Every Olympic games needs to start with an Opening Ceremony and Torch Relay. We had all of the kids create their own flags and torches.
After our Opening Ceremony we "let the games begin" and had different events at each neighbor's house. Event's included:
Racing - for the racing events one of the older neighbor boys created a track in his backyard and organized different heats based on age. Another racing event we did at another neighbor's house was good old fashioned sack racing.
To tie in gymnastics one neighbor created an obstacle course that included balancing, jumping on the trampoline, and sliding down a slide to stick the landing.
No Olympic games are complete without swimming being represented. For swimming we had a water balloon toss.
Unlike the real Olympics, everyone at these games wins a metal.
The metal was made using card stock that was cut into circles with a hole punched at the top to run ribbon through and the Olympic rings were drawn on using blue, green, red, black and yellow markers.
I think the kids and the adults had an equally good time. This was an inexpensive day long activity that really introduced the Olympics to the little ones. In the words of Princess B, "this was the bestest day ever"