Welcome to the 5th Annual WinterKids Winter Games Play-Along Track!

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This year, you are among 11,000+ kids and teachers participating in the Winter Games! Wow! You will complete 4 weeks of WinterKids “Olympic” Winter Games challenges with your friends and families with these themes: Outdoor Physical Activity, Nutrition, Family Engagement, and Winter Carnival.

Our fun-filled PLAYBook will help to keep your mind AND body active this winter, and beyond. WinterKids is with you every step of the way to offer support, answer questions, and be your biggest cheerleader.

Outdoor kids are active kids. Active kids are healthy kids. Healthy kids are happy kids. Happy kids are winter kids! WinterKids is excited to help you stay healthy at school and at home this winter! Good luck, stay safe, and have fun!

Julie MulkernYours in health,
Julie Mulkern, Executive Director, WinterKids

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TRAINING TIPS

Look for Jack the Yeti, who will be helping you out throughout the games with fun Training Tips. Jack the Yeti was created by Jack Horton of Old Town, last year’s Winter Games mascot winner. Great job, Jack!

LEARN & SHARE IDEAS

Make sure you’ve joined the WinterKids Winter Games Facebook group. There, you will find inspiration from other teachers and families through photos, videos, and information.

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Stay Active Beyond the Games

Download a WinterKids App membership for your family. Use discount code: WKWG22 to get your membership for just $15! The membership is for up to five family members and includes free and discounted tickets to winter sports areas across Maine.

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Download the Playbook

Our 2022 Playbook is your guide to the Games! Utilize it as you see fit each week and you’ll have chances to enter to win prizes from WinterKids, and our partners at Hannaford Snack Pals, and Central Maine Power!

Remember to move, learn, and explore in the outdoors. It is good for you!

Winter Games 2022 Schedule

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    Week 1: Outdoor Physical Activity

    January 17-21, 2022

    Resources

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    Week 2: Nutrition

    January 24-28, 2022
    Sponsored by Backyard Farms

    Resources

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    Week 3: Family Engagement

    January 31-February 4, 2022
    Sponsored by Subway & Aroma Joe’s

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    Week 4: Winter Carnival

    February 7-11, 2022

    Resources

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Dressing for Safety

We all need to think “safety” when it comes to dressing for winter activities – to keep us warm and dry and stay visible when it gets dark since there are fewer hours of daylight.

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Resources to keep your family/students healthy and active

Our favorite resources for keeping your family active, overall mental wellness, and places to play outside in Maine and New Hampshire.

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Week 1: Outdoor Physical Activity
JANUARY 17-21, 2022

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Activity 1:
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Walk

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Activity 2:
Snowball Biathlon

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Activity 3:
Bobsledding

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Activity 4:
Snowshoeing

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Activity 5:
Science of Skating

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Supplemental Materials

These additional resources are meant to supplement activities outlined on pp 4-11 of the Winter Games PLAYbook.

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How To Stretch

Always stretch before getting active! These instructions are pulled straight from the pages of the WinterKids Learn Outside Guide.

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Move It!

Learn about friction, force, and resistance in this fun activity, pulled from the pages of the WinterKids Learn Outside Guide.

Snowball Biathlon Target

Print and cut out this graphic, and follow the instructions on page 6 of the Winter Games Playbook to create your own Snowball Biathlon Target!

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The Science of Sledding

Sledding is science! This activity from our Learn Outside Guide is the perfect accompaniment to this week’s Activity #3: Bobsledding.

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Equipment Measure Up

Take math outside with this fun activity, pulled from the pages of the WinterKids Learn Outside Guide. This is the perfect accompaniment to this week’s Activity #4: Snowshoeing.

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Ice Skating Pointers

Get pointers for beginning skaters in this “Ice Skating Unit” from our Learn Outside Guide. This is the perfect accompaniment to this week’s Activity #5: Science of Skating.

Bonus Activities

Take your Week 1 (Physical Activity) outdoor learning fun even further with these bonus activities from the WinterKids Blog:

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Congratulations on Completing Week 1!

Keep that Winning Streak Going!

EARN YOUR BADGE!

Complete the Hannaford Snack Pals weekly activities to earn your Snack Pals Winter Games Badge and unlock secret coloring pages!

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ENTER THE CMP PHOTO CONTEST!

Submit your favorite winter activity photo to cmpgiving@cmpco.com with your name and your school’s name.

CMP CONTEST DETAILS

❉ Submissions received Friday – Wednesday are posted on Thursday.

❉ The photo with the most “likes” wins that week!

❉ The week 1, 2 and 3 winners will receive a $500 donation to their school for school supplies.

❉ On week 4, the three previous week’s winning photos will be posted for final votes.

❉ The winner with the most “likes” will receive a $1,000 donation to their school for school supplies.

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ENTER TO WIN WEEKLY PRIZES!

We’re building a photo album of your winter fun! Upload your photos weekly and enter to win weekly prizes!

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Week 2: Nutrition
JANUARY 24-28, 2022

Sponsored By:
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Activity 1:
Water Tracker

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Activity 2:
Sugar Bucks

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Activity 3:
Foods from Around the World

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Activity 4:
Backyard Farms Busy Bee’s Winter Fun

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Activity 5:
Create a Healthy Public Service Announcement

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More Tips & Fun Activity Ideas

These additional resources are meant to supplement activities outlined on pp 12-18 of the Winter Games PLAYbook.

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Nutrition for Winter Activity

Get tips to learn the best types of food to eat before outdoor activities, pulled straight from the pages of the WinterKids Learn Outside Guide.

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Sugar Bucks

Print these sugar bucks, cut them out, and give your students a “budget” to go “shopping” for snacks from the items you set up as part of this week’s Sugar Bucks activity (p. 13 of the Playbook).

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5-2-1-0 Relay Race

Reviewing healthy behaviors outdoors is fun. Check out this fun 5-2-1-0 Relay Race from our Learn Outside Guide!

Learn How to Make Healthy Choices

Making healthier choices is fun with our “Creating a Better Plate” activity from the WinterKids Learn Outside Guide!

Heart Health!

Incorporate heart health this week. Try the “Cardiovascular Health” activity from the WinterKids Learn Outside Guide!

Bonus Activities

Take your Week 2 (Nutrition) outdoor learning fun even further with these bonus activities from the WinterKids Blog:

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Congratulations on Completing Week 2!

Keep that Winning Streak Going!

EARN YOUR BADGE!

Complete the Hannaford Snack Pals weekly activities to earn your Snack Pals Winter Games Badge and unlock secret coloring pages!

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ENTER THE CMP PHOTO CONTEST!

Submit your favorite winter activity photo to cmpgiving@cmpco.com with your name and your school’s name.

CMP CONTEST DETAILS

❉ Submissions received Friday – Wednesday are posted on Thursday.

❉ The photo with the most “likes” wins that week!

❉ The week 1, 2 and 3 winners will receive a $500 donation to their school for school supplies.

❉ On week 4, the three previous week’s winning photos will be posted for final votes.

❉ The winner with the most “likes” will receive a $1,000 donation to their school for school supplies.

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ENTER TO WIN WEEKLY PRIZES!

We’re building a photo album of your winter fun! Upload your photos weekly and enter to win weekly prizes!

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Week 3: Family Engagement
JANUARY 31-FEBRUARY 4, 2022

Sponsored By:
Aroma Joes Winter Games 2021 Sponsor
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Activity 1:
Team or Family Pennant

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Weekly Fun For the Whole Family:
Family Outdoor Bingo

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Other Fun Family Games:
Winter Charades & Winter Trivia

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More Tips & Fun Activity Ideas

These additional resources are meant to supplement activities outlined on pp 19-24 of the Winter Games PLAYbook.

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Outdoor Art!

Build it, then sketch it! Try this “Still Live Snow People” activity from the WinterKids Learn Outside Guide.

Icy Sun Catchers

These icy sun catchers are beautiful! Download our instructions from the WinterKids Guide to Active Outdoor Learning (Pre-K Editioin).

Snow Painting!

Check out this fun “Spray Paint the Snow” activity from our Pre-K Guide to Active Outdoor Learning.

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Build a Snow Fort!

Check out this “Historic Forts” lesson from the WinterKids Learn Outside Guide!

Make a Compass Outside!

Check out this “Stick it to the North” activity from the WinterKids Learn Outside Guide!

Find your target heart rate!

Find the formula to calculate your own target heart rate in “Snowshoe Lesson 1” from the WinterKids Learn Outside Guide!

Bonus Activities

Take your Week 3 (Family Engagement) outdoor learning fun even further with these bonus activities from the WinterKids Blog:

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Congratulations on Completing Week 3!

Keep that Winning Streak Going!

EARN YOUR BADGE!

Complete the Hannaford Snack Pals weekly activities to earn your Snack Pals Winter Games Badge and unlock secret coloring pages!

CMP Badge

ENTER THE CMP PHOTO CONTEST!

Submit your favorite winter activity photo to cmpgiving@cmpco.com with your name and your school’s name.

CMP CONTEST DETAILS

❉ Submissions received Friday – Wednesday are posted on Thursday.

❉ The photo with the most “likes” wins that week!

❉ The week 1, 2 and 3 winners will receive a $500 donation to their school for school supplies.

❉ On week 4, the three previous week’s winning photos will be posted for final votes.

❉ The winner with the most “likes” will receive a $1,000 donation to their school for school supplies.

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ENTER TO WIN WEEKLY PRIZES!

We’re building a photo album of your winter fun! Upload your photos weekly and enter to win weekly prizes!

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Week 4: Winter Carnival
FEBRUARY 7-11, 2022

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Activity 1:
Podiums

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Activity 2:
Winter Sports

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Activity 3:
Parade of Flags in Uniforms

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Activity 4:
Winter Carnival Promotion

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Activity 5:
Winter Carnival MadLib

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Helpful Resources for Winter Carnival Week

These additional resources are meant to supplement activities outlined on pp 19-24 of the Winter Games PLAYbook.

Looking for Transition Tips?

Find some in “Keeping Your Students Focused” from the the WinterKids Learn Outside Guide.

Think About Sports!

Take the “Student Fitness Questionnaire from our WinterKids Learn Outside Guide!

Bonus Activities

Take your Week 4 (Winter Carnival) outdoor learning fun even further with these bonus activities from the WinterKids Blog:

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Congratulations on Completing Week 4!

Keep that Winning Streak Going!

EARN YOUR BADGE!

Complete the Hannaford Snack Pals weekly activities to earn your Snack Pals Winter Games Badge and unlock secret coloring pages!

CMP Badge

ENTER THE CMP PHOTO CONTEST!

Submit your favorite winter activity photo to cmpgiving@cmpco.com with your name and your school’s name.

CMP CONTEST DETAILS

❉ Submissions received Friday – Wednesday are posted on Thursday.

❉ The photo with the most “likes” wins that week!

❉ The week 1, 2 and 3 winners will receive a $500 donation to their school for school supplies.

❉ On week 4, the three previous week’s winning photos will be posted for final votes.

❉ The winner with the most “likes” will receive a $1,000 donation to their school for school supplies.

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ENTER TO WIN WEEKLY PRIZES!

We’re building a photo album of your winter fun! Upload your photos weekly and enter to win weekly prizes!

THE WINTER GAMES ARE MADE POSSIBLE THANKS TO GENEROUS SUPPORT FROM:

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