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Theresa Hanten, Educational Content Consultant

Autumn Fun Puzzles for Preschoolers
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Autumn Fun Puzzles for Preschoolers

Download, print, and cut these 8 autumn fun 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 getting outside!

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WinterKids Fall Playlist: Music to Accompany Nature’s Show
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WinterKids Fall Playlist: Music to Accompany Nature’s Show

The seasons are changing, and Mother Nature is putting on a show, but you’ve got to get outside in order to see it! We’ve put together a fall playlist with 18 songs that will help inspire your kids to move, learn and explore! These songs are great for backyard play, dancing in the living room and more! Enjoy!

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WinterKids Summer Playlist: Music and Movement to Brighten Up Your Summer
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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 explore! These songs are great for backyard play, dancing in the living room and more! Enjoy!

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Animal Action Cards, Maine Wetlands Edition
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Animal Action Cards, Maine Wetlands Edition

Animal Action Cards are a fun and simple way to incorporate nature-based learning with movement. We’ve included 15 animals in this set of action cards – just a few of the many animals that you can find during spring in our Maine wetlands. We hope this activity also sparks an interest in exploring wetlands and learning more about these important habitats.

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Spring Fun Puzzles for Preschoolers
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Spring Fun Puzzles for Preschoolers

Print, laminate, and cut these 9 customizable spring 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 getting outside!

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WinterKids Spring Playlist: Music and Movement to Welcome and Appreciate the Season
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WinterKids Spring Playlist: Music and Movement to Welcome and Appreciate the Season

Our WinterKids Spring Playlist includes music for moving, learning, and exploring throughout the spring season. This playlist is great for backyard play, dancing in the living room, road tripping, yoga, and more! Enjoy!

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Summer Fun Puzzles for Preschoolers
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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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Stories & Sensory Tables: Swimming Animals
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Stories & Sensory Tables: Swimming Animals

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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Move, Learn & Explore with WinterKids: The Water Cycle + Ice Cube Painting
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Move, Learn & Explore with WinterKids: The Water Cycle + Ice Cube Painting

It’s the perfect time of year to learn about the water cycle and explore ice! This fun and refreshing activity is great for a warm summer day. In this activity, children will develop an understanding of the water cycle as they sing and move along to a song, read stories, and observe water changing from a liquid to a solid, and from a solid back to a liquid. These ideas can be adapted and used in a home setting or classroom setting.

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Stories & Sensory Tables: Exploring Sand + Sandcastles
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Stories & Sensory Tables: Exploring Sand + Sandcastles

Studies show that sensory table play can be calming, and provide an opportunity for children to work on their fine motor skills, creativity, and social skills- if they are playing at the sensory table with another child. In addition to these, sensory tables can also help develop literacy skills as children retell a story and bring it to life using items at the table! They are great for both home and classroom learning environments!

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Dramatic Play: Bike Shop
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Dramatic Play: Bike Shop

Step aside, lemonade stand! Enter: bike shop! This activity can provide hours of creative and imaginative fun, while also fostering a love for bikes! Here you will find fantastic children’s books about bikes, steps and resources for creating your own dramatic play bike shop, and our favorite children’s songs about biking. Move, learn and explore!

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Moving Mathematics for Grades 6-8
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Moving Mathematics for Grades 6-8

This learning activity is a fun way for students to reinforce math skills and be active during summer break. Please be sure to follow social distancing guidelines while working on this outdoor activity. Stay safe, stay active! Move, learn and explore!

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MOVE. LEARN. EXPLORE. with WinterKids: Spring Yoga Stories, for Preschoolers
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MOVE. LEARN. EXPLORE. with WinterKids: Spring Yoga Stories, for Preschoolers

With playgrounds, gymnastics, swimming pools, sports teams, and more currently closed for our safety, we’re having to find other ways to keep our children moving and active. Yoga can be a great option for all ages and levels! No gear is needed, it can be practiced in a small space, or outdoors, solo, or together.

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MOVE. LEARN. EXPLORE. with WinterKids: BIRDS
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MOVE. LEARN. EXPLORE. with WinterKids: BIRDS

LEARN, EXPLORE, and MOVE with us! These ideas can be adapted and used in a home setting or classroom setting. Follow along for our book recommendations, fantastic resources for learning more about birds, a simple binoculars craft for backyard bird watching, bird-themed Simon Says, songs about birds, and even bird-themed yoga!

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DIY Stick Rafts For Rainy Day Water Play
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DIY Stick Rafts For Rainy Day Water Play

We were inspired by “I LOVE the Rain” (one of our books of the month) to make little stick rafts for bugs and fairies! We anxiously waited for a rainy day to bring enough puddles and streams, so that we could give this a try. Next time it’s raining where you are, gather your supplies, slip on those rain boots and raincoats, and head outside to create your own stick rafts!

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Books of the Month: Spring is Springing!
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Books of the Month: Spring is Springing!

Spring is in the air, it’s a fun time of year to teach the kids about all the new things they can see and do outside whether rain or shine!

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Book of the Month: Keep Them Busy & Curious as We Transition from Winter to Spring
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Book of the Month: Keep Them Busy & Curious as We Transition from Winter to Spring

Our March books of the month will keep your kids busy and curious as we transition out of winter and into…spring!

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Book of the Month: Learn How Nature Stays Warm & Busy When it’s Snowy
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Book of the Month: Learn How Nature Stays Warm & Busy When it’s Snowy

Our book of the month for February teaches how nature stays warm and busy when it’s snowy outside. Whether you’re dealing with cabin fever or just looking for a fun new perspective when getting the kids outside in the snow, Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner (author) and Christopher Silas Neal (Illustrator) will reveal nature’s secret life beneath the snow.

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Learning to Measure by Measuring Snow Sport Gear
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Learning to Measure by Measuring Snow Sport Gear

Here is a simple activity for kids as you are gearing up for the new season and taking inventory for upcoming snow adventures. This is a great opportunity for kids to familiarize themselves with snow sports gear while working on their measuring skills.

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Book of the Month: Inspire the Love of Skiing and Say Hello to Winter!
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Book of the Month: Inspire the Love of Skiing and Say Hello to Winter!

December’s book of the month selections will help inspire a love for skiing and get them excited to say hello to winter…our favorite season!

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Fun Outdoor Activity: Identifying Nature Patterns
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Fun Outdoor Activity: Identifying Nature Patterns

Enjoy some time together outside while working on identifying patterns and creating patterns with natural objects. This activity is great for preschool to 2nd-grade level for either introducing the concept of patterns or for practicing and reinforcing understanding of patterns.

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Book of the Month: Increase Awareness and Engage the Senses
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Book of the Month: Increase Awareness and Engage the Senses

November’s book of the month selections will give you tools to help increase their awareness and engage their senses as you head outdoors this fall and winter!

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WinterKids Winter Warm Ups!
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WinterKids Winter Warm Ups!

Let’s get our bodies ready for winter fun! These stretches and agility challenges will help kids develop the balance, coordination, and quickness needed for many winter sports and activities.

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Book of the Month: Fall Hike Discovery and Preparing for Colder Weather
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Book of the Month: Fall Hike Discovery and Preparing for Colder Weather

Our picks for October books of the month will fuel curiosity on fall hikes, and help you as a parent or teacher learn creative ways to get outside, even when the weather is “bad”.

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