The Summer Olympics lapbook all started with my special needs son’s camp. The Summer Olympics became his camp’s theme, complete with games the campers could perform. Plus, they earned tinny gold medals with red, white and blue ribbons. My son jumped on that band wagon weeks before camp, and the idea of making my own lapbook unit using his excitement was born.
The kids at my son’s camp performed feats like shooting water guns into cups, throwing balls through hoops and tossing sponges into kiddie pools. My son won two gold medals.:-) He told me he wanted to cry when he was recognized for winning the ball toss. I thought, How sweet! He really took these challenges to heart and tried his best.
So, being the industrious mom that I am, I created a Summer Olympics lapbook for my son, that focused on his strengths. I gathered several different ideas from many resources and even pinned a few ideas. You can choose one of the free, or purchase the lapbooks below.
Build Your Own Summer Olympics Lapbook
How to use these resources:
Choose one or more lapbook that includes your teaching objectives. For example, if you are teaching Social Studies, choose some of the cultural activities on your child’s level. Choose your subjects to work on, and use the Olympics as a vehicle to teach them. Or, you may want to choose the best lapbook and simply complete it with your child.
You can use these units to teach the following:
- Language and writing
- Social Studies
Consider your child’s skills:
- Can your child write?
- Can they read?
- Can they glue?
- Can they cut with scissors?
- Do they need active participation?
- What about movement?
- Should you start with a more fun activity and then switch to a calm one?
- Do balls or swings help your child concentrate?
Each child can still learn content on their level or even one higher, even if they cannot read or write, or even sit still. You, the teacher can modify the content to help them learn and grow. If your student cuts, but struggle to write, using more cutting activities that still teach him or her the ideas will bring you cooperation and success for your child. If your child can rarely sit still, choose active methods of learning, and even allow the use of an exercise ball to sit on at the table while working. Modifying learning according to your child’s strengths will allow school time to be pleasurable, rather than a battle of wills.
Summer Olympics lapbooks
These lapbooks below are on different levels. You can choose your own lapbook, or several to create your own unique, one of a kind lapbook. Using your child’s strengths, peruse the lapbook contents to choose activities that create a fun learning experience for them. The Olympics games display a rich history that extends to the Olympics today.
General Olympics lapbook (Homeschool Share)
Geography Lapbooks and activities
Add some of these geography activities and lapbooks to supplement your child’s study on the Summer Olympics. This is a great time to launch off into geography with Brazil and the Olympics. I know my son had no idea where Brazil was, and the video listed below was his first introduction into Brazilian culture. What can you teach your children about the geography and the culture around it? These lapbooks, color pages and maps contain engaging ways to learn the geography.
Brazil lapbook (Homeschool Share)
Around the world coloring pages (Activity Village)
Continents map pages (123 Homeschool 4 Me)
Rio Olympics unit , which does cost money (Teachers Pay Teachers)
More Summer Olympics ideas
These are activities which you can either print or make with your children to expand their learning and creativity. Some websites have recipe ideas too, if food drives home your lessons. Make up your own Olympics games from pool noodles or laundry baskets and balls from around the house. Get the whole family involved for tons of fun!
Make an Olympics garland to wear on your head, plus tons of other great crafts and recipes for the Olympics. (Pretty Providence)
Olympic Games vocabulary and other reading activities (Activity Village)
Free Olympics Torch printable and color page. (the Imagination Box)
Olympic ring art to make. (Happy Hooligans)
A paper plate ring toss game to make and play. (A Little Learning For Two)
Olympics Fun Pack for younger kids with characters of the different sports (Happy and Blessed Home)
Summer Olympics books to read:
Read books with your children about the Olympics. There is so much there about the different sports, to sportsmanship, and even overcoming obstacles to meet your personal goals. We find these lessons that support scripture. These are just a few that I found. Get them on Amazon or on Christian Books Distributors, or look for them in your local library:
More books about the Olympics to read with your kids. (Momstown)