Photograph by JUNG YEON-JE, AFP, GETTY IMAGES
Photograph by JUNG YEON-JE, AFP, GETTY IMAGES

Make the Winter Olympics a Family Activity

The 2018 Winter Olympics are being held this month in South Korea. But even if you don’t have sports fans in your family, the team can still find ways to enjoy the event together. Check out these ideas from Nat Geo Family.

 

SEE THE WORLD

About 90 countries are sending teams to compete in the Olympic Games. As you watch, encourage kids to learn fun facts about each place. Get started with these Weird But True facts about countries.
Got More Time? See how fast everyone can locate all the countries they see on television with this interactive map. They can also click on the country’s flag to get more information.

MEET WILD ATHLETES

Can ski jumpers leap like rabbits? Do speed skaters zoom like racing pigs? Check out these photos of animal athletes, and let kids’ imaginations go wild as they compare and contrast with humans. Then see who the real sports phenoms are with these animal records.
Got More Time? Is there only so much curling that your kids can take? Download this free fun pack, filled with sports-themed games, quizzes, and more.

BRING ON THE SNOW

Can’t get enough of that fluffy snow at the Winter Olympics? Make your own! This science experiment from the book Try This! Extreme teaches kids about water vapor and crystallization as they watch snow grow. It only takes an hour—much longer, of course, if you want enough to ski on!
Got More Time? After watching athletes exercise, exercise your family’s brain! Play along with this Real or Fake? episode, which includes a question about ancient Greeks. (You know, the dudes who held the first Olympics.)