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The Olympics is a spectacular international event that graces screens across the nation and the world every 4 years. The first-ever modern Summer Olympic Games were held in 1896 in Athens, Greece, the home of the Ancient Olympics. Starting with just 9 sports and athletes from 14 different nations, the games now have over 200 countries and territories participating in more than 30 sports. 

Thousands of athletes come together to take part in a wide variety of sporting events including athletics, swimming, gymnastics and cycling. For those who are lucky enough to watch the spectacle in the flesh, they get to witness athletes of the highest calibre compete to win the much sought-after Olympic medals (including gold!), which we can only imagine is an indescribable, unique experience. This year the world's greatest sporting competition is being held in the capital of Japan, Tokyo. 

The Olympic torch or The Olympic Flame is an international symbol of peace, hope, friendship, human achievement and continuity between the ancient and modern games. The Torch relay which begins with The Olympic Flame being lit in Greece is inspired by ancient practices and embodies the spirit of the games. It follows a route across several locations, spreading passion and joy until it reaches the end of its journey at the Opening Ceremony. Channel the Olympic spirit this summer and recreate your very own Olympic Torch with this handy craft activity! All you need is a few simple items to get started. Check them out below. 

The Tokyo Summer 2020 Olympic Games (scheduled to take place from July - August 2021) will represent over 30 different disciplines, including 5 new exciting sports that have been added to the roster - baseball, skateboarding, surfing, sport climbing and karate! With so much excitement and buzz around the biggest sporting tournament in the world, why not get inspired, get creative, use your imagination and host your very own Olympic Games with the children.

On your marks, ready, set, go! There are lots of Olympic inspired activities for you and the little ones to get involved in this summer. We have an exciting range of equipment, resources and free downloads so you can create a jam-packed day full of fun for the youngsters.

Get ready to run, jump and throw! Athletics is the most diverse discipline featured in the games so it's only right to include this in your activities. Organise a running race, sprint or hurdles and see who comes out on top or why not try shotput or discuss. These are just a few of the several other activities you can set up for your Olympic-themed day and are a fantastic way to create a little friendly competition and get the children excited about sports. Remember, the most important thing is not to win but to take part!

The goal of the Olympic Movement is to "contribute to building a peaceful and better world by educating youth through sport practiced without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play."