Materials are divided by topics with a suggested population indicated with “I/A” for intergenerational groups or any age group; “P” for preschoolers; and “S” for senior living settings.
With the 2014 Winter Olympics around the corner, let’s plan some Olympic Fun for February!
Whether you focus on the Olympics for an hour, a day, a week or a month, there are many learning, moving and sharing opportunities that can be added and to other Winter Olympic ideas including these: P (and books for P), S, I/A.
S: Lyrics are available allowing you to discuss how translations differ, ideals shared, etc. . Ask who has heard this melody when watching the opening ceremonies.
I/A: Bring on some movement activities (parachuting, marching, exercising to the beat) of some of these selections:
- “Bugler’s Dream” by Leo Aruand: This classic fanfare has been tied to the Olympics since 1968.
- John Williams’ compositions with ties include: “Olympic Spirit“, “Summon the Heroes“, and “Olympic Fanfare“. Try moving to these.
- “Reach” by Diane Warren and Gloria Estefan. Try this one with a parachute or stretchy band. Each time you hear the word “reach” lift the parachute or stretchy band.
I/A: Here are some selections for singing that have ties:
- One Moment in Time – From the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, Korea. Try singing all or portions of this song.
- “The Power of the Dream” performed Céline Dion – Try learning the chorus.
In this section you will find a song title and then ideas for various populations.
- Skater’s Waltz – P: Use paper plates or wax paper and skate around. S: Waltz or move to the music.
- Ski Bum by Darin Talbot (for S as lyrics talk about drinking). Use rhythm sticks moving the sticks like poles, skis along with tapping.
- Heaven’s Pie by Darin Talbot – I/A: Have a snowball fight with cotton balls or foam peanuts on the verses. On the chorus, turn right and left when the words are used act like you are skiing remainder of the chorus. Children will enjoy spinning round when that is mentioned.
Write song lyrics to “You Gotta Be a Football Hero” (S) or “I Wish I were an Oscar Meyer Weiner” (I/A) for the various events (ice hockey, figure skating, sledding, curling, ski jumping, snowboarding, luge, etc.).
Here are starter examples:
(To: “Football Hero”)
You gotta be an ice hockey player to get to shoot and pass the puck. Lace your skates on real tight. Put on your helmet before taking to the ice. The fact that you are in the ice rink with your team mates ready to play. You gotta be an ice hockey player to get to shoot and pass the puck.
(To: “Oscar Meyer Weiner”)
Oh, I wish I were a ski jumper. That is what I truly like to be. Cause if I were a ski jumper I’d be flying far through the air.
National Anthems Around the World
There are many resources for national anthems.One NationalAnthems.info . On this site, you will find recordings and sheet music for many countries. History about the anthem is also available.
- I/A: Sing your national anthem.
- S: Trivia games including “Jeopardy” or “Name that Tune”
- I/A: Have a matching game. List 4 or 5 countries. Have images printed of the flags for these countries and recordings of the national anthems. Have teams try to match the flag then indicate which song (1-4) they think goes with the country.