Countdown to London 2012

"The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph, but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered, but to have fought well." (The Olympic Creed).

Soon, participating countries will again set aside their differences for two weeks to cheer on their athletes in the world’s most prestigious sporting competition. To get your family into the spirit of the 2012 Summer Games, here are some fun facts, lessons, activities and games to share with children.

Wenlock and Mandeville, the official London 2012 mascots, have their own website, where you can play games, watch films, make your own mascot and more.

Here are some printable Olympics coloring pages, and ideas for crafts

And of course, don't forget to check out our books about the Olympics.


I can't wait to see the Olympics! It's really exciting!

Me too! :)

yay olympics!!!

Thanks for the resources. Now I have a more fun way to discuss the olympics with my kids.

I watched the Opening Ceremony. I missed most of the T countries in the Parade of Nations and made it up to U. After that I went to bed. So did my sister.

I wish I could've watched the opening ceremony....

The Opening Ceremony was awesome!

Really? The only thing I know about it was that there was a LOT of fire.

I can't believe I missed the Opening Ceremony. :(

I think that the greatest swimmer is Michael Phelps.