Race to Build: an Olympic Inspired STEAM Activity

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With the Olympics coming this summer we want to bring some of that Olympic spirit to the kids. We decided to make up an Olympic Inspired STEAM Activity to get the kids active and excited about the Olympics.

Race to Build: an Olympic Inspired STEAM Activity is a building and construction race that the kids will love.

Race to Build: an Olympic Inspired STEAM Activity

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Race to Build: an Olympic Inspired STEAM Activity Materials:

  • Poster Board or Cardboard (5 pieces)
  • Paint, Crayons or Markers
  • Building Materials (We used cardboard boxes, plastic containers, and other random items.)
  • Measuring Tape
  • Balls

Race to Build: an Olympic Inspired STEAM Activity Instructions:

  1. For our Olympic inspired STEAM activity, we first drew circles on the poster board and colored them in with the Olympic rings colors. While the rings were being colored we talked about what the rings represent: The five continents where the athletes come from and the different colors of the flags of the countries that participated in the Olympics.  You can read more about the symbolism of the Olympic Rings.
  2. While the paint was drying we gathered materials for our towers. You can use any building materials. We chose to use recyclables. Olympic Rings
  3. Pile up the building material on one side of the space you will be playing. Put the Olympic rings on the other side of the space. Building Materials for Olympic Game
  4. Organize the kids into five teams. A team of one is okay, too. 🙂
  5. Yell “Go!” Once you do, the object is to build the highest tower in the shortest amount of time. The kids take one item at a time to their ring and build a tower, running back and forth to get more construction materials.
  6. When the materials are all used up recognize the person or team who finished first. They get a point. Race to Build an Olympic Inspired STEAM Activity
  7. Then have the kids measure their buildings and compare who has the tallest tower. The person or team who has the tallest tower gets one point.
  8. Now pile up the balls where the building materials were. Have the kids throw the balls to knock down the towers. You can also use bean bags if you want. Each person or team that knocks down a tower gets a point. Race to Build an Olympic Inspired STEAM Activity
  9. Then we had a contest to see who could collect the most items and clean them up. The person or team who collects the most gets a point.
  10. Add up all the points and give out the medals! We actually just cheered for the winners but here are three sources for creative ways to make your own Olympic medals:

DIY Olympic Gold Medals from AlphaMom

DIY Olympic Medals from Mommy Savers

Olympic Craft: Medals from MakeCreateDo

This post is part of KCAdventures 50+ Olympic Activities for Kids event. Be sure to stop by and see all the amazingly creative ideas.

50+ Olympics For Kids Crafts and Activites

More Fun Activities for the Kids to do this Summer:

Explore sound and rhythm
Junk Jam Music Game
Ball in a Bag Tracking Game
Ball in a Bag Visual Tracking Game
Make butter while you hike.
A Better Hike with Butter
Plunger Games
Plunger Games


  1. I love this idea! No need to go to the store to buy things for it. We have a whole lot of recyclables to use! I already know the best part for the kids is knocking them down with the balls.


  2. I love this idea! I think I’m going to take my team of two kids and have them try this (yes I know that doesn’t equate to enough teams per ring), but they will love it anyways!


  3. Omg what a creative idea!!! I love how simple it is. Definitely need to do this with my daughter


  4. This game sounds like so much fun! My kids would really enjoy it. I love the integration of STEAM into play time.


  5. Oh my goodness, I think my kids will have a blast with this activity! Our recycle bins are always full and they love building towers.


  6. How fun! I used to love things like this when I was younger. I think in a year or two, so will my kiddos:)


  7. What a great idea. We have some playdates on the books this Summer that we could do this activity at. I’m going to share it with the other Moms. Thanks for the inspiration.


  8. This looks like so much fun! Our kids would love it. What a great use of recycled materials.


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