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Snowflake Study: An Outdoor Science Activity

This activity was designed for students in 2nd grade. After researching and learning about snowflakes in the classroom, students head outside to catch snowflakes and study them with magnifying glasses. Created and shared by the amazing teachers at Ames Elementary School in Searsmont, Maine!

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The Sugar is Right Game Show

Here is a fun, nutrition themed spin of the game The Price is Right, created and shared by the amazing teachers at HB Emery Jr. Memorial School in Limington, Maine!

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Hockey Hockey Hippo: A Movement Based Game

This fun movement activity brings the classic board game Hungry Hungry Hippos to life! Thank you to the wonderful team of teachers at Edna Libby Elementary School in Standish, Maine for designing, implementing, and sharing this activity! We’ve also included a list of some of our favorite children’s literature books about hockey!

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Go, Slow, Whoa Foods

This is a fun, movement-based extension activity for the Creating A Better Plate lesson from the WinterKids Guide to Active Outdoor Learning. Thank you to the wonderful team of teachers at Harrison Elementary School in Harrison, Maine who designed, implemented, and shared this activity!

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Smoothie Challenge

This is a great activity for connecting a nutrition/healthy foods study to Common Core ELA Standards. Thank you to the wonderful team of teachers at Dr. Levesque Elementary in Frenchville, Maine who designed, implemented, and shared this activity during the 2020 WinterKids Winter Games!

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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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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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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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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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How to Create Fun Nature Treasure Hunts Using Egg Cartons

Exploring the outdoors is a fun learning experience for kids of all ages. This activity will encourage children to observe the world around them by looking for natural items and collecting them in a unique and reusable container. Enjoy getting outdoors in every season, while enhancing your child’s powers of observation with this Spring Scavenger Hunt activity, straight from the pages of the WinterKids Guide to Active Outdoor Learning.

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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!

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

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

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

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!

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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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!

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

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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Farm-to-Fork Fun!

An outdoor, dramatic play activity inspired by the book Summer Supper!

After reading the story, children are invited to head to the farmers’ market to buy ingredients and make their own farm-to-fork dish! Succotash recipe card and farmer’s market shopping list downloads are provided in this blog post.

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Book of the Month: Fall in Love With Nature and the Changing Seasons

Fall is in the air! Can you feel it? Teach your kids how to fall in love with nature and the changing seasons with these picks for books of the month!

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Book of the Month: Inspire Their Curiosity for Healthy Eating and Playing in Nature!

Inspire your kids’ curiosity for ways to eat healthy and local, and for playing in nature, with these picks for book of the month!