The Summer Olympics are almost here!
Is your family excited about the Olympics starting in just a few weeks? Have you downloaded a copy of my Summer Olympics Family Devotional? If not, grab it here (tip: print in booklet form). This is such a fun opportunity to show your kids God’s world and introduce them to different peoples, places, and cultures without even leaving your living room! Here are a few fun ideas to get you geared up.
If you have access to an encyclopedia or an Operation World book, now is the time to pull those out and have them easily accessible in the living room! Teach your school-aged children how to look up countries and learn together as you watch. You may want to grab the colorful, children’s edition called Window on the World.
Do you have a large map or a globe? (see Resources) Use these to look at when you meet athletes from the Games over the next few weeks! You could even make a friendly competition over who can find the countries as you watch!
Another great resource is the website www.joshuaproject.net to learn about each country’s current spiritual needs and status of the Gospel.
Take the host country, Japan, for example. It is a relatively small country in East Asia but with an incredibly large population. Japan sits just east of China and the Koreas as a chain of islands guarding the rest of the continent from the great Pacific Ocean. Although there have been missionaries in Japan since the 1500s, Japan is still only 2.2% Christian. It is considered the largest unreached people group in the world with a total population of 126,394,000 people.
As you gear up to watch the 2020 Summer Olympics, here are a few fun activities you can do with your family beforehand:
- Learn about Japan
- Print off this 4-day Family Devotional booklet about Japan
- Make an Olympic Torch
- Create Olympic family shirts
- Opening Ceremonies Devotional and Game
- Print off this Family Discussion Guide for the Olympics to spark conversations (jpeg version here)
- Print off this Coloring Sheet