IDEAS & POSSIBILITIES: Household Olympics

August 02, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

As I started to make my coffee, I lifted the top, exposing the basket, opened the cabinet, and reached up to the second shelf to get the coffee. A wave of air catches the single, last filter, shooting it out of the cabinet. It's floating ...down to the coffee filter basket!

 

*The crowd gets quiet*

 

The coffee filter is rocking...one side...to the other... It's floating down! Is it going to hit the target??? (the announcer asks no one in particular)

 

Still going...down toward the basket... It's almost there............

 

Ohhhhh!!!! (*the crowd winces and grabs their head with both hands, hiding their eyes*) It missed the basket at the last minute! What a tough break for Team Coffee Filters!

 

Ok...yes, I've been watching too much Olympics over the last few days.

 

But it made me think of something...what kind of Household Olympics can you and your children come up with?

  • Is it ruler flip long jumps where you put a ruler on the edge of the table and gently "chop" it to see how far it will go and how many times it will spin/flip as it goes through the air??
  • Is it coffee filter targets where you drop a coffee filter from a certain height and see who can drop it directly into the basket?
  • Is it fly swatter badmitten where you ball up some tissues or paper towels, wrap them in masking tape and have badmitten championships?

 

The kids get to have fun and you will as well, knowing that by creating their own Olympics they will be recycling, using critical thinking and problem solving skills, testing out principles of physics, stimulating their imagination, and tapping into their Logical-Mathematical and/or Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligences!

 

Tell us about your Household Olympics! Video them and show us some of your videos!


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