February 12, 2010 marks the beginning of a new world-wide olympics to be held in Vancouver, Canada. The Olympic cauldron will officially be lit and athletes from around the world will race to the finish for two weeks.
Olympics are an incredibly powerful venue to teach children the value and importance of persistence, determination, and dreaming. Children can learn much from watching the games and learning about the challenges so many athletes have overcome to reach for the gold. But they don’t have to be aspiring athletes — olympics can inspire them for most anything in life.
Olympic mascots inspire children
The Vancouver 2010 Olympics are introducing new mascots to the games. Auatchi, Miga, and Sumi have circled the globe this year in anticipation of the olympic games. Now they are ready to kick it off on February 12. Not only have they trekked their way across Canada, they have visited Australia, China, Germany, Japan, Korea, and the United States as they encourage people everywhere to enjoy the Vancouver games.
Introducing children to the mascots can be a wonderful way to get them excited and engaged in the games. They can watch the many adventures of these furry fellows and experience the games at a whole new level. They’ve created a video so children can follow their adventures.
Olympic stores online
Making the olympics tangible can be another way to inspire future olympians and encourage children to be active. The NBC Olympics Store has a broad array of t-shirts, buttons, pins, purses, video games, and other items designed just for kids. All of the items are affordable and easily accessible.
The official Vancouver 2010 Olympic Store has also created a variety of items for children, including plush mascots, mascot pins, mascot collectibles, and more. A visit to the store is sure to result in gift ideas for children that will delight and inspire them.
You may view the 2010 Vancouver Olympics from the comfort and warmth of your own home in Richmond, Virginia, but you can make it come alive for grandchildren and children with some of the plush mascots and olympic toys available on these websites. Watch the games together and teach children something new with every olympic event.
Take the opportunity to teach children about the hard work and persistence that goes into becoming a real olympian.
And help them have fun learning!