I have always been a huge fan of the Olympics. I love watching both the summer and winter Olympics, but the winter ones are by far my favorite. As much fun as it is to watch the games (our T.V. will be on constantly) it’s even more fun when you interact with them. Go for the Gold: Olympic Viewing Game is a great way to get even more out of the upcoming games.
What is Go for the Gold?
This is a game that you can play while watching the 2014 Winter Olympics (and other Olympic games after). Everyone playing will draw countries that they are going to cheer for. Every time one of those countries wins a medal the player gets a certain number of points (depending on what medal it is). The person at the end of the Olympics with the most points is the winner!
How Many People can Play?
It is meant to be played with at least 2 people, but you can go up to about 69 people. You can play it as a family, or get together with a group of friends. You don’t need to be together for all of the games to play, but it will be a lot more fun that way.
- 1 copy of the printable containing the countries competing in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games
- 1-2 containers or baskets for drawing paper slips with the countries written on them
- Medal Count printable game boards (enough to write down everyone that is playing)
1. Print out the 2014 Olympic Participating Countries printable.
3. Print out the Go for the Gold playing cards. Each card has room to record stats for up to four people. If you have more than four people playing then you’ll need to print off more than one card. Note: make sure to set you printer to print in landscape mode for this printable.
4. Have all of the players draw countries from the container. I suggest having each person draw three different countries. There are two ways you can do this. You can either draw all of the countries you play with from the main container (not using any of the red lettered cards), or you can have every person draw one big winning country (a red lettered card) and then two countries from the main container. Either way I suggest removing your own country from the drawing because you’re going to be cheering them on any way.
5. Write everyone’s name in a square under “Players” on the playing card and also write in the countries that they are going to be cheering for.
6. Watch the Olympics and cheer on the countries you drew. If one of those countries wins a medal than give yourself a tally mark in your row in the correct medal column.
7. When the games are all over, add up your points. You get 3 points for every gold medal, 2 points for every silver, and 1 point for every bronze. The player with the most points is the winner!