Olympic Fun & Games

Introduction:

Our list of some of the best websites, books, movies and other resources to help kids learn about the Olympic and Paralympic games, featuring the sports you’d see athletes competing in at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia!

Internet links:

Bronze olympic medalThe Official Olympics Sports Site
http://www.olympic.org/sports
Find photos, videos, and information about Summer and Winter Olympic sports events
 

Boy and Mom hugging The Official Paralympics Sports Site
http://www.paralympic.org/Sports
Find photos, videos, and information about Summer and Winter Paralympic sports events
 

Bobsled on trackTime For Kids
http://www.timeforkids.com/minisite/2014-sochi-olympics
Learn about the people and places of the Winter 2014 Olympic Games
 

Figure SkaterCelebrate the Winter Olympics
http://www.education.com/seasonal/winter-olympics/
Celebrate the Winter Olympics with these fun activities and crafts, cool coloring pages, and great party ideas and recipes
 

Sochi Olympic symbolSports Illustrated for Kids
http://www.sikids.com/si-kids-guide-to-the-2014-winter-olympics
A kid’s guide to the 2014 Winter Olympics; news and information updated weekly!
 

Map of Russia with Sochi Olympics symbolActivity Village
http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/winter-olympics
Finds crafts, printables, videos, educational activities, games and more related to your favorite Winter Olympics sports
 

Special Olympics SymbolThe Special Olympics
http://www.specialolympics.org/
Learn about the people, the history, and the games behind this organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities

 

Databases:

Britannica for Kids

Encyclopedia Britannica Online for Kids
http://misc.brooklynpubliclibrary.org/remote/?res=ebkids
Use the search term “Olympics” to find encyclopedia articles about famous Olympic and athletes, the ancient Olympic games, and more! Select “Media” to see photos, graphics and video.

 

Video:

Curling player in wheel chair

Wheelchair Curling with the Experts
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHPQ0FShiqU
A few exceptional wheelchair curling players have taken the level of competition to the highest ranks — the Paralympic Winter Games (Vancouver 2010)

 

 

Book & Media Resources:

BiblioCommons Resource List:
http://brooklyn.bibliocommons.com/list/show/147338111_mylibrarynyc_bklyn_amy/227085947_mylibrarynyc_olympics_(ages_5-12)

 The Olympics book cover

Eyewitness Books: The Olympics
By Chris Oxlade
J 796.48 O
Surveys the history and traditions of the Olympics, highlighting memorable events from ancient Greece to the present day.

 

Tales from a not-so-graceful princess, book cover

Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-so-graceful Ice Princess
By Rachel Renee Russell
J FIC RUSSELL
Nikki Maxwell is determined to help out Brandon save an animal shelter, so she and her friends enter an ice skating competition to help raise money for the shelter.

 

High tech Olympics, book cover

High-Tech Olympics
By Nick Hunter
J 796.48 H
How have developments in sports technology affected the records set by Olympic athletes over time?

 

Danger on Shadow Mountain, book cover

The Danger on Shadow Mountain
By Zack Norris
J FIC NORRIS
Twins Cody and Otis take a snowboarding vacation with the U.S. Olympic snowboarding team, but a series of accidents cause them to investigate who may be sabotaging the ski resort.

 

Maxed out, book cover

Maxed Out
By Daphne Greer
J FIC GREER
Twelve-year-old Max struggles to manage a grieving mother, a special-needs brother and a desire to play hockey.

 

The World's Greatest Olympians, book cover

The World’s Greatest Olympians
By Michael Hurley
J 796.48 H
Learn about some of the greatest Olympics champions.

 

 Olympic Figure Skating, dvd coverOlympic Figure Skating Greatest Performances Set (DVD)
DVD 796.912 O
Some of the greatest skating performances in Olympic History featuring: Kristy Yamaguchi, Scott Hamilton, Katrina Witt, Sarah Hughes, Kurt Browning, and more.

 

 Miracle, dvd coverMiracle (DVD)
Bedford DVD
Based on the true story of the most famous team in the history of American sports: the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team. Starring Kurt Russell.
Movie is rated PG-13.