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As we watch the Olympics we see that behind many of the Olympians are dedicated moms and dads. We see the sacrifices and support these parents have given their kids from the start. While Olympians and their parents definitely have sacrificed and gone the extra mile, we know that many of you as moms and dads have made daily sacrifices for your kids that you just do because you are mom or dad. And your children have Olympic moments – you know those moments of gold when a brother looks out for his sister or when a big sister shares her favorite doll with her little sister or your child overcame some odds…
Stop for a second and think about your child’s “Olympic moment”. That moment when your child’s actions were worth more than gold & you were able to embrace it and celebrate it. Share it with us & celebrate your Olympic Mom Moment!
We have our gold medal winner from Kolcraft’s Olympic Craft event! This little Olympian sent us photos of each part of her craft: torch, laurel wreath and star medal. We love her creativity and thoroughness! She will be receiving an Olympic goodie box for all her creative efforts.
Thanks to everyone who submitted crafts in our contest. We had lots of fun looking at them. Congrats to all our winners!
We have another medal winner of the Kolcraft Olympic Craft event! We were impressed by Marcella Cook’s Olympic Rings craft because it looked like a great activity to involve the kids and share some Olympic flair. Thank you Marcella for sharing the steps for our other Kolcraft parents to follow!
What you’ll need
- Blue, black, red, yellow, green and white paper
- Cut the blue, black, red, yellow and green paper into little squares
- Trace five circles on the white paper in the Olympic Ring formation
- Glue the cut paper pieces in the Olympic ring order onto the white paper
Enjoy your newest Olympic decoration!
Marcella will receive an Olympic themed package of shirts, mugs and more!
There is still time to create your Olympic craft and get the opportunity to win Kolcraft’s Olympic Prize package. Enter here.
We have our Bronze medal winner of the Kolcraft Olympic Craft event! We were impressed by Donna Partain’s Olympic Torch craft because it looked so “real” and it was easy to make. Thank you Donna for clear pictures so we could recreate this craft with our kids! This is a fun craft to make and you can use it when you put on your own backyard Olympics.
Congrats to Donna who will be receiving an Olympic themed package of shirts, mugs and more!
There is still time to win the Silver and Gold medals so be sure to submit your craft on Kolcraft’s Facebook page.
Starting July 27, the 2012 summer Olympic Games will begin in London, England. The Olympics are a great time for families to gather together to watch their favorite sport and learn new things about other cultures. The Olympics represent a time for sharing. As athletes share stories about themselves and their families, it is a time for our families to share time together and share pride as a country.
In this spirit we are looking for you to share your Olympic themed craft ideas and win prizes.
What to do:
- Develop an Olympic themed craft
- Create it with your family
- Share it on Kolcraft’s Facebook contest page
Each Friday throughout the month of July, we will feature one of the crafts on our blog, Facebook and Twitter. We hope this contest will allow everyone to gather creative juices so we can share, maybe for the first time, the spirit of the Olympics with our little ones.
The winners featured on Kolcraft’s Baby Matters blog, will receive family prize packages with a USA T-shirt, family games, London themed gifts, and more! Winners will be picked on July 11, 18 and 25th. Enter early for a better chance to win!
Photo credit: Steve Broer / Shutterstock.com
Winter can present a challenge to having fun outdoors. Last week we talked about going for a Winter Walk. This week we want to share with you this gem we found at our friends over at the National Wildlife Federation.
Check out their fun ideas for:
- Playing in the snow beyond sledding. Mini luge anyone?
- Spying on frozen foliage.
- Family Winter Olympics
What fun ideas do you have for getting outdoors with your family?
Did you know that by the time the average child goes to kindergarten, she/he has watched 5,000 hours of TV? That’s a lot of TV – enough time to have earned a college degree! What’s a parent to do? One activity to get your toddler active is to host your own Olympics. You can even use this theme for a playgroup.
- Make a balance beam by taping a line on the floor with masking tape and letting your child do a “routine” on it.
- Put on your child’s favorite music and let her dance away to her own floor routine.
- Put on music and time how long your child can hula hoop.
- Create your own track event by having your child run, then throw a tennis ball for the shot put, a Frisbee for the discus and end by jumping up into your arms for the pole vault.
Tips for your Olympics:
- Have a medal ceremony at the end of the event. You can find medals at a teacher supply store or make your own with ribbon and foil cut into a medal.
- Dress up your child’s favorite stuffed animal as the mascot for the event.
- Have fun!
Daring feats of strength and endurance, extreme talent and strenuous preparation have marked the athletes of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. We all marvel at the likes of Shaun White and Lindsey Vonn – there definitely are no lack of heroes and heroines in the Olympic Village.
Watching the Olympics got us thinking of moms and dads who perform heroic events day in and day out. We are sure you have spent countless nights tending to your little ones when they were sick or just afraid of the night. You have juggled hectic schedules of work, school and activities and somehow still find those few extra minutes to snuggle your child or tell a bedtime story.
Here at Kolcraft we are acknowledging your Olympic feats of parenting. To honor you, we are hosting an Olympic event on Twitter to win a Jeep Travel Anywhere Sport 2 in 1 Booster Seat & Everyday Bag. All you have to do is follow Kolcraft on Twitter and post a tweet on which Olympic athlete most models your parenting style & why. Please use hashtag #kolcraft so we are sure to see your tweet. We already have some great entries so join the fun. You may just win the Olympic prize!
For other great ideas on how to celebrate the Olympics with your children, visit Tech Savvy Mama.