1.20.2014

Preschool Prep Week 21: Winter Olympics

With the Winter Olympics starting February 7th I thought it would be fun to have an Olympic review. We did an Olympic theme a few years ago for the Summer Olympics. So why not a winter theme week?

 Learn about Sochi-

Math: Make a chart of the medals won during the games. Keep track of the amount of medals the USA wins in Gold, Silver and Bronze. 

Science: Make your own Snow! Over at Growing a Jeweled Rose the author teaches how to make snow for a sensory table.

To make your own Snow:

Add the desired amount of baking soda to a sensory bin or container.  Then, slowly mix in shaving cream.  I used one large box of baking soda and almost a full can of shaving foam.  As you slowly mix in the shaving cream you will discover a fantastic mold-able snow.  The snow is super soft, silky smooth, and smells so clean and fresh.  It is also naturally cold.  I am not sure why exactly but it is!  It feels just like fresh fallen powder in your hands.


Ice Sports

Bobsled (Two-man, Two woman and Four-man)
Luge
Skeleton
Ice Hockey
Figure Skating (Men's singles, Ladies' singles, Pairs, Team and Ice Dancing)
Speed Skating
Short Track Speed Skating (500m, 1,000m, 1,500 m and Relays)
Curling

winter olympics snowboardingAlpine, Skiing and Snowboarding Events

Alpine Skiing (Downhill, Super G, Giant slalom, Slalom, Super Combined)
Freestyle Skiing (Aerials, Moguls, Ski Cross, Ski halfpipe and Ski slopestyle)
Snowboarding (Parallel Giant Slalom, Halfpipe and Snowboard Cross and Slopestyle)
Nordic Events

Biathlon (combining cross-country skiing and target shooting: individual, sprint, pursuit, mass start & relay events)
Cross-Country Skiing (individual and team sprint, freestyle, pursuit, classical and relays)
Ski Jumping
Nordic Combined (ski jumping and cross country skiing)

Play Activity:

Rip pieces of wax paper and simply put them under feet. I think it's easier to do with bare feet. Slide around on carpet like figure skaters or (carefully) have a speed skating race in a circle. We just tried it, it's so fun!

Craft: 
Paint, color, draw on empty boxes to create your own bobsled. Then they can sit in their boxes to watch the events. 

snack: These looked kind of fun to make, and relatively easy. Why does it seem like every culture has some form of a fried pastry. Um probably because it's pretty much amazing-enter the funnel cake. Here's the Russian version: Hvorost! 
Go Here for directions. The author give a step-by-step tutorial on how to make them with pictures included!

Books:
 

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

We love doing olympic themed parties and lessons!! The books are a great suggestion. The Dream Big, Pig, is a wonderful series.