Summer Olympics themed preschool lesson plans. Arts and crafts, games, math, science, group time activities, songs and snack ideas.

Aquatics (Swimming, Water polo, Diving and Synchronised Swimming)
Archery
Badminton
Baseball
Basketball
Boxing
Canoeing
Cycling (Road cycling, Track cycling, and Mountain Bike)
Equestrian (Dressage, Jumping, Eventing)
Fencing (men's and women's: foil, epee and sabre)
Football
Gymnastics (Artistic Gymnastics, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Trampoline, Sports Acrobatics, Sports Aerobics and General Gymnastics)
Handball
Hockey
Judo
Modern pentathlon (discus throw, javelin, long jump, the stadium-length race, and wrestling)
Rowing (a variety of different events)
Sailing
Shooting The 10-metre Shooting range, The 25-metre Shooting range, The 50-metre Shooting range, The indoor Shooting range where the finals will be held, Four Clay Target Shooting ranges, three for the qualification round and one for the finals.
Softball
Table Tennis
Taekwondo
Tennis (Men’s singles, Women’s singles, Men’s doubles, Women’s doubles)
Triathlon (Swimming, Cycling, and Running)
Volleyball
Weightlifting
Wrestling

Everything you want to know can be found here:
The official website of the ATHENS 2004 Olympic Games

Try these pages for some other ideas:
Aquatics: Water
Equestrian: Farm
Art

Table Tennis Ball Art
First you need a large plastic container with a lid. (I used a shallow peanut butter container.) Next cut out paper that will fit in the lid of the container. Place a few drops of paint into the container with a tennis table ball, then place a very small amount of paint on the lid and pre-cut paper on the paint. (I use the paint to make the paper stick to the lid.) Place the lid on the container, flip and have the children shake. When finished, remove paper and allow to dry, and place a clean piece of paper in the lid for the next child.

Flag Art
Supply the children with a variety of different pictrues of flags from around the world. Have the children recreate the flag with construction paper or create their own new flag.

Funny Weights
Older children can attach small blown up balloons to either side of a straw with tape to create a cute mini bar bells.

Olympic Rings Painting
Put a small amount of tempera paint in a large shallow container. (A pie tin works well) Show your child how to dip the cookie cutter in the paint and press onto a piece of paper to create a print. You can make olmpic ring pictures by using circle cookie cutters, colored paint (red, green, black, yellow/orange and blue) and white paper.

Ball Rubbings 
Cut different ball shapes from paper doilies or sand paper. Tape these balls to the table. Have the children place a piece of thin white paper over the balls and rub a crayon over the ball shape.

Shaving Cream Art 
Add a drop of food coloring to a baseball sized pile of shaving cream. Mix this with a paint brush. Have the children be very careful, and use smocks because the food coloring will stain their clothing and hands. Have the children paint the shaving cream on a piece of paper that is ball shaped.

Potato Prints (ball prints) 
Cut a large potato in half. Supply the children with the potato stamps, different colored paints, and paper. Have the children dip the potatoes in the paint and press them firmly onto the paper. If the potatoes are not cut evenly the shapes will not appear clearly.

Sports Stamping Patterns 
Use rubber stamps to create a simple pattern on the top half of a piece of paper. Ask your child to help you recreate the pattern on the bottom half of the paper. Tip: Start with one stamp, and have your child pick which stamp you used. Start slowly and work your way up to more complicated patterns.

Sports Stamping
Supply the children with rubber stamps with a sports theme to use to create a picture.

Sports Stickers
Supply the children with sports themed stickers to create a picture with.

Ball Splat 
You will need various balls, a large box, paper and paint. Place a piece of paper in the bottom of the box. Let the children dip the balls in the paint and throw them into the box. When they are finished pull out the paper and allow to dry.

Trike Art
You can have the children ride a tricycle or other ride on toy through paint and onto buthcher paper.

Create Torches
You will need: watered down non-toxic paint (orange, yellow and red), paper, pipettes and straws. Supply each child with a straw and a piece of paper. Allow the children to use the pipette (or medicine dropper NOT GLASS) to place a small amount of paint onto a piece of paper. They may use as many colors as they wish. Then, have them use the straw to blow the paint around their picture. Use this as the fire that comes from a torch. Then have them cut out a torch handle.

Medals
Create medals from different colors of paper. Hav the children cut circles, decorate, then punch a hole in the medal and use yarn or ribbon so they can wear it around their neck.

Ribbons
Rhythmic gymnastics is a new team sport. have the students create streamers to dance with using streamers attached to the end of a pencil.

Songs



My Ball Song
sung to "Mary had a Little Lamb"
Once I had a little ball
little ball
little ball
Once I had a little ball
Bounce, bounce, bounce, bounce, bounce

My Sports Song

sung to "The More we Get Together"
If I would play soccer
play soccer
play soccer
If I would play soccer
I would need a ball
Substitute soccer for football, tennis, baseball etc.

Scarf and Ribbon Dancing
Provide each child with a ribbon or scarf to dance with.

Science, Math and Games

Flag match game
Obtain pictures of the flags of the world. Make two color copies of each (they need to be about the same size) Then glue each flag to an index card and play memory.

Flag Talk
Show the pictures of many flags to the class. Name a few of the countries the flags belong to. Ask the children which is their favorite. Why do they like it?

Name that Flag
Have the children guess which flag belongs to which country. Start with just a few for the young ones.. like Us and Canada or Mexico.

Find that Shape
Show the children a variety of different flags. What shapes do you see in the flag?

Find that Color
Show the children a variety of different flags. What colors do you see in the flag?

I spy a Flag Game
Show the children a variety of different flags. Then give clues.. like "I spy a flag with a green rectangle." Keep giving clues until the children can tell you which flag you have chosen.

Sports Match Up 
There are many ways to set this up depending on the skill level or the particular skill you wish to work on. Try these different set ups:
- Cut out sports shapes from different colors of paper. Give each child one sports shape. Ask the children to find one person with the same color sports shape.
- Cut the sports shapes from one color of paper. Label one set of sports shapes with numbers, i.e. if you have 20 children, label the sports shapes with the numbers one to ten. The other half, draw one dot on one, two on another, and so on until ten. Give each child one sports shape and have them find the child with their match.
- Cut the sports shapes from one color of paper. Place matching stickers on two sports shapes. Give each child one sports shape and have them find the child with their match.
- Place matching sports stickers on separate index cards. Give each child a card and ask them to find the child with their match.
- Try all the above, but in a file folder format. Glue one part of the sports shape to the file folder and laminate it's match.

Bean Bag or soft ball Toss 
Obtain a large piece of cardboard. A large, unfolded box works well. Cut one or two holes or sports shapes out of the cardboard. Paint the cardboard. When dry let the children throw bean bags through the holes.

Balance Beams
If you don't have a balance bean in your class, tape a piece of yarn on the floor and have the children walk on that. It's fun, and they fall less often (They still fall.. LOL)

Sports Hop 
Cut out large sports shapes from colored paper. Laminate them and cut them out. Place them on the floor and ask the children to hop from one sports shape to another. These may also be used at seat markers for group time.

What time is it Mr. Referee? 
This is a fun game to play outside. You can change the name to suit any theme. The children all line up against a wall or fence. And one child, (Mr. Referee) or the teacher faces away from the children, a good distance away from the children. The children yell, what time is it "Mr. Referee", Mr. Referee answers 1 o'clock, and the children all take one step toward Mr. Referee. The children yell again, what time is it "Mr. Referee", Mr. Referee answers (fill in the blank) o'clock, and the children all take same number of step toward Mr. Referee. This continues until all the children are very close to Mr. Referee, then Mr. Referee will answer it's midnight, and chases the children back to the fence or wall that they started at. The first person Mr. Referee touches will be the new Mr. Referee.

Sports Hide and Seek
Have all the children hide their eyes while you "hide" a sports object in the room. (It should be placed in plain view) Tell the children to find the object, but not touch it. Once they spot it they should sit back down in their spot. The first one to sit down again will get to hide the object.

Sports Hide and Seek 
Play the game the same as above, except hide the sports object. Then tell the children individually whether they are "hot" or "cold" to the relation of the object. Allow the other children to have a change to hide the object, and tell children whether they are "hot or cold". It may be a good idea to discuss the meaning of hot and cold before you play this game.

Sports Shape Fishing Game
Tie 3 feet of string to a wooden spoon. Attach a magnet to the end of the string. Cut and laminate many different colored, and sized sports shapes from construction paper (not too big though). Attach a paper clip to each shape. Spread the shapes on the floor and let your child try to catch the shapes. Have them try to catch the red shape.. or the biggest shape. For a twist, label the shapes with letters or numbers. Ask the children to catch a specific shape, or ask them which shape they caught.

Ball Sizing 
Cut out many different sized ball shapes. Ask the children to line up the shapes from largest to smallest.

Real Ball Sizing
Supply the children with different sized balls and have them line up the ball according to size.

Ball Numbers 
Cut out ten ball shapes. Number them one to ten. Ask the children to line up the balls from one to ten.

Ball Colors 
Ask the children to sort the balls by color.

Sports Match Up
Supply the children with pictures of sports objects that belong together.. i.e. baseball and baseball mit or bat. A hockey puck and stick. Ask the children if they can match the objects.

Sports Sort
Supply the children with pictures of sports objects that belong together. Have the children sort the objects according to the sport they go with.

Beach Ball Bat 
Hang a beach ball from the ceiling just within the child's reach. Allow the children to bat at the ball.

Sports Sort: 
Cut out shapes of different sports objects. Have them laminated. Ask the children to sort the shapes. Ask the children how many ___ do you have?

Find One like mine:
Cut out shapes of different sports objects. Have them laminated. Pick out a shape, and ask the children to pick the same shape as you out of a pile of shapes.

Make yours like mine:
Provide each child, and yourself with different sports objects. Place your shapes in a pattern, and ask the children if they can make theirs like yours. Let the children have a turn too, making up the patterns.

Kid Sports Jeopardy 
Tell your child you are going to play a game, where they come up with the answers and you come up with the questions. Let's say that they say “baseball”, you could say “What is a game you play that has four bases?” Play this way for a little until they get the hang of it, then switch, you say the answers and let them think of the questions.

Lacing Cards 
Cut colored poster board into a sports shape and punch holes around the edges. Them let your child lace yarn or a shoestring into the cards.

Home made memory game 
You need: Index cards (blank on both sides) and Sports Stickers
What to do: Place matching stickers on one side of two index cards. Place the cards sticker side down. Take turns trying to find a match by turning over two cards per turn. If you find a match you get another turn, if not the next player gets their turn.

Basketball game 
Easy game to play. Take a laundry basket, and a ball, and tell your child to throw the ball into the basket. You may use masking tape on the floor to mark a free throw line. Ask your child to be their favorite basketball star!!!

Wear you ______ Day
Each day pick a special thing for the children to wear that day: Baseball cap, Jersey, Hockey shirt, Team shirt, etc.

Sports Charades
For the older children: Have a child act out a sport. The first child to guess gets to act out the next sport.

Running Races
Have a running race or a relay race. Make it fun by having them walk on all fours, walk backwards, hop, skip etc.

Obstacle Course
Set up an obstacle course for the children to navigate. Chairs, climbers, tape on the floor are good tools for this.

Ball Weighing 
Provide the children with a variety of balls to measure and weight.

At the water Table
Provide the children with balls in the water table. Do they float or sink?

At the water Table 
Provide the children with toys that look like people for the water table. Have the children pretend the people are swimming.

Tag Team Clean Up 
Assign members to each team, making it pretty fair to the amount of mess in each area. Make necklaces with the names of the areas to be cleaned on them and pictures. Have the children sit down on our carpet and tell them what to clean and give them a necklace. Like Dramatic Play, blocks, small toys, art, puzzles.. etc. Then they would race against each other and whatever team was done and all sitting on the carpet first would win.

Dramatic Play Area

Dance Prop Box
Mexican Hat, tutu, cane, top hat, baton, wand, broom, dresses, scarves, ribbons, shoes (tap, ballet), slippers, gloves, play rose, music, hat, boas, ties, and belts.

Canoeing
You can supply the children with a large carboard box to "canoe" in. They can use wooden spoons for oars. Add goggles for the children to wear.