Olympic Games

Explore, discuss and play a variety of sports with this creative discussion game.

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Everything you need to play this game

  • Balls
  • Rope
  • Chalk
  • Cones
  • Optional: flags, scoreboard, podium, music (an Olympic playlist and speakers), megaphone...
  • Educational game MOVEMENT C1

A step-by-step guide to play the game


Announce that you are organising a big sports tournament. All youth workers are coaches and all players are athletes. 


The athletes can practise their skills in three types of sport: ball games, gymnastics and athletics. Each group of exercises is trained by one coach. 


The coaches start the exercises at the basic level (see additional game info), but challenge the athletes to try out the higher levels of the exercises or, if an exercise does not have levels, to try and improve their time, distance or the number of exercises performed in a certain amount of time. 


The athletes change groups after a certain amount of time, until they have trained the three different types of sports. 


After the training sessions, it’s time for the big tournament. Create a special atmosphere by hanging up flags, making a podium, using a scoreboard, announcing the performances, ... 


Divide the athletes into different teams and ask every team to appoint a champion for each exercise. Make sure that each athlete is a champion at least once during the tournament. 


When a team wins an exercise, give them a point. You can e.g. also give points for fair play. 


The team with the most points is Olympic champion and wins the tournament!

Extra game information

On the game board, you can see an Olympic stadium. In the back there is a cheering crowd with lots of details, e.g. people selling candy, people having fun, the police, … In the front, you see a large Olympic field. Different levels of exercises (easy, medium and hard) are depicted of three different types of sports. The children doing an exercise of one particular sport wear T-shirts of the same colour: ball games = a dark blue, gymnastics = white and athletics = light blue. In the middle of the game board, there is a stand. On the side of the stand you see images depicted. Find and count those images in the bigger picture. 

Below, you can find a list of the different difficulty levels per exercise, easy (E), medium (M) and hard (H):

  1. Ball Games • Penalty kicks: large (E), medium (M) and small (H) goal / Dribbling: large (E), medium (M) and short (H) distance between cones / Passing: with your foot (E), with one hand (M), with two hands (H) / Bouncing on knee: the ball can touch the ground (E), the ball can touch the ground only once (M), the ball cannot touch the ground (H) / Heading: head as many times as possible.
  2. Gymnastics • Limbo: keep the rope high (E), medium (M), low (H) / Balancing on a ball: balance on a big (E), a medium (M) and on a small (H) ball or practice balancing as long as possible and improve your time / Standing on your head: practice standing on your head as long as possible / Standing on your hands: stand on your hands for 5 seconds (E), walk three passes (M), walk one meter (H) / Tumbling: tumble one time (E) / tumble one time and stand up again without using your hands (M) / tumble two times and stand up again without using your hands (H) / Push-ups: try to do as many push-ups as possible.
  3. Athletics • Jumping: practice jumping as far as possible / Sprinting: practice sprinting an agreed distance as fast as possible / Frog leaping: frog leap over a little child (E), a youngster (M) and an adult (H) / Standing on one leg: practice standing on one leg as long as possible / Throwing ball: throw the ball to another child (E) / over a target (M) / in a target (H). 


  • Relay race: you can use some exercises as a relay race. For example: dribbling, tumbling, frog leaping and standing on one leg.
  • Long tournament: spread the training and the tournament over different sessions.

Specific learning objectives

  • Stimulate players to do sports.
  • Develop gross motor skills.
  • Exercise.

What people said about this game

Sander Degeling

Partnership Coordinator Africa & Asia StreetwiZe • Mobile School BE

11 June, 2021


The perfect discussion panel to start your own Olympic games with your group of kids!

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