Celebrate the upcoming Winter Olympic Games with these great Olympic themed party games! They’re fun for all ages, themed after the most popular Winter Olympic events, and use things you can most likely find in your house! They’re perfect for any type of opening night watch party or just to get people excited for the two week worldwide celebration!
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I can thank my dad for my love of the Olympics. He’s had a healthy obsession with the Olympics for as long as I can remember. We even went on a big family trip and skipped a week of school my senior year of high school so we could actually go to some of the events at the Salt Lake Olympics in 2002! It was one of the coolest experiences ever, and I’ve been a bit obsessed with the Olympics as well since then!
When the last Summer Olympics happened in 2016, I put together these go for the gold party games that were mostly themed after my favorite Summer Olympic events! And I came up with the cutest ideas for “medals” for the winners!
With the Winter Olympics coming up next month, I thought it was only fair to put together some awesome Winter Olympic Themed Party games as well based on some of the most popular Winter Olympic sports. If there’s a sport missing that you personally love, leave me a comment, and I’m sure I can come up with a game to go with it!
How to Play These Olympic Themed Party Games
All of these games are Minute to Win It style Olympic themed party games and depending on the number of people at the party, there are three different ways you can play them. You choose. No matter which way you choose, I guarantee they’ll still be fun. I deliberately made games that both kids and adults can play and enjoy. We played these with my sister, brother-in-law, and my 4-year-old who’s a bit obsessed with minute to win it games after we tried out all of these superhero party games with him!
Style #1: Man vs. Clock
In this version, one player will be trying to beat the clock for each game. So for instance, they will have to try and finish the task in a minute. If they do, they win a prize. If not, let someone else have a shot. If you go with this style, I recommend choosing a different person for each game.
Style #2: Head to Head
In this style, you’ll pick two players for each game who will going head to head against each other playing a game rather than trying to beat the clock. So for instance, you’d give two people a bucket full of ping pong balls (preferably different colors) and see who can get them over the ramp first.
The first person to finish wins the prize. Again, rotate through pairs for each game, repeating players as necessary.
Style #3: Team Competition
In this style, you’ll split your group into two (or 3 or 10 depending on the number of guests) teams. For each game, teams must choose one player to compete head to head in the game with the other teams. The entire team won’t be competing, just one person from each team at a time.
First team to finish gets five points, second gets three, and etc. This works best if you have quite a few people and is a good way to get everyone involved cheering for their team.
Olympic Themed Party Scorecard
If you’re planning on doing either head to head or a team competition, it’s easiest if you keep score for each of the games where everyone can see. I’ve created a free printable scorecard that you can use or you can just make your own.
Download the Free Printables
If you’re ready to download the free printables to use this idea, simply click the button below or click here.
There’s a version (as pictured below) with the actual game names and a version that’s totally blank in case you want to add your own games or only want to use a couple of the ones from this post.
Olympic Themed Party Game Prizes
You can’t have an Olympic competition without Olympic themed prizes! You could always go with standard plastic medals or even chocolate medals like these ones or you could go with some creative Olympic themed prizes like these ones!
- An Olympic rings necklace
- An Olympic jar like this one filled with candy
- Gold Medal Cupcakes
- Olympic headbands (for girls)
- An Olympic flag
- An Olympic themed book like this one
- A Gold Amazon gift card
- A silver Amazon gift card
- Any of these go for the gold favors
Olympic Themed Party Game Supplies
One of the best things about minute to win it style games is that most often they use things that you already have around your house. That being said, here’s a full list of all of the supplies you need to play these Winter Olympic themed party games just in case you don’t stock ping pong balls or mini marshmallows!
- Fake snowballs
- Cutting board
- Bucket or a small trash can
- Old maps, map wrapping paper, or a map tablecloth like this one
- Ping pong balls
- Small box
- Poster board or small piece of card board
- Printable Skeleton
- Large bath towels
- Kitchen towels
- Plastic traffic cones (these ones are a good size)
- Plastic straws
- Mini marshmallows
- Washi tape or colored painter’s tape
- Plastic bracelets
- Ice cubes (real or these fake ones are great)
- Empty tissue box
Winter Olympic Party Games
I’ve put together step by step instructions for each of these games below. If you have questions about something or need clarification, just leave me a comment, and I’ll do my best to answer. And if you happen to play these games and take a picture of video, I’d love to see it and share! I love it when people use my games!
Give each player a fake snowball and a cutting board. Place a bucket, trash can, or other container of some sort at the opposite end of the room. Players must bounce the snowball on their cutting board from one side of the room to the other and get it to drop in the bucket.
If they drop it on their way to the other side of the room, they have to pick it up and go back to the starting line. If they stop bouncing the snowball and just let it sit on their cutting board, same thing – go back to start.
First player to successfully get the snowball from one side of the room and into the bucket on the other side by bouncing it on their cutting board wins.
Cross Country Skiing
Cover a table in maps or map tablecloth like this that shows the different continents. On one side of the table, place a package of Oreos and have the first player stand on the end of the table. To play, players must slide the Oreos from the end of the table across the map and get them to land in each of the continents. The Oreo must stop inside the continent to count, anything on the line will have to be “skied” again.
First player to successfully get one Oreo in each of the continents wins. If you’re playing with multiple teams at once, use Oreos with different fillings.
Place a bucket or box on one side of a table and place a bucket of ping pong balls on the other side of the table. In the middle, create a small ramp using a box + piece of poster board or whatever else you have at home that will allow you to create a ski ramp. Make sure it is stable though so when people are rolling ping pong balls up the ramp, the ramp doesn’t collapse.
To play, players must roll ping pong balls over the ramp and try to get it to land in the bucket at the other side of the table. If you don’t have a table that will be long enough for this, you could also set the game up on the ground.
First player to land three ping pong balls in the bucket wins. If you’re playing with multiple players at once, use different color ping pong balls to keep track of whose ping pong ball is whose.
To play, players must lay on their stomachs on a large bath towel and slide around on the ground to collect the pieces of the skeleton around the room. Once they’ve collected all pieces of the skeleton, they can get off of their towel and stand up to put their skeleton together on the ground.
First player to successfully gather all pieces of their skeleton and put it together wins.
Place plastic traffic cones in a circle around a room and give each player two kitchen towels.
To play, players must start at one end of the circle and using the kitchen towels, skate around the plastic cone circle, going in between each and every plastic cone.
First player to get around the circle skating wins. If they miss any of the cones, they have to go back and go through the cone they missed.
Set up a goal on one side of a table using an empty tissue box that has the middle flap ripped out. Either tape the box to the table or weight it down with something so it won’t move. If you don’t have a tissue box, you could use something else but make sure it’s fairly small so it’s not too easy.
Give each player a chopstick and a cup full of ice cubes and have them stand at the table opposite the tissue box goal. To play, players must put the chopstick in their mouth and use the chopstick (still in their mouth) to get a piece of ice from one side of the table into the goal at the other end.
First player to score a goal with their ice cube wins.
Just like the Biathlon event, this is a two part game that players have to finish both parts to win. Set up a bucket of mini marshmallows on one side of a table along with a plastic straw. On the other side of the table, use washi tape or painter’s tape to tape a “finish line,” about six inches from the end of the table.
About six feet from the end of the table with the tape, set up another box or bucket with a pretty wide opening (a smaller opening will work, it’ll just make this game a lot harder).
To play, players must use their straw to suck up a mini marshmallow and place it on the table. They then have to blow the marshmallow all the way across the taped line on the other side of the table and get it to land between the tape and the end of the table. They can do either big blows or just small little blows and move along with the marshmallow, whatever works best for them.
Once they’ve gotten the marshmallow across the line (and still on the table), they have to suck up the marshmallow again and shoot it from the end of the table and try to get it to land in the bucket six feet away. If they miss, they have to start over and keep going through the two-part process until they make one in the bucket.
Alternately, you could just have them go through the process five times and for any they make in the bucket, they could get five seconds taken off their time.
To play, players must sit on one side of the room and slide the bracelets to the other side of the room, trying to get them to land on the edges of the box. If they land outside of the box or inside of the box, they don’t count.
First player to land a bracelet on all four sides of the square wins.
Other Olympic Themed Party Supplies
Finish off your party with some of these other Olympic party supplies! They’d go perfectly with these Winter Olympic games!