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Winter Olympic Games for Kids: 8 Ways to Get in the Game at Home!

Winter Olympic Games for Kids: 8 Ways to Get in the Game at Home!

The 2018 Winter Olympic games are coming up and what better way to celebrate them than having your own olympics games for kids at home. These games are perfect for the whole family and best of all, they can be done inside and outside. The Winter Olympic games will be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea on February 9th, so you have just enough time to grab a few last-minute items for your own winter Olympic games.

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#1 Long Jump

If you are inside, take some different colored or patterned tape and cut 5-7 pieces about 12 inches long. Place them on the floor laterally and space them 12 inches apart. Have each person test their long jumping skills by starting at the same end and seeing who can go the furthest! Want to take it outside? Try using chalk! No matter what the weather is, you can still enjoy the olympic games.

#2 Balloon Tennis

This simple DIY is great for the whole family, including those little ones just learning hand eye coordination. Take a paper plate and glue it to a sturdy base to make it resemble a racquet. You could use something like a paper towel roll or paint stirrer! Then blow up 1 balloon for every 2 people and get the game going! You can keep score or first one to drop loses.

#3 Ring Toss

Before you and the family get ready to watch the winter Olympic games, grab those bottles of beverages and set up a ring toss. You can use glow sticks necklaces, pool rings or make your own from paper plates by cutting out the inside. *** BONUS** Paint the paper plates the official colors of the Olympics.

#4 Balance Beam

Take out those old pool noodles and put them to use! Let your kids use them as a balance beam to practice their balance and bring out their inner Olympian.

#5 Javelin Noodles

Another great use for those olde pool noodles are using them as javelins! In a spacious area, create a bullseye on a piece of paper and tape it to the wall. Then using the pool noodle, try to hit as close as you can to the center. Make sure you move anything breakable out of the way.

#6 Table Soccer

All you need for this DIY is straws, cotton balls and tape. Use some tape to make a  rectangle on two opposite sides of your table and one long strip to divide the table in half. Then, using a straw blow the cotton ball into the opposite rectangle to score a point.

#7 Sock Skating

This is something that we have all attempted at one point or another growing up. Turn up your favorite tunes, slip on some of those fuzzy socks and start your routine. Have your kids create their own routine or make one up with their siblings.

#8 Obstacle Maze

This is a one item DIY that is sure to bring out your inner Olympian! In a hallway, grab some toilet paper or streamers and tape them to each wall in different angles. Make big enough spaces to climb over or under each piece. Time each other to see who can make it through the fastest.

I hope you enjoy these winter Olympic games for kids. Let us know which ones you try!

From iFamily to Yours,


Family Fun in Kansas City with Paint, Glaze, and Fire!

Are you looking to have a little family fun in Kansas City or a place to create the perfect masterpiece to give as a gift for the upcoming holiday season!? You just have to take a look at this guest post from our friends over at Paint, Glaze, and Fire in south Overland Park for details on all of the great opportunities available to your family when you visit their store. Take a look…

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Family Fun in Kansas City With Paint, Glaze, and Fire!

Are you ever stumped trying to think of a new family activity? It’s tough to get the kids away from the TV for creative, quality family time. Pinterest has lots of craft suggestions, but maybe you don’t feel like spending the evening scrubbing glitter and puffy paint out of your carpet. Paint, Glaze & Fire in south Overland Park is the perfect place for your family to get inspired, have fun, and create beautiful keepsakes without any mess in your own house.

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What if I’m not an artist?

Don’t be intimidated if you aren’t feeling artistic. We have a ton of ideas to spark your creativity. With silk screen stencils, stamps, sponges, paint pens, tape that creates perfect stripes, speckled paint, and Jungle Gems* glaze with crystals for non-food items, you’re sure to find the inspiration to create your own masterpiece while your kiddos create theirs.

What kinds of ceramics do they offer?

We have a huge selection of ceramic pieces you can choose to paint including: plates, mugs, platters, figurines, holiday ornaments, and light-up Christmas trees. As soon as you pick your ceramics and paints, it’s time to get busy creating! You and your family will have a blast painting your pieces just the way you want them to look.

How does it work?

When your work of art is complete, you’ll leave it with us for about 7-10 days (a little longer during the holidays). After your piece dries for 24 hours, we glaze it with care and then fire it for 24 hours in a kiln that reaches over  1800°F. That’s about as hot as a volcano! The result is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece that’s completely nontoxic and perfectly safe* for food. Be sure to preserve your treasure by keeping it out of the microwave and dishwasher.

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The fun doesn’t stop with painted ceramics! We also offer canvas painting, clay prints, and glass fusion. Free 4” tile footprints are available for children 18 months and younger so you can treasure your baby’s adorable little footprint even when the foot that made it has grown larger than your own.

What is Glass fusion?

Glass fusion is a form of art in which you glue tiny pieces of glass to a flat glass base. There’s no end to the shapes, sizes, and colors that you can choose from. Just remember that kids will need adult supervision for this activity. When your project is complete, it’s fired in a kiln that reaches 1475°F. If you want it to be formed into a three-dimensional shape, such as a vase or a candy dish, we’ll fire it a second time over a mold that gives it shape. This process is called slumping. You can pick your work back up in 2-3 weeks; it takes a little longer than the ceramics because it’s fired twice.

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Don’t forget to enjoy a delicious coffee, latte, chai tea, or smoothie from our coffee bar. Small snacks are also available. We don’t offer alcoholic beverages, but if you choose to leave the kids at home to host an adult only event, you’re welcome to bring your own wine and glasses. Girls night out, team building workshops, and bachelorette parties are always a hit at Paint, Glaze & Fire.

Find Out More!

Space fills up fast as the weather turns cold, so be sure you get in before Thanksgiving to make your holiday gifts. The sooner the better! Reservations are recommended to ensure we have space for your group. Call 913-661-2529. Remember, there’s a per person studio fee for painting ceramics plus the cost of the pottery you choose to paint. Like us on Facebook @PaintGlazeFire.KC and visit paintglazeandfire.net for hours, discounts, and special events.