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Five Ways to Enjoy the Winter Olympics with Babies and Toddlers

Feb 9, 2018

The 2018 Winter Olympic Games are underway in South Korea! But you don’t have to take your infant or toddler to PyeongChang to enjoy an Olympic experience together. / Shutterstock

Here are our favorite five ways to engage your little one during the games:

  1. Have a multi-generational get-together! If you’re going to be watching the games, invite grandparents and other extended family members over to visit before prime-time coverage gets going. Spend some quality time together at a family dinner or just spend some time talking and playing with baby.
  2. Talk about colors and shapes! From the Olympic rings and the hundreds of country flags, to the venues and the PyeongChang mascot Soohorang, the Winter Games are exploding with fun opportunities to learn about colors and shapes. Flags are rectangles with stars, circles, squares and other shapes. Figure skating costumes are red, blue, yellow or green. Skating rinks are oval. Curling stones are round. Once you get it going, the conversation may never stop!
  3. Eat like athletes. To be a champion, athletes have to train rigorously and eat right. Check out our resources on Health and Nutrition, then look to the Olympics for menu inspiration. Why not try out a Korean vegetable recipe or some fresh fruit and cheese for a French-inspired snack?
  4. Read together! Developing language and literacy skills begins at birth through everyday loving interactions like reading books together. Visit your local library or go online to find age-appropriate books about famous athletes, the Olympics or Korean culture.
  5. Help your child develop self-esteem. To make it to the Olympics, athletes have to believe in themselves and their abilities. Building self-confidence starts at birth! There are many ways parents can help their babies and toddlers learn to feel good about who they are and what they can achieve.

Do you have more suggestions for how parents can interact with babies and toddlers during the 2018 Winter Olympics? Share them with us! Visit or tweet to @zerotothree.

  • Author

    Karen Stecher

    Former Communications Manager