Summer Olympics

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Begin your event with a potluck barbecue. Have someone run in
with a torch to light the grill! After eating, let the games begin.
Then, with great pomp and circumstance, give ribbons to everyone at
the end of the day.

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Water Games

Water Balloon Relays

  • Balance balloons on tennis rackets, and race to a turn-around
    line and back.
  • Have each team member race with a water balloon between his or
    her knees.
  • Form pairs. Place a water balloon between partners’ waists, and
    challenge them to make their way to a line and back without
    breaking their balloon.

Squirt Bottle Games

Use empty dish detergent bottles for these games:

  • Squirt and Fill — Form two teams. Each team
    stands in a semi-circle and chooses one person to be “It.” It holds
    a small plastic bowl. Everyone else gets a squirt bottle filled
    with water. On “go,” each team squirts water into its bowl. The
    team with the fullest bowl wins.
  • Soak Down — Each team uses shaving cream to
    make a “hat” on one of their teammates. Players stand around this
    person and wash away the foam with their squirt bottles. The team
    with the first clean player wins.

Team Games

  • Wacky Volleyball — Use a regular volleyball
    net or tie a rope across an open area. Swish a trash bag in the air
    to fill it with air, then close it quickly and tie it with a
    twist-tie. Use the bag as a volleyball until it deflates, then
    refill.
  • Centipede Obstacle Course — Teams line up,
    and players place their hands on the waist of the person in front
    of them. The centipede maneuvers through these obstacles: walk
    along a 2×4 beam, stomp on balloon “ants,” step over a low fence,
    and duck under a limbo rod.

–Mary Davis
Montrose, Iowa

Decathlon For Fun

Add these 10 wacky olympic events to your Summer Olympics:

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Throwing Contests

Measure the distance that contestants throw:

  • Colored or labeled pingpong balls-two throws per person.
  • Straws — two throws per person.
  • Paper plates — two throws per person.

Sprints

  • Give each contestant a 2-foot piece of red licorice. Have
    contestants bend at the waist and race to get all the licorice into
    their mouths without using their hands.
  • Contestants race 10 yards and put four saltine crackers in
    their mouths. The first to chew and whistle wins.
  • Contestants race 10 yards, pick up a squirt gun, and extinguish
    a candle placed on a table 5 feet away.
  • Contestants race under tables and back.

Relays

  • Team members place their shoes in a pile. Then one at a time
    each teammate races to the shoes, puts his or her shoes on, and
    returns to the team.
  • Each team has an empty 16-ounce bottle, a large sponge, and a
    bucket of water. Each player races 10 yards to the bottle and
    squeezes water from the sponge into the bottle.

Players return to the line and repeat until their team’s bottle
is filled.

  • Each teammate races 10 yards to a piece of bubble gum, blows a
    bubble large enough to cover his or her nose when it breaks, and
    returns to the line.

– Dan Haertl
Minneapolis, Minnesota


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