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The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Go, Slow, Whoa Foods

This swimming animals themed sensory play provides an opportunity for children to work on their fine motor skills, creativity, social skills and literacy skills, as children retell a story and bring it to life using items at the table!

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The Thomas Agency On Making a Difference in their Local Communities

We recently sat down with Vaughan Clark, president of The Thomas Agency (and part-owner of Mt. Abram Ski Area!) to talk about what draws them to make a difference in their community by supporting organizations like WinterKids. Here’s what he had to say…

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Smoothie Challenge

This swimming animals themed sensory play provides an opportunity for children to work on their fine motor skills, creativity, social skills and literacy skills, as children retell a story and bring it to life using items at the table!

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2020 Maine Ski Swaps

If your kids seem to outgrow things by the second, you’re not alone! COVID-19 is affecting the schedule of ski swaps you’ve come to rely on, but thankfully, there are…

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11 Outdoor Learning Activities that Celebrate Fall

The changing of the seasons each fall means incredible foliage, the return of snuggly sweaters, pumpkin-spiced everything, and best of all, an opportunity for children to spend time outside learning about all things Autumn! We’ve rounded up some fun ways you and your family can get outside this season to celebrate fall.

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Summer Fun Puzzles for Preschoolers

Print, laminate, and cut these 11 customizable summer recreation picture puzzles for preschoolers. In addition to the benefits of working on a puzzle, these can be great for vocabulary development and may spark an interest in a new outdoor sport!

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Get Kids Ouside this Winter: Become a WinterKids App Partner!

Kids in Maine and New Hampshire have a long winter season ahead of them, and will need fun ways to get outside and stay active. WinterKids is dedicated to making fun, outdoor activity accessible to all families, and we created the WinterKids App to help do just that!

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15 Ways to Incorporate Water & Ice into Active Outdoor Play & Stay Cool This Summer

The heat is on this summer, but that doesn’t mean everyone needs to stay cooped up near the air conditioner! We’ve pulled together 15 ways you can incorporate water and…

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WinterKids Summer Playlist: Music and Movement to Brighten Up Your Summer

Looking for something new to liven up these long summer days? We’ve put together a summer playlist with 52 songs that will help inspire your kids to move, learn and…

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11 Nature Play Ideas to Inspire Active Outdoor Learning this Summer

Connecting to nature can restore our sense of wellbeing. For children, this connection is best made through play – whether outdoors in nature or indoors with natural elements. That’s why…

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Season Wrap Up 2019/2020

The 2019/2020 winter season was incredible here at WinterKids! Check out our season wrap up to learn more about our impact on families, schools, and our local communities.

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Bring Summer Camp to Your Own Back Yard With Back40 and The Trail Van!

If your kids were looking forward to summer camp, but are, instead, staying home this summer, we’ve got great news: Our friends at Back40 and The Trail Van have partnered up to deliver summer camp to your back yard! Best of all, they’re offering a 20% discount, just for you, as part of our WinterKids community, and will be donating 10% of proceeds from your rentals using the discount code below to WinterKids.

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Think Your Kids Are Too Young to Talk About Race? Think Again.

If you’re concerned that your kids are too young to talk about race, you’re not alone. It can feel daunting to talk about race, gender, and class with children, but…

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How to #RecreateResponsibly during COVID-19

As parks, trails, and beaches begin to reopen, it can be confusing to navigate this “new normal” in terms of how to #RecreateResponsibly. These guidelines give advice on how to get outdoors right now.

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WinterKids Zoom Backgrounds (& Desktop Backgrounds)

Show your WinterKids pride during your next Zoom meeting, or simply improve your daily desktop view with these backgrounds from the WinterKids Downhill 24 and Welcome to Winter!

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How To Support Local Businesses While Social Distancing

Remember when you asked that small business to support your fundraiser? Now is the time to support them. Here are 5 ways you can help, and a list of businesses who have contributed to WinterKids programs.

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2020 Programs & Events Wrap Up

Celebrating Volunteer Week 2020 With Interviews & Great Memories

Volunteer Week 2020 is upon us, and we are celebrating a great winter 2019/2020 season that would not have been possible without our dedicated WinterKids volunteers! We wanted to learn more about why WinterKids volunteers are so passionate and dedicated, so we reached out to a few of our long-standing volunteers. Here’s what they had to say…

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8th Annual WinterKids Downhill 24 At Sugarloaf Mountain: Photos & Results

An epic WinterKids Downhill 24 at Sugarloaf Mountain is now on the books, shattering all previous fundraising records for this, our 8th year of the event, and 5th year at Sugarloaf Mountain!

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The Impact of WinterKids Winter Games, According to the Top 3 Winning Schools in 2020

We wanted to learn more about the impact the WinterKids Winter Games made this season, so we reached out to our top three winning schools, Prescott Memorial, Jonesport Elementary, and Dr. Levesque Elementary to share their experiences. Here’s what they had to say…

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App Deals of the Month: March

March is your last chance to use several winter offers in the WinterKids App! Many of the winter offers expire at the end of March, so use them before they disappear! Here are some of our favorites…

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WinterKids Winter Games 2020 Wrap Up Report

The WinterKids Winter Games 2020 got 32 Maine schools (2 in every county in Maine), including 7,332 kids and 1087 teachers and support staff to take their classrooms outside this winter, learning, playing, and taking advantage of the magic that is Winter in Maine! Here’s a play by play rundown of what happened during this year’s Winter Games!

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WEX, Inc.: Deeply Engaged in Volunteering, Advocating, and Giving Back

We’re honored to have the support of WEX, Inc. on several fronts. We reached out to Gabriel Weiss and Melissa Dudley to learn more about their commitment to programs like WinterKids. Here’s what they had to say.

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Knox County School Takes the GOLD in the 3rd Annual WinterKids Winter Games!

On January 6, students and staff at 32 elementary schools around the state will participate in WinterKids’ third annual WinterKids Winter Games. This outdoor physical activity and nutrition competition encourages young children to develop healthy habits over the course of the four-week program. Each school will try to earn as many points as possible for the grand prize: $5,000 donated to their school. In total 7,332 students and 1,113 teachers and staff from every county in Maine (2 schools per county) will be participating in the Winter Games.