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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

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!

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!

12 Ideas for Outdoor Winter Fun Dr Levesque 2019 Winter Games Week 1
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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!

Hockey Hockey Hippo Edna Libby
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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!

Smoothie Challenge Dr Levesque Elementary5
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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!

Water Ice Games to Stay Cool
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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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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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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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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”.

OUTDOOR ADVENTURE JOURNAL FLAT LAY
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How to Start a Summer Outdoor Adventure Journal

Fuel your child’s desire for an active summer outside by teaching them to start a summer outdoor adventure journal.

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Groundhog Day Maze

Happy Groundhog Day from team WinterKids! We’ve put together this fun little maze to add a little extra fun to your day. Can you find your way from beginning to…