Whether cross-country skiing or curling is more your speed, you'll find something compelling to watch on TV these days as the winter Olympics make headlines and the medal counts grow. The Olympics are a great opportunity to talk about more than athletic performance with your kids. Here are some great tips from some of our favorite bloggers that will help you expand the conversation -- and the learning:

My Olympic View Series. Students of a Vancouver, BC-area school are blogging their view of the Olympics, up close and personal. Some even have Olympic athletes' families staying with them for the Games! The series is on-going, but here's the link to one of the first posts from Jack, a student Olympic blogger. Our Kids

Out With the Kids (OWTK) Guide to Watching the Winter Olympics. This introduction to the Games gives some reasons why this Olympics will be an exciting one for kids and parents alike, including event recommendations. OWTK

Olympic Ideas for Kids. This post is a cute overview of suggestions for parties or themed get-togethers for kids and adults, including invitation ideas and activities (Pin the Flame on the Olympic Pyre game, anyone?). While many of the ideas are for the summer olympics, the suggestions will get your brain churning in that gold medal direction. Peppers and Pollywogs

Olympic Crafts. Want an easy pattern for a laurel wreath? How about a chenille snowboarder or ski jump 3D art? This site consolidates a vast array of craft ideas, some simple (ceremonial torch) and some more complex (salt dough ice skates). Kaboose

The Paralympic Games. After the main schedule has finished, there are still more Olympic athletes to compete -- the Paralympians. Paralympic athletes are those with visual or physical handicaps, and their determination will teach your kids the meaning of the word "heroic." The Paralympic Games site shows the schedule of events, videos, and latest news. Paralympic Games

Want more? Check out the list of 2010 Vancouver Olympic Sites at Tech Savvy Mama.