Olympics Lesson Plan

Theme: Olympics

Day: 1

Module Activity
Circle Time Olympic Games
Letters & Numbers O
Worship Time Isaiah 40:29-31
Art & Science Olympic rings

Circle Time

Review – Start your preschool day with Circle Time and sing the “I Can Sit Down” song (Improvise your tune)

                                                I can sit down as quite as can be.
                                                I can sit down just to look at me.
                                                I can sit down as quite as can be.
                                                I can sit down just to look at me.
                                            

Then sing the “Hi There” song. (Improvise your tune)

                                                Hi there, so glad you came.
                                                Hi there, so glad you came.
                                                Hi there, so glad you came.
                                                One two three let’s shout HOORAY.
                                                Hi there, so glad you’re here.
                                                Hi there, so glad you’re here.
                                                Hi there, so glad you’re here.
                                                One two three let’s give a cheer. Yay 
                                            

Next do your Special Help activity.

Look at the calendar and sing the “Days of the Week” song. (Tune of the “Adams Family”)

                                                Well there’s Sunday and there’s Monday,
                                                there’s Tuesday and there’s Wednesday,
                                                there’s Thursday and there’s Friday and then there’s Saturday.
                                                Days of the week. (Clap hands 2 times).
                                                Days of the week. (Clap hands 2 times).
                                                Days of the week. Days of the week. Days of the week. (Clap hands 2 times). 
                                            

This is a great time to review the days of the week, months of the year and the number of the day. Then check the weather and compare it to your weather dial.

Discussion: Olympic Games

Explain the Olympics to the children. Every four years the best athletes, men and women who play sports, in the world gather in one location. Then they compete against each other to see who is the best at each sport. These “Olympians” get together to not only play, but also celebrate friendship, peace and harmony. This gathering, known as the Olympic Games. It is the most celebrated sporting festival in the world. The games take place in a different country each time. The first Olympic games originated in Greece, a beautiful country in Europe - show this on a map or globe.

There are Summer and Winter Olympic games. This year is a Winter Olympics and in two years will be a Summer Olympics, then in two years another Winter Olympics. There are different sports in the Summer and Winter. You can show the children photos of some of the different sports that take place at both the Winter and Summer Olympics.

Each Olympian is from a country and even though each athlete plays different sports than other people in the same country, they are all considered a team. Some of the teams are: Team Canada, Team USA, and Team China. The Olympians want to see others from their country do well, but they also make friends with Olympian from other countries and are happy for them if they win.

Olympians are the best at their sport from their country. They practice and train at their sport many times a week at least for years to get this good. If you want to do something very well you have to work hard and practice a lot too!

Here is a video I made on how you can do some Olympic events in your classroom or at home!

Skills

  • Language: Listening to the information and looking at the pictures work with children on their language skills. As they are looking and listening to the information and pictures they are recognizing letters and the sounds they make
  • Social: Awareness of other cultures

Materials

    • Listening ears
    • Looking eyes
    • Photos of the Olympic Games

Letters & Numbers

Activity Description - Letters: O

Point out the letter “O” is the first letter of the word “Olympics.” Now with this interactive Letter “O” Activities with Food video learn about the letter O with Miss Cullen and Gator (if you have never done an Letter with Food Activity with Cullen and Gator be sure to watch the prep video) First, Miss Cullen and Gator are going to show the upper and lower case letter O. Then review the sound of the O. Next look at three types of food that start with the letter O: onion, Oreo and olive. If you have these items at home you can try them with Miss Cullen and discuss what it feels like, tastes like, sounds like and smells like.

Remember, when trying the different foods, it has to go in your mouth but it doesn’t have to stay there. But it is always good to try something new.

Skills

  • Language: During this time children are working on sharpening their language skills by recognizing a letter and the sound that the letter makes. They are working on their language skills when talking about their senses when tasting, feeling, touching and smelling the
  • Physical: Children will work on their physical skills when using their grasping fingers to touch and pick up the food

Materials

    • Three types of food that start with the letter O:
    • Miss Cullen uses onions, Oreos and olives but feel free to use other food items that start with the letter O.
    • Other food ideas include oats, oranges, octopus and oysters

Worship Time

Activity Description: Isaiah 40:29-31

I have a few verses that we are going to focus on this week that I think go along with our Olympic theme perfectly. As you are reading these verses have the children repeat them as you say them, and do the sign language along with them. Then answer the questions, talk about what the verses mean in terms of the Olympics, and say the prayer below.

God gives strength to those who are tired (sign the word for strength)
And gives power to those who are weak (sign the word for weak)
Even boys and girls can get tired
And can lose their focus and fall (sign the word for fall)
But those who believe in the LORD (sign the word for Lord)
Will gain strength and get stronger (sign the word for strength)
They will fly in the sky like eagles (sign for eagle)
They will run and not grow tired
They will always be strong. (sign the word for strong)

Following are some questions that you can ask your children about these verses.

  • What do you think these verses are about? (When we are tired God will help us and give us strength to get through anything. Whether we are skiing down a mountain, running a race or doing work at school, He will be there with us)
  • Who will God help? (Everyone that asks for it. Everyone gets tired)
  • Show a picture of an eagle with it’s wings open

What kind of animal it this? (It’s a bird)
Is it a strong bird? (Yes)
Look at it’s wings, do you think it could carry it’s babies? (Yes)
God is like an eagle. He is strong and he will carry us when we feel tired and weak.

  • By believing in God will you be weak or strong? (Strong because He is alway there for you.)

You can talk about what he verses mean in terms of the Olympics.

  • When an Olympic skier gets tired going fast down a long run or a runner in a long race who can give them strength? (God)
  • Can Olympians lose their focus and fall? (Yes)
  • Who can Olympians believe in to get their focus and strength back? (The Lord God Jesus)
  • Will an Olympian always win an event or race because they believe in God? (No, but they will have strength to be happy about a chance to compete, have fun, and share with others that they believe in God and He makes them strong.)

Prayer:

Dear God (Children repeat)
Thank you for this day (Children repeat)
Thank you for being strong (Children repeat)
Like an eagle (Children repeat)
Thank you for helping me (Children repeat)
And giving me strength (Children repeat)
I love you so much (Children repeat)
Amen (Children repeat)

 

Skills

  • Language: Listening to the Bible verse and answering the questions works with children on their language skills.
  • Cognitive: As children continue to pray they are building their relationship with God and learning to trust Him
  • Social: When children are answering the questions they are working on speaking in public which is a great social skill

Materials

    • Good listening ears
    • Good looking eyes

Art & Science

Activity Description - Art: Olympic rings

Follow these instructions or watch this video to learn how to make you very own Olympic rings! The Olympic flag has a white background, with five interlaced rings in the center: blue, yellow, black, green and red. This design is symbolic as it represents the five inhabited continents of the world, united by Olympism, while the six colors are those that appear on all the national flags of the world at the present time.

To make the rings give the children 5 paper plates and have them cut out the inside circle of each plate. You may want to do this if he or she is not ready to use scissors yet. You will not use the inside rings that are cut out. You can throw them away or store them for a future project. Once they have all 5 rings cut out they can color each ring or glue colored tissue paper onto each ring. Once they are done coloring or gluing help them interlock the rings by making a slit into each ring to have it connect to another ring.  Once they are all connected lay them down on a table and tape all of the openings so the rings won’t fall apart.

 

Skills

  • Math & Counting: Children will work on color recognition with the rings being colored
  • Physical: When your children are cutting out their paper plate and using their fingers to to hold and cut with the scissors and they are strengthening the muscles in their hands

Materials

    • Paper plates (cheap, flimsy kind)
    • Scissors
    • Crayons, Markers or Tissue Paper (Blue, Yellow, Black, Green, and Red)
    • Glue (if you are using tissue paper)
    • Tape

Theme: Olympics

Day: 2

Module Activity
Circle Time Olympic Torch
Letters & Numbers Y
Worship Time Make your countries flag or the Olympic Flag
Art & Science Olympic torch

Circle Time

Review – Start your preschool day with Circle Time and sing the “I Can Sit Down” song (Improvise your tune)

                                                I can sit down as quite as can be.
                                                I can sit down just to look at me.
                                                I can sit down as quite as can be.
                                                I can sit down just to look at me.
                                            

Then sing the “Hi There” song. (Improvise your tune)

                                                Hi there, so glad you came.
                                                Hi there, so glad you came.
                                                Hi there, so glad you came.
                                                One two three let’s shout HOORAY.
                                                Hi there, so glad you’re here.
                                                Hi there, so glad you’re here.
                                                Hi there, so glad you’re here.
                                                One two three let’s give a cheer. Yay 
                                            

Next do your Special Help activity.

Look at the calendar and sing the “Days of the Week” song. (Tune of the “Adams Family”)

                                                Well there’s Sunday and there’s Monday,
                                                there’s Tuesday and there’s Wednesday,
                                                there’s Thursday and there’s Friday and then there’s Saturday.
                                                Days of the week. (Clap hands 2 times).
                                                Days of the week. (Clap hands 2 times).
                                                Days of the week. Days of the week. Days of the week. (Clap hands 2 times). 
                                            

This is a great time to review the days of the week, months of the year and the number of the day. Then check the weather and compare it to your weather dial.

Discussion: Olympic Torch

Talk about how the Olympic flame is a symbol of the Olympic Games. The Olympic flame represents the positive values that Man has always associated with fire. We use fire to keep warm, for baking and cooking, and even light. Before the Olympics start a torch is ignited several months before the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games at the site of the ancient Olympics in Olympia, Greece. The flame is carried by relay, one person carries it a distance and then hands if off to another person, all the way to the opening ceremonies of the Olympics. Although it is usually carried by runners on foot, other kinds of transport are also used.

The highlight of the opening ceremony of the Olympics is the entrance of the flame into the stadium. The identity of the final torchbearer is kept secret until the last moment. It is often a person from the sports world or a young person symbolising hope for the future. The final torchbearer often does a lap of the stadium before lighting a huge cauldron or torch with the Olympic flame. Once the big torch or cauldron is lit a bunch of doves are released to offer the idea of peace in which the Olympic Games should take place. The flame remains lit for the duration of the Games and is only put out at the closing ceremony.

Go to Google images and show the children photos of the Olympic torch relay and the huge cauldron/torch.

 

Skills

  • Language: Listening to the information and looking at the pictures work with children on their language skills. As they are looking and listening to the information and pictures they are recognizing letters and the sounds they make
  • Physical: Learning new information
  • Social: Awareness of other cultures

Materials

    • Looking eyes
    • Listening ears
    • Photos of the Olympic torch

Letters & Numbers

Activity Description - Letters: Y

Point out the letter “y” is a letter in the word “Olympics.” Now with this interactive Letter “Y” Activities with Food video learn about the letter O with Miss Cullen and Gator (if you have never done an Activity with Food video with Cullen and Gator be sure to watch the prep video). First, Miss Cullen and Gator are going to show the upper and lower case letter Y. Then review the sound of the Y. Next look at three types of food that start with the letter Y: yogurt, yogurt covered pretzel, and egg yolk. If you have these items at home you can try them with Miss Cullen and discuss what it feels like, tastes like, sounds like and smells like.

Remember, when trying the different foods, it has to go in your mouth but it doesn’t have to stay there. But it is always good to try something new.

Skills

  • Language: During this time children are working on sharpening their language skills by recognizing a letter and the sound that the letter makes. They are working on their language skills when talking about their senses when tasting, feeling, touching and smelling
  • Physical: Children will work on their physical skills when using their grasping fingers to touch and pick up the food
  • Social: Taking turns
  • Sharing

Materials

    • Three types of food that start with the letter Y.
    • Miss Cullen uses yogurt, yogurt covered pretzel, and egg yolk, but feel free to use other food items that start with the letter Y.
    • Other food ideas include yams, yellow squash, and Yakitori.

Worship Time

Activity Description: Make your countries flag or the Olympic Flag

Since God made the countries and everything in the world I thought it would be fun to focus on the country that you live in or were born in. You can make the flag of the country that you live in or you could make the Olympic flag. You could also choose to make both flags or just one. Since I live in the United States of America I am going to make the American Flag. You can watch this Flag Art idea video to get some ideas on how to make a flag.

This is a great time to talk about what God made while your child is working on their flag.

If you would like to make the Olympic flag you can use this pattern to help with that. Children can color the rings and then tape a stick or popsicle sticks together to make the pole. When they have finished making the pole they can tape the flag to it.

Skills

  • Math & Counting: Children can count the number of rings on the flag
  • Color recognition with the color of crayons they are coloring with and the different colors of construction paper for the colors of the flag
  • Patterning with the stripes on the American flag
  • Language: Listening to the directions on how to make their flag(s)
  • Physical: Learning new information
  • Fine motor skills and strengthening the muscles in their hands when coloring
  • or using scissors
  • Social: Awareness of other countries

Materials

    • Depending on what flag you will be making determines what colors of construction paper you will need
    • Crayons
    • Scissors
    • Glue
    • Star stickers
    • Pattern

Art & Science

Activity Description - Art: Olympic torch

Follow these instructions or watch this video to learn how to make you very own Olympic torch! Provide the children with a toilet paper tube or you can make a torch base by using a piece of colored construction paper.  If you use construction paper simply roll it into a tube shape and secure it with a piece of tape. Next, give the child a paper plate and help him or her cut a hole in the middle of it for the torch to go through. To make sure you make your hole the right size, take your torch base (tube), place it in the middle of the plate and trace around it. Then, take your scissors and cut out the small circle. If your or your child cut through the side of the plate to get to the circle in the middle simply take some tape and secure it back together. Now it is time to attach the torch base to the paper plate. Slide the torch through the hole so about a quarter of an inch is poking through the top. Use some tape to secure it. Lastly, we will make some “flames”! You can use construction paper (red, orange and/or yellow), tissue paper or even colored feathers! Attach whatever item you decide down inside the top of the torch using some tape and have it coming out of the top so it looks like a flame!

 

Skills

  • Math & Counting: Color recognition with the colors of flames for their torch
  • Language: Listening to the directions on how to make their torch
  • Physical: Learning new information
  • Fine motor skills and strengthening the muscles in their hands when rolling up the paper for the flame and tearing and pressing down the tape

Materials

    • Toilet paper tube or Construction paper for the base (yellow or brown)
    • Crayons, markers or colored tissue paper if you are using a toilet paper tube and they want to change the color of the base
    • Tape
    • Paper plate (cheap, flimsy kind)
    • Scissors
    • Construction paper for the flame (Red, Yellow and/or Orange)
    • Feathers for the flame (Red, Yellow and/or Orange)
    • Tissue paper for the flame (Red, Yellow and/or Orange)

Theme: Olympics

Day: 3

Module Activity
Circle Time Medals
Letters & Numbers Counting Medals
Worship Time Bible Memory Verse Coloring Page
Art & Science Olympic Medal Art

Circle Time

Review – Start your preschool day with Circle Time and sing the “I Can Sit Down” song (Improvise your tune)

                                                I can sit down as quite as can be.
                                                I can sit down just to look at me.
                                                I can sit down as quite as can be.
                                                I can sit down just to look at me.
                                            

Then sing the “Hi There” song. (Improvise your tune)

                                                Hi there, so glad you came.
                                                Hi there, so glad you came.
                                                Hi there, so glad you came.
                                                One two three let’s shout HOORAY.
                                                Hi there, so glad you’re here.
                                                Hi there, so glad you’re here.
                                                Hi there, so glad you’re here.
                                                One two three let’s give a cheer. Yay 
                                            

Next do your Special Help activity.

Look at the calendar and sing the “Days of the Week” song. (Tune of the “Adams Family”)

                                                Well there’s Sunday and there’s Monday,
                                                there’s Tuesday and there’s Wednesday,
                                                there’s Thursday and there’s Friday and then there’s Saturday.
                                                Days of the week. (Clap hands 2 times).
                                                Days of the week. (Clap hands 2 times).
                                                Days of the week. Days of the week. Days of the week. (Clap hands 2 times). 
                                            

This is a great time to review the days of the week, months of the year and the number of the day. Then check the weather and compare it to your weather dial.

Discussion: Medals

Olympians get a medal for doing the best in an event or competition. These can be running, swimming, shot put, skiing, ice skating, and all the other sports in the Olympics. You can show the children photos of some of the different sports that take place at both the Winter and Summer Olympics. There are rules and judges and awards for the top three places. Ask the children if they know what the three different medals are that are awarded to the top three competitors in an event. Inform the children that gold is given to the winner, the runner-up receives the silver medal and third place gets the bronze medal. The top three Olympians get to stand on top of a big box called a podium, and the metals are placed around their neck like a big necklace. Anyone who gets a metals is super happy and proud! Show a picture of Olympians on the podium with big smiles.

For each Olympic games the host country makes their own special gold, silver and bronze metals. Show a picture of  gold, silver, and bronze medals from different Olympics. The winners get to take these home and keep them forever.

Let your children know that Olympic athletes work very hard and practice a lot to just earn the chance to compete in the Olympics for their country. Not everyone wins a medal, only the best in that sport. Tell the children if they want to do something very well they have to work hard and practice a lot too. This can be in sports, music, art, school, or anything they do!

Skills

  • Language: Listening to the information and looking at the pictures work with children on their language skills. As they are looking and listening to the information and pictures they are recognizing letters and the sounds they make
  • Physical: Learning new information about the Olympics and the medals
  • Social: Awareness of other cultures

Materials

    • Listening ears
    • Pictures of medals

Letters & Numbers

Activity Description - Numbers: Counting Medals

Today we are going to count medals that we are going to make out of construction  paper. You can use this circle pattern to cut the medals out of. Cut multiple circles out of white construction paper. The children can cut out some of the circles depending on their skill level for cutting, they can cut out some and you can cut out some. Have the children color them gold, silver and bronze. After the children have colored the circles collect them and hide them. Have the children close their eyes and hide the circles around the room. After the circles are hide (don’t hide them so they can’t find them, leave parts of the circle showing) tell them they can go and find them throughout the room. Once the children have found all the circles have the children count how many they found. Then have them count how many they found of each color.

Skills

  • Math & Counting: Children are working on recognizing different colors when they are coloring the medals
  • Counting the circles they find
  • Physical: Walking around the room to find the circles (medals)
  • Hand-eye coordination with finding and picking up the medals
  • Social: Talk to other children about the circles they find

Materials

    • Multiple cardboard circles
    • Crayons (Silver and Gold)
    • Scissors

Worship Time

Activity Description: Bible Memory Verse Coloring Page

Print out the Bible memory verse coloring page and have your children color the picture. While they are coloring the picture you can talk about the Bible verses from Day 1 and what they see in the picture. After they are done coloring it they can hang it up and when they pass by the page they can work on memorizing the Bible verse on the page.

Here are the verses in case you are interested: Isaiah 40:29-31

God gives strength to those who are tired (sign the word for strength)
And gives power to those who are weak (sign the word for weak)
Even boys and girls can get tired
And can lose their focus and fall (sign the word for fall)
But those who believe in the LORD (sign the word for Lord)
Will gain strength and get stronger (sign the word for strength)
They will fly in the sky like eagles (sign for eagle)
They will run and not grow tired
They will always be strong. (sign the word for strong)

Skills

  • Language: Listening to the story works with children on their language skills.
  • Physical: Fine motor skills that strengthen the muscles in their hands when using their grasping fingers to hold the crayons to color with
  • Cognitive: As children continue to pray they are building their relationship with God and learning to trust Him. Working on memorizing the Bible verse works on memorization skills

Materials

    • Crayons or markers to color with
    • Bible Memory Verse Coloring Page

Art & Science

Activity Description - Art: Olympic Medal Art

Follow these instructions or watch this video to learn how to make you very own Olympic medal! On a piece of construction paper trace a lid (a mayonnaise jar is great!) to make a circle on the piece of paper. Then, depending on your child’s skills have your child cut out the circle (or you can cut out the circle for them). The circle is going to be your child’s medal. Once the medal is cut out have your child decorate the medal with crayons.  After he or she is finished decorating the medal, punch two holes towards the top of the medal about 2 inches apart. Next, we are going to make the necklace! Select a piece of yarn long enough to put over the child’s head. On one end of the yarn or ribbon tie a knot. On the other end of the yarn have your child wrap a piece of scotch tape so the end does not fray.  Now have your child add beads or you can even cut a straw into small pieces for them to add to their their necklace. Once they fill it up the yarn about halfway add the medal by looping the yarn through the two holes you punched out. Continue decorating the other half of the yarn with beads and or pieces of a straw. When it is full tie the strings together and place the medal on over your child’s neck! Make sure you tell them they are #1 in your book! ;)

 

Skills

  • Math & Counting: Children are working on counting and color recognition with the color or crayons and beads they use
  • Physical: Fine motor skills that strengthen the muscles in their hands when using their grasping fingers to string the beads onto the yarn
  • Children are working on their hand-eye coordination when putting the beads onto the yarn

Materials

    • Construction paper
    • Lid (to trace)
    • Scissors
    • Yarn
    • Crayons
    • Tape
    • Beads
    • Straws
    • Hole puncher