In a few days, the Winter Olympics will begin in PyeongChang, South Korea. This is the perfect chance to turn a life event into a learning opportunity for young children. Here at Multicultural Kid Blogs, we encourage a study of world cultures to help families who are raising global citizens.
As such, we are thrilled to share our new printable activity packet for children ages 8-10. This new packet contains over 100 pages of downloadable activities. If you are looking for a fun, no-prep resource to share with your children while you watch the Olympics, this may be for you! Your children can read about countries, famous athletes, the history of the Games, and so much more.
You can read all about the new packet and see images of the pages here.
One of the pages shares 10 fun facts about the host of the Winter Olympics. We’re happy to share them here with all of you. They make for fun conversation starters during dinner, car rides, or simple gatherings with friends and family.
- PyeongChang is known for Odaesan National Park whose trails crisscross the Taebaek Mountains. The park is home to several Buddhist temples, including Woljeongsa Temple, with its 9-story octagonal pagoda.
- Lee Hyo-seok Culture Village explores the life of early-20th-century poet Lee Hyo-seok.
- Pyeongchang is the smallest city to host the Olympic games since the 1994 Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway.
- The county is the home of two major ski resorts:
• Alpensia, which has six slopes for skiing and snowboarding. It will host the majority of the snow events of the Olympics.
• Yongpyong Resort, which is the largest ski resort in Korea with 31 slopes. It will host the technical alpine skiing events.
- PyeongChang will be the third Winter Games in Asia and the only Asian city to host the Winter Games outside Japan.
- The country has built high-speed rail lines that will allow people to travel from Seoul to PyeongChang in less than an hour.
- Thanks to PyeongChang’s location, viewers in all US time zones will have access to live coverage of the games for the first time. Normally, they must wait for a delayed replay of the events on television.
- PyeongChang’s Olympic mascots are Soohorang (a white tiger) and Bandabi (an Asian Black Bear).
- Third time’s the charm! PyeongChang had previously lost the bid to host the Winter Olympics twice; once to Vancouver, Canada and again to Sochi, Russia.