Enhanced Learning, Movement, & Fun in the Winter!

If you are an early childhood educator looking for fun and creative ways to teach your students about all things winter, look no further!

WinterKids Guide to Outdoor Active Learning (GOAL), Preschool Edition

This is your resource for hands-on, winter-themed activities for indoors and out.

Designed by and for early childhood educators, the Preschool GOAL is organized in four units:

  1. Be a WinterKid!
  2. Animals in Winter
  3. Healthy Me!
  4. Spring Forward!

These units are easy to implement and provide eight weeks of active winter fun. Editions are available for Maine and New Hampshire, each aligned to state early learning standards.

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Purchase a Copy of GOAL for Your Classroom:

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 Preschool Challenge

Do you want incentives and prizes for getting outside during Maine’s best season? Join the WinterKids Preschool Challenge, an award-winning, evidence-based program that will help you and your students to move, learn and explore outdoors.

What is the WinterKids Preschool Challenge?

  • Attend a regional training or join a WinterKids webinar
  • Facilitate 5 (or more) outdoor gross-motor activities from the Preschool GOAL
  • Complete a brief survey following each activity
  • Send photo and video testimonials of your kids engaging in healthy outdoor fun

What’s in it for YOU? A lot!

  • A free, innovative teaching and learning opportunity
  • A certificate of contact hours for training/webinar participation
  • The WinterKids Challenge Toolkit (includes the Preschool GOAL, a starter lesson kit, tips for success, and evaluation materials, WinterKids Challenge Poster, incentives)
  • Networking opportunities with other WinterKids Preschool Challenge Schools
  • Ongoing technical assistance from WinterKids staff
  • Online access to WinterKids Challenge materials
  • A fun wellness opportunity for you and your kids

Request More Info & Join:

Endorsed by:

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

Does the Challenge Work? The Data Says So!

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The WinterKids Challenge and Guide to Outdoor Active Learning, Preschool Edition, are Made Possible With Support from:

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