This month is all about the Winter Games, so we thought this would be a great opportunity for families to use the athletic occasion to teach and inspire lifelong skills and lessons with their kids.
With the Winter Games in motion and young athletes from across the country and world coming together, there is no doubt the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games have become the biggest viewing occasion for families this season. It’s a great opportunity for everyone to tune in to watch their sports idols go for gold, and that also means its the perfect occasion for parents to sit down and chat with their kids about the core values and lifelong skills that athletics can foster, especially sportsmanship.
Common Sense Media provided a great list of key lessons you can teach your kids while watching the games. They also compiled a guide to watching the winter events as a family in hopes of bringing everyone together from some fun viewing and bonding time.
For parents looking for an extra fun approach to discuss these lessons (even after the closing ceremonies!) consider using the list of titles below from Netflix. TV shows and movies can be great teaching moments and can help extend conversation around important topics like team building, commitment, dedication, persistence and much more. Netflix offers an array of titles that help teach those key Olympic lessons all year long.
For Your Big Kids
For Your Little Kids
ACTIVITIES FOR THE FAMILY
And if you’re looking for ways to extend the dialogue beyond the screen, check out some winning craft and recipe ideas for the Winter games to do alongside your family, as well:
- Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals: Award the winners of your own backyard competitions with these easy to make, oven-baked clay medals that can be used again and again. Click here to learn how to make your own.
- Sports Cakes: To make this month’s conversation a little sweeter, whip up a few of these sports-themed mini cakes made with whole wheat, mashed bananas, and fresh orange juice. Click here to learn how to make your own.