The Olympics only happen once every two years, so it's important to take full advantage of them each time. To help you take it beyond just watching events on TV with the whole family every evening, we've rounded up some of the best ideas to make the Olympics come to life in your own home!

From crafts to games to snack ideas, we've got it all. Take a look and start planning an impromptu Olympic party with the kids or just make some treats to celebrate all of the U.S. Olympic golds. 

1. Olympic Snack Ideas from I Heart Nap Time

From gold medal oreos to cheeto torches, make quick and easy snacks with items you probably already have in the pantry. Then let the viewing party begin!

2. Have Your Own LEGO Olympics from Frugal Fun 4 Boys

If your kids love building and being creative, help them get started with some LEGO Olympics. This blog has  pictures to get your idea wheels turning and then just let the creativity take over. Who knows — maybe the kids will end up inventing a new Olympic event just for LEGO mini-figures!

3. Compete in Backyard Olympics from The Playtime Press

These activities are perfect for your little kiddos and teach skills like good sportsmanship and teamwork. Of course you can add more events like a ring toss, shooting a basketball or just about any competition you can think of. And don't forget an awards ceremony at the end!

4. Make 9 Olympic Crafts from Life as Mama

Make an Olympic torch with tissue paper, gold medals with DIY dough and even fun and easy bracelets. Whether you want to just craft or use the medals as awards for your backyard Olympics, these are perfect activities for a rainy or hot afternoon.