Thanks to Kitchen Counter Chronicles for passing on the Olympic torch to me in the Kid Bloggers Go Olympics. I now have a chance to race to the finish line and WIN! Or not, as part of a group effort, we’ll all win in celebrating the Olympics with our kids, together.
I mentioned winning because winning is obviously a huge part of the Olympics. Who doesn’t want a gold medal?
Do you talk to your kids about winning and losing? At what age is this appropriate? I’m not sure and I do think this is highly debatable as I know many teams, leagues, sports for children don’t keep scores and don’t have winners or losers.
What are your thoughts on that? I’m curious.
Henry has been very competitive lately. Always being the first one somewhere. Being the fastest, biggest, slowest, jumping the highest, or whatever it is that he needs to be the best at. He thinks he’s it, whether or not he really is.
A fun way to encourage competitiveness, but also to show the meanings of these words to Henry was by creating a race so we had the opportunities to discuss them.
A simple race by blowing fabric across the kitchen floor with a straw.
The setup was a piece of tape to make the starting point. Two pieces of fabric [of equal size, of course, so there's no advantage] and two straws.
On your marks, get set… Blow!
The boys [okay, really it was just Henry] raced to see who could blow their fabric to the edge of the kitchen the fastest.
George didn’t quite know what to do, but that’s okay. He giggled in Henry’s excitement.
When Henry finished, I asked him questions like…
Who was the fastest one?
Who finished first?
Who won the race?
To encourage his knowledge of the terms that he’s been so frequently using lately.
While it wasn’t much of a competition, it was good fun and lots of giggles from the boys. And gave us the opportunity to discuss the words that often come with winning and losing. The Olympics can bring about the same conversations with your kids, take advantage of it!
Thanks Kitchen Counter Chronicles for passing the torch on to me [check out their Olympic Flag art!], now its time to pass it on once again. And I have double duty of passing it along to Ready. Set. Read! and Reading Confetti! Tomorrow, they’ll enlighten you with medals! [Maybe I'll win a gold after all?]
Be inspired to celebrate the Olympics with the many ideas shared below! Feel free to share your own ideas too!
Henry is 4 years old. George is 22 months old.