Red white and blue (or your counties colors). Olympic symbol on the
front and "USA"
You have been invited to participate in the "your last name" Backyard
Olympics (or X-Games)
RSVP: The Team Manager
Come ready to compete!
Can send along a pre-made t-shirt for the event or give them out there. Stencil the
Olympic rings on them along with "Backyard Olympics / X-Games."
Decorations can be red, white and blue bunting with lots of
balloons. Find and use a small tiki torch anchored to a high point (swing set, etc)
Have a portable CD or cassette tape player and play music to put everyone in
the mood to compete!
Cake and Food:
American: Hot dogs, chips, popcorn, American flag cake.
Or make an Olympic Rings cake.
Fill bags if you choose (since the children will get their awards and
pictures of them getting them) with stickers or pins of other countries, sunglasses,
sweatbands, and plastic stop watches.
Need: Gold, silver & bronze medals from a
craft store. Hang them from blue, red and white ribbons to place around the 1st, 2nd
and 3rd place winners in each event. Presentation of the awards should be conducted with
patriotic music in the background and picture taking (Polaroid's so they can take them
Make a platform with the 1st 2nd, & 3rd
For the events, if you are not too picky about your lawn you can spray paint the race
tracks on it or find chalk used for chalking sports fields.
Discus throw -(Frisbee)
10 yard dash
Potato sack race
Need at least two teams
2 articles of clothing alike...2 hats, 2 scarves, 2 mittens, 2 sweaters,
2 pants, 2 wigs, 2 pair boots, etc...
Have kids get in a line, each with a suitcase full of clothes
they take off to a line across from them and drop and open the suitcase and start putting
everything on, they then take the empty suitcase back to the line and take everything off
and put it back in the suitcase and hand it to the next person...
until the last person in line finishes..
Croquet set up in a long line. Olympians hit the balls around each
wicket (points being lost if they actually go though one).
Three Man Bobsled
2 children with "crash" helmets in a wagon with the dads
pushing around a course of trees, slides, basketball stands etc.
Kids on skateboards wearing helmets while mothers hold feet and push
"wheelbarrow" style towards finish line.
5 hula hoops set up in "Olympic Ring" style on the lawn. Throw
Frisbee's -points are awarded for the Frisbee landing in different rings.
The final event - a marathon
(all the kids around the block...One adult on a bike in front and one in back to
supervise). Every participant gets a medal and photograph for this event so no one is left
Any type of 'event' can be used for
this party. You can use traditional games such as volleyball,
basketball, soccer, running races, obstacle course, etc OR Try silly ones, like balancing an egg on a spoon, and an obstacle
courses (triathlon-bike, run, crawl). Instead of 'medals' try making your own by
spray painting large washers. Give all the kids a cord or ribbon and let them add
their winnings to it.