If you are an elementary teacher looking for an evidence-based, innovative way to connect your students to nature, increase physical activity, and meet education standards, the WinterKids Elementary Guide to Outdoor Active Learning is for you!

WinterKids Elementary Guide to Outdoor Active Learning (GOAL), Elementary School Edition

This is your resource for incorporating outdoor education into your winter lesson plans. This binder includes easy-to-implement lessons developed by and for teachers to inspire you to take your classroom outside.

Features & Benefits:

  • Low barrier enrichment lesson plans
  • Each lesson includes an outdoor activity to reinforce the featured academic subject
  • Enhances student and teacher wellness
  • Assessments, stretches, games and more
  • Editions for ME & NH – each aligned to Common Core and state education standards.

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What’s Inside?

I think the WinterKids Guide to Outdoor Active Learning binder is great!! There are so many things that can be done to help get kids moving, yet connect it back to many areas of education as well. ELC is an alternative school for students who just can't seem to work in a public school setting. We generally try to do activities that do get them outside and moving since the kids we work with tend to do better with hands on activities.
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Stephanie Tyler
Early Learning Center, New Hampshire
Yesterday we collected some nature from our playground and made some ice catchers...the kids were so excited to see what they looked like this morning.
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Patti Henry
Day by Day Childcare, New Hampshire
We loved our WinterKids materials. The kids had so much fun using the animal track tracker. We spent many afternoons looking for new animal prints.
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Toby Watt
Wee Care Daycare, New Hampshire
The kids were so excited to go outside and therefore were more engaged in the lesson. It was also a great way for me to get a quick check in on the where the kids were with these skills.
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Kate Moore
Brown Elementary, New Hampshire
The WinterKids Guide to Outdoor Active Learning has brought so much to our school, not just in ways that keep the children physically active but also in ways to keep them engaged socially and emotionally. Many of the activities are geared to get the children working together and becoming a team, no winners, no losers...just kids having fun.
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Penni Theriault

The WinterKids Winter Games inspired 7,332 students and 1,113 teachers and staff from every county in Maine to go for the gold in 2020!

Are you a Maine Educator interested in having your students participate in the WinterKids Winter Games in January 2021?

We’d love to have you join us for a fun month of outdoor learning challenges! Simply fill out the form below, and our Education Director, Marion Doyle, will get back to you soon.

Our students are much more aware of the fun they can have in these long winter months and it’s been wonderful to hear the positive feedback from our parents. It certainly made January fly right by!




The activities gave us new, fresh ways to get the kids engaged outside. Students enjoyed the inquiry, and structure, yet freedom in the way they were able to carry out the activities. It also gave us a great chance to work together as a school, team, and community.




WinterKids schools programs are made possible with support from:

  • Betterment Fund
  • Elmina B. Sewall Foundation
  • Quimby Family Foundation
  • Hannaford
  • Irving
  • L.L.Bean
  • MMG Insurance
  • Emera Maine

Endorsed by:

  • William Dexter, M.D., WinterKids Medical Advisor
  • Director of Sports Medicine, Maine Medical Center
  • Past President, American College of Sports Medicine