Winter Olympics Small World

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Welcome to the Hand-On Play Party! Each week my co-hosts and I will share our ideas for a fun, hands-on activity! This is also a linky party for any hands-on learning activities for kids of all ages! So be sure to check out all the great links shared at the end of this post! If you are a blogger I invite you to share any ideas you have for sensory play, early learning play, gross and fine motor skills play, and indoor/outdoor play that is presented in a hands-on way!

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I am so excited to share with you our Winter Olympics Small World! I had so much fun planning this and putting it together! Maybe even more than Caden! The idea came to me when I received a fun package as a free gift from that included these great little wooden peg people, acrylic paints, paint brushes with a new child’s art apron, pipe cleaners and more! I was also trying to think of a way to playfully teach Caden all about the upcoming Winter Olympics! After the success of our Snowy Winter Small World Sensory Bin, I thought a Winter Olympics Small World would be the perfect way! 


To set this up I started by planning out what I wanted to include in our Winter Olympics arena. I chose to include a skier, snowboarder, two bobsledders, a figure skater and the Sochi Winter Olympics Mascots. A few days before setting this up Caden helped me paint the wooden peg people (a gift from Psst! Come back on Friday for more details on how to make your own Olympic athletes!

Olympic figures

Skier, Figure Skater and Snowboarder


Bobsledders and Bobsleds

Sochi Winter Olympics Mascots

Sochi Winter Olympics Mascots

On Sunday morning while Caden was out with Daddy, I carefully set up the Winter Olympics Arena. I added a third bin to our Snowy Winter Small World Sensory Bin and grabbed a few more wooden blocks to create a ski slope/snowboard half-pipe/bobsled track.


Then I added some large blue and clear glass stones to create a figure skating ice rink. Caden enjoyed playing with these stones the most and had fun rearranging the ice rink.


For a final finishing touch I printed out the images of the Olympic rings, the United States flag and the Russian flag and taped them to the sides of the bins.


Later that afternoon Caden finally saw what I had set up for him! He and Daddy enjoyed checking out the set up, and playing with the skier and snowboarder.


I am hoping that once he sees some of the Olympic athletes in action that he will be more interested in playing with these figures and have a better idea of how to play with them. And I can’t wait to show him the opening ceremony! That was always my favorite part of the Olympic Games!Olympics30

Looking for more Hands-On Play ideas? Link up and check out some great ideas below!

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From my co-hosts!

Penguins in the Snow Sensory Play from P is for Preschooler

Feet Sensory Play and Sensory Bins from Little Bins for Little Hands

Favorites from Last Week

Heart Tissue Paper by NumberCraft for Kids by Crayon Box Chronicles

 I know I’ve shared Tissue Paper by Number from Crayon Box Chronicles on the blog before, but I just love it! I might have to make one myself, because I don’t think Caden would be interested in crafting this up. But I love it so much! 

4 Mini Sensory Bin Valentine's

These Mini Sensory Bin Valentine’s by Life Lesson Plans are just awesome! I know Caden would love to carry a little sensory bin with goop or floam around where ever we went! Brigette shares four ideas, but the possibilities are endless!


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12 thoughts on “Winter Olympics Small World”

  1. This is so cool! I love how you explored so many of the Olympic sports. I am sharing this post on my Facebook page tonight.

  2. Anik says:

    I love, love, love this Olympics activity idea! I wondered what fun activity organized for my Mr Frog and this one is perfect! I have some peg dolls so try to make something soon 🙂 Thank you! 🙂

  3. This is awesome! I love all the details and the peg people are so cute! I would have had a lot of fun setting this one up too!

  4. Heather says:

    Love! I adore the pipe cleaner scarves and block slope! Super fun! Thank you so much for sharing our tissue paper activity too.

  5. Brigette says:

    I love your snowy olympics sensory bin! What a great way to introduce them to the games! Thanks for featuring my Mini Sensory Bin Valentine’s!

  6. Julia says:

    I just discovered your site and the party, and I’m very glad I did! Very inspiring!

  7. Kate says:

    I love how you used the clothespin people as the athletes as it gave yo so much freedom to create different athletes with different accessories. These small world bins look so fun!

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