So yesterday after I completed my own record-setting endurance event (a 2-hour nap with Baby H!), the twins and I had a little bit of Olympic fun. It almost turned into a reenactment of the first Greek Olympics (in the nude!), but I managed to keep the girls dressed long enough to take some pictures.
Our first event was the long jump:
We followed this with the high jump. We've jumped over the broom before, but this time we added some number concepts to the game by increasing the height by one Duplo block at a time. The girls counted the blocks and made sure we had the same number on each side. Then we sang a variation of Barney the Dinosaur's "Number Limbo" song (substituting "limbo" with "high jump", "under" with "over", etc..).
Next it was time for some track & field running events. The girls took turns running around the living room, while the other one operated the timer:
We practiced hitting the correct buttons for Stop and Go, read the numbers on the display, and counted the laps. I was most impressed by how the twins took turns very nicely with the highly-coveted stopwatch.
The shotput (beanbag) throw provided more number practice:
The girls read the digits with ease (the only ones they mix up are 6 and 9), and were able to tell me which numbers were greater.
The most creative event I came up with was Weight Lifting. I put out 24 blocks and asked the girls to put 12 in each pail. Then we weighed them to see if they were the same:
After getting both sides to weigh the same, I taped the buckets to the broomstick and the girls did some weight lifting:
Our Olympic afternoon ended with some rythmic gymnastics:
UPDATE: I was so inspired by how much my kids enjoyed early learning games that I created the La La Logic Critical Thinking Curriculum for 3-6 year olds, which includes online brain challenge games, printable worksheets, enrichment activities and more!