Olympics top trumps cards

Last updated: 09/05/2024
Contributor: Teachit team
Olympics top trumps cards
Main Subject
Key stage
Topical and seasonal: Sports
Resource type
Student activity

Help children get excited for the Paris Olympics 2024 by learning about the Olympic Games past and present with these ‘top trumps’ style fact cards for both the Winter and Summer Olympics from 1896 to 2022.

What’s included

Choose between a free printable PDF or editable Word doc (subscribers only) featuring:

  • Instructions for playing the Olympics top trumps game
  • 4 sets of 6 cards for the Chamonix 1924, Innsbruck 1976, Sochi 2014 and Bejing 2022 Winter Olympics
  • 4 sets of 6 cards for the  London 1948, Bejin 2008, London 2012 and Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics
  • 1 set of 6 cards for the First Modern Olympics which took place in Athens in 1896
  • A blank template for children to create their own ‘top trumps’ cards.

How to use these Olympics top trumps cards

Before you start, cut out, laminate and share the gaming cards. The game accommodates up to 6 players and the youngest player starts by choosing a category. All players state the result on their card for the chosen category.

The winner of each round is determined based on the chosen category. The winner of each round collects all the cards played and selects the next category. The overall winner is the player with the most cards at the end of play.

Olympics top trumps cards in the classroom

For primary teachers, these Olympics top trumps cards can be used as a fun and interactive way to teach students about the history of the Olympics and the accomplishments of various athletes. They are also a fun way to encourage reading, comparing numerical values and making strategic decisions.

For secondary teachers and form tutors, these cards are a fun way to bring the excitement of the Paris Olympics 2024 to tutor time. The game fosters a sense of camaraderie and competition among students while stimulating discussions about the Olympics, the athletes, and their sports. The cards also engage students in strategic thinking and decision-making, skills that are crucial for their personal and academic development.

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