxs Corner said...

Totally pinned it for an extra entry/to remember the idea!

jcoxcreations at said...

So cute Rachie. I bet you all had a great time together! I love all the fun ideas you have. :-)

The Lady of the House said...

How creative! Thanks for sharing! I follow STML via email and now you via Pinterest.

Lan said...

What a fantastic site!
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Lan said...

Shared for an extra entry!
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KLee said...

We are having a olympic play date this week. Thanks for some fun ideas.
Following STML via RSS and FEA via pinterest.
jandkalexander at hotmail

KLee said...

Just pinned your post!
jandkalexander at hotmail

Rose said...

This looks so creative and fun!

Heather Kinnaird said...

what a fun family way to participate in the Olympics!

Carole said...

Great post. I found you via the Tuesday Talent Show from Chef in Training
I have linked a pizza I did with leftover roast chicken. Have a good week.

Heather @ Raising Memories Blog said...

Uh... Rachel? You're a superstar.

P.S. Thanks for linking up at my link party :)


{ L } said...

I saw the word "olympics" and had to click over! I'm posting all on the Olympics this week too because we just did a party with that theme.

You look adorable in your headband lol. And your family games are AWESOME! I want to be there. My favorite part was by far your fruit dessert...SO pretty.

Mandy @ Sugar Bee Crafts said...

Thanks for linking to TAke-A-Look Tuesday over at Sugar Bee Crafts - you were featured today!

Emilyah said...

Totally cute. Here I'll admit that I have a problem, I'm and Olympic junkie; I've been addicted since childhood. nehaasjunk at gmail

Natural-Nesters said...

Yay!! Naturalnesters at gmail

Britni said...

Saw your link at HOH and had to come over! That picture is awesome :) This is so great, and I will definitely keep it in mind when my daughter is older. Looks like a blast!! I would be thrilled if you shared this at my Throwback Thursday link party.

Thanks so much for sharing the fun!

Ashley said...

Excited for the Awesome Olympics need a headband to show my spirit!!! I'm following on you and Skip to my Lou on facebook :) Shared on Pintrest!
Thank You!

Ashley said...

Got a little excited!Didnt finish the whole thing!
buxndux05 at yahoo

Jaclyn said...

I follow you both via RSS
FaithHopeLoveHappiness at gmail

marissa said...

this looks like so much fun. I may have to get my nieces to do the crepe paper thing that sounds like a blast

rae gun ramblings

Karen At Home said...

What a cute idea! Your family looks like they had so much fun.

Sue S. said...

I love your Olympic games!!! Great ideas! I am a follower on Pinterest :)

sueot33 at yahoo dot com

Emily Morgenstern said...

What a fun idea!! I know your family had a blast. And, the dessert looks scrumptious!

I've shared on pinterest!

Ginger said...

Featuring YOU today! Thank you for linking up to {wow me} wednesday.

Ginger @

Betsy said...

Looks like you guys had a really fun time. I love the headbands and the trifle.


What a cute idea! Your family looks like they had so much fun.

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