In a few weeks the Summer Olympics Games will start in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. What a spectacular event and what a great opportunity to make your facility buzz with excitement!
The Games will showcase the World’s top athletes competing for national pride as well as Brazil’s cultural diversity, its history, and its music with a spirit of solidarity and friendship.
Allow the thrill of the RIO Olympic Games transform your facility for a few days. A little planning and lots of preparation is needed so gather as many 'helpers' as possible to enable you to get off to a good start.
It goes without saying that the games on your Program should be according to the capabilities and resilience of your participants. Start preparations a couple of weeks before the event and make it a family friendly Olympics!
Now is the time to start planning your own in-house Olympics. Watching favorite sports on TV can be enthralling but getting involved is even more fun. In the true spirit of the Olympic Games, plan your own mini Olympics! Plan daily sports events related to the games.
Facilities that cultivate an atmosphere of teamwork are bound to offer better care to their residents. Invite nurses, gardeners, and kitchen staff, and engage them in the festivities to boost the fun and laughter. Ask residents to judge the games!
Ask 8 willing staff members to participate in a “Hug-a-Balloon Relay” race:
Ask two staff members to race each other in a “Backwards Race”.
Amuse your residents by lining up two groups of staff to play a Tug of War.
Have a couple of staff members participate in an 'Egg Race'. The game is simply running or walking fast, carrying a boiled egg on a spoon to a specified location. Only one hand is allowed to hold the spoon. Whoever finishes the race first with the egg still on the spoon is the winner.
Find some willing staff to have this race, it is quite hilarious. Blow up a balloon to a size slightly smaller than a soccer ball. Place it between the knees and try to walk or run to a specified location.
Make sure competition is not the focus of games; participation and fun should be the main feature.
Here are some wonderful Olympic Games activity ideas shared on the Golden Carers Facebook Group - Join here.
Olive crowns made from olive tree leaves were awarded to winners when the Olympics first began in 776 BC! Make some Olympic paper crowns (unless you have access to olive trees!) to offer the audience.
Full instructions here: Olympic Crowns Craft Activity
There are several ways to make the rings:
Related Activity: Paper Olympic Rings
Great for cheering and exercise gross motor skills. They are inexpensive and fun to make.
Full instructions here: Olympic Ribbon Wands
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Here are some events that used to form part of the Olympic Games
This is best played outdoors, but if this is not possible, the ball inside sock should be a smaller, soft and rubber ball.
Put an ad in your monthly newsletter enquiring whether anyone has an antique doll or clown to be borrowed for an Olympic Games activity.
Amuse your residents by involving the staff in some fun games to celebrate the Olympic Games!
This is a fun game to make in a craft session and loads of fun to play. The hoops can be home-made e.g. paper plates with the middle cut out; thin water hose joined with masking tape; or embroidery hoops.
This is a simple game that can be made of empty tins or empty plastic containers. The tins or containers can be decorated in a craft session.
Russia hosts the 2014 XXII Winter Olympics which starts in Sochi, a city in southern Russia from February 7 - 23.
Make Homemade Snow quickly and easily! Great for winter events like the Winter Olympics.
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This is a game to use for the winter Olympics.
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I am running a complete Winter Olympic Games Morning, we will be decorating the room in Winter theme (snow man and all).
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Here is a list of songs I have started to compile for the Olympics....feel free to add more for me.
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Make Olympic Rings in a craft session to decorate your facility for the Olympic Games.
Great for cheering and a good gross motor skills exercise. They are inexpensive and fun to make.
Olive crowns made from olive tree leaves were awarded to winners when the Olympics first began back in 776 BC! Make some Olympic paper crowns (unless you have access to olive trees!) to offer the audience.
This recipe is so simple and so delicious! Pão de Queijo is a popular savoury Brazilian snack and breakfast food.
25 questions about the history of the Olympic Games. A fun trivia and reminiscing activity for seniors.
Wow! Some fascinating Olympics trivia you may not have come across before! A fun activity for seniors.
Gentle exercise for the arms as well as an opportunity to socialize! Great for game for the elderly. Also suitable for people living with dementia.
This is an activity that is fun to make with a small group of keen participants. The game can be played with those who are no longer able to do craft.
This has always been a very popular game at all the facilities where I have worked. If you don't have a sewing machine ask a volunteer or one of your clients' relatives to do it for you.
This game has been adapted to indoors to suit people with a limited range of movements.
Improve movement and promote well-being with this easy and fun competition!
Reminisce about familiar skills and have fun with this potato peeling competition!
Try table tennis with no bats and coloured plastic balls for those with eye sight problems.
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Ideal for men, this activity will foster friendship and bring much laughter. It would be helpful if you could find a male volunteer to sit with participants and remind them of different ways to make paper airplanes.
Here is a Sporting Terms Quiz representing 25 of the sporting events at the Olympic Games. This quiz can be used as a competition and given out to individuals, or, as a group game by writing up the sporting terms column on a white board and having the residents call out the related sports.
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