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How to Combine Different Food Groups to Make a Healthy Snack
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How to Combine Different Food Groups to Make a Healthy Snack

Presented by Hannaford Snack Pals. Watch as April Byron, a nutritionist at Hannaford, walks you through how to combine different food groups to make a healthy snack!

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WinterKids Winter Playlist: Dance While Nature is Watching!
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WinterKids Winter Playlist: Dance While Nature is Watching!

One of the best tools to get your kids moving is music that inspires them to dance! In the classroom, at home, in the yard, on the trail, wherever – here is a great winter playlist to help you and your kids move, learn and explore.

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WinterKids To Celebrate the 10th Annual License to Chill With A Live Auction at Portland House of Music
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WinterKids To Celebrate the 10th Annual License to Chill With A Live Auction at Portland House of Music

Presented by the Thomas Agency and Mt. Abram, WinterKids will celebrate the 10th anniversary of their License to Chill fundraiser this Friday night, November 19 at Portland House of Music. The evening includes music with local favorite, Vinyl Tap, and culminates in a live auction hosted by Blake and Kelly from The Coast 93.1. The organization will be auctioning off 10 big-ticket items in honor of its 10th anniversary of the event.

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Carnaval Maine Returns for 2022
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Carnaval Maine Returns for 2022

WinterKids has been named the beneficiary of Carnaval Maine 2022! One hundred years after Portland celebrated its inaugural winter carnival, the party is back and bigger than ever. Carnaval Maine 2022—Fire and Ice—returns to Portland’s Eastern Promenade February 17 – 26, 2022 for a spectacular series of events and epic experiences to celebrate Winter in Maine.

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Easy Vegetable Soup Recipe Your Kids Can Make!
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Easy Vegetable Soup Recipe Your Kids Can Make!

This easy-to-make Vegetable Soup recipe is ripped straight from the pages of our Guide to Active Outdoor Learning for Pre-K, and is a great way to warm up when the weather is chilly! Let the kids do all the heavy lifting!

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Free, Virtual Outdoor Learning Training for Maine Preschool Teachers
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Free, Virtual Outdoor Learning Training for Maine Preschool Teachers

WinterKids is offering a virtual training to go alongside the WinterKids Preschool Guide to Outdoor Active Learning, aligned to Maine Early Learning Development Standards with 8 weeks of study that include active, outdoor lessons for preschoolers.

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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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Blizzard Snack
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Blizzard Snack

This “Blizzard Snack” is ripped straight from the pages of our Guide to Outdoor Active Learning, and is a great way to beat the heat with a healthy treat this summer! Let the kids do all the heavy lifting, and just make sure there’s an adult present to turn on the blender.

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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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Fruit & Veggie “Sushi”
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Fruit & Veggie “Sushi”

These fruit & veggie “sushi” roll-ups are fun to make, and even more fun to eat! Whether you have adventurous or picky eaters, this is a great way to get them to try a little something new, along with something already familiar. Making this healthy snack together is fun for the whole family!

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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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3 Ingredient Banana Popsicles
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3 Ingredient Banana Popsicles

These banana popsicles are easy to make and require just three ingredients. They’re a fun, delicious, and healthy treat that kids of any age can make for themselves!

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WinterKids Offering a FREE Spring Virtual Training for Preschool Teachers
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WinterKids Offering a FREE Spring Virtual Training for Preschool Teachers

Winter may be over, but outdoor learning happens in all seasons. WinterKids has launched a virtual training to go alongside our Preschool Guide to Outdoor Active Learning (GOAL) and for a limited time, teachers can get both the training and the GOAL binder for FREE.

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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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Tree Cookies: A Nature-Based Art Activity
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Tree Cookies: A Nature-Based Art Activity

In this nature-based art activity, students will learn more about trees, then choose something they love about winter in Maine and illustrate it on their tree cookie! 

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Melting Snow & Ice Experiment
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Melting Snow & Ice Experiment

In this activity, students will conduct an experiment in order to find which solid melts the fastest: snow or ice. Many thanks to the 2nd Grade teachers at Helen Thompson School in West Gardiner, Maine for sharing this great activity guide during the 2020 WinterKids Winter Games!

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Snow Volcanoes!
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Snow Volcanoes!

In this activity, students make volcanoes with snow and a few other ingredients. While creating their volcanoes, they will explore the states of matter – including solids, liquids, and gasses! Thank you to the wonderful teams of teachers from: Glenburn Elementary in Glenburn, Maine, Bay Ridge Elementary in Cutler, Maine, and Dr. Levesque Elementary in Frenchville, Maine, that contributed to this activity during the 2020 WinterKids Winter Games!

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12 Ideas for Outdoor Winter Fun
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12 Ideas for Outdoor Winter Fun

Studies show that getting outside helps children to be more positive, creative, and adaptable, and more importantly, has a strong potential to improve mental health in areas of general wellbeing, resilience, restoration, and cognition. We believe that the shorter, darker, winter days make getting outside more important than any other time of year. So what are you waiting for? If it’s cold where you are, bundle your children up, and give some of these ideas for outdoor winter fun a try!

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Smoothie Challenge
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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
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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
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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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