WinterKids Winter Games 2021 logo

Welcome to the 4th Annual WinterKids Winter Games!

Girl Ski Equipment

WinterKids has always thought “outside of the building,” and this year is no different. With all of us taking steps to allow kids to learn in safe, fresh air settings in the midst of the pandemic, we are so happy to offer this fun-filled PLAYBook for you—to help keep our kids’ minds AND bodies active this winter, and beyond.

We extend a very special thanks to teacher, Tom Long, for developing content for this year’s PLAYbook. Thank YOU for helping your kids to have fun and stay healthy during this challenging time. Thank you for being a “winter kid!”

Be safe and be well,
Julie Mulkern, Executive Director

2021 Winter Games PLAYbook P01 1

HOW DO I BEST USE THE WINTER GAMES PLAYBOOK?

However it works best for you! We want this to be easy, accessible, and fun. Families can do the activities together at home. Teachers can use it with students at school and at home. After school and community programs can do the activities together when they gather! Do the Winter Games activities every day, once a week, twice a month— whatever works best you!

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

Supplemental Resources

The additional resources below are meant to supplement activities outlined in the Winter Games PLAYbook.

Resources to keep your family healthy and active

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

Join our Winter Games Facebook Group

Our Winter Games group is the best way to stay in the loop on news and announcements during the games! You’ll also be able to share your children’s accomplishments and access challenge materials.

This is a private group, so only other Winter Games participants will see your posts. New members, please allow 24 hours for approval on your requests to join.

Winter Games Group Mockup on iPhone web

Winter Games 2020 Orientation Webinar

Why do YOU participate in the Winter Games?

We’d like to feature you, and why you choose to participate in the WinterKids Winter Games with our community!

Week 1:

Outdoor physical activity & health circles

JANUARY 11-17, 2021

The resources below are meant to supplement activities outlined on pp 4-9 of the Winter Games PLAYbook.

Supplemental Resources for Week 1

Download all of our Week 1 resources in a single zip file.

IMPORTANT: The .ZIP file above must be accessed and downloaded from a desktop computer. File format is not compatible with mobile devices.

Individual Downloads:

Download each of our Week 1 materials individually as needed.

Week 2:

Nutrition & Food Circles

JANUARY 18-24, 2021

The resources below are meant to supplement activities outlined on pp 10-16 of the Winter Games PLAYbook.

Supplemental Resources for Week 2

Download all of our Week 2 resources in a single zip file.

IMPORTANT: The .ZIP file above must be accessed and downloaded from a desktop computer. File format is not compatible with mobile devices.

Bonus Activities:

Week 2 of the WinterKids Winter Games is Sponsored By:
Backyard Farms Logo Winter Games 2021 Sponsor

Congratulations to our Week 2 Winners!

Week 3:

Family Engagement + Social and Community Service Circles

JANUARY 25-31, 2021

The resources below are meant to supplement activities outlined on pp 17-23 of the Winter Games PLAYbook.

Supplemental Resources for Week 3

Download all of our Week 3 resources in a single zip file.

IMPORTANT: The .ZIP file above must be accessed and downloaded from a desktop computer. File format is not compatible with mobile devices.

Individual Downloads:

Download each of our Week 3 materials individually as needed.

Snowfam Examples:

These fun examples were submitted by participating schools in the 2020 Winter Games who were asked to create snow likenesses of their school principals!

Winter Games 2020 Tiebreaker Dr Levesque Elementary

Bonus Activities:

Congratulations to our Week 3 Winners!

Week 4:

Winter Celebration & Winter Fun Circles

FEBRUARY 1-5, 2021

The resources below are meant to supplement activities outlined on pp 24-30 of the Winter Games PLAYbook.

Supplemental Resources for Week 4

Download all of our Week 4 resources in a single zip file.

IMPORTANT: The .ZIP file above must be accessed and downloaded from a desktop computer. File format is not compatible with mobile devices.

Individual Downloads:

Download each of our Week 4 materials individually as needed.

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

Bingham Program logo
Hydro Quebec Logo

NUTRITION WEEK SPONSOR:

Backyard Farms Logo Winter Games 2021 Sponsor
Hannaford Snack Pals Logo 1
Johnny Seeds Logo 1
MMG Insurance 4 col
Aroma Joes Winter Games 2021 Sponsor
Playworks Winter Games 2021 Sponsor
Subway Logo Winter Games 2021 Sponsor
UNE Logo
Start Typing

MOBILE, KID-CENTERED, TEACHER-APPROVED, RESULTS-DRIVEN, AND AWARD-WINNING

229,428

Students, Teachers, and Families Impacted in Maine & New Hampshire since 2010!

WinterKids is the only nonprofit in Maine dedicated exclusively to increasing outdoor physical activity in children and families during our longest, most sedentary season.  

The shorter, darker, and colder days of winter and the increasing allure of screen time make it all too easy for kids and families to “hibernate.”  At WinterKids, we make it our business to provide kids, parents, and teachers with the right option: to get outside, get active, and have fun in the winter – and year-round.

Outdoor kids are active kids. Active kids are healthy kids. Healthy kids are happy kids. Happy kids are “winter kids.”

SEASON WRAP UP

FY2021

With outside being the safest and best place to be, WinterKids has truly thrived during the pandemic! We were able to reach nearly 27,000 kids, teachers and families in Maine and New Hampshire with creative adaptations for safe, outdoor adventures. Check out our 2020/2021 Season Wrap Up Report!

annual report

FY2020

We are so thankful for our WinterKids Family – sponsors, foundations, teams, friends, volunteers, board and staff – and most important, the KIDS we serve. 2020 was a fantastic year for our organization, reaching over 35,000 (!) kids, family members, and teachers with innovative, outdoor education programs.