Welcome to the 6th Annual WinterKids Winter Games!

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My Wild Winter WinterKids Winter Games 2023
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This year, you are among over 10,000 kids and teachers participating in the Winter Games! Wow! You will complete 4 weeks of WILD winter challenges with your friends and families with these themes: Outdoor Physical Activity, Nutrition, Family Engagement, and Winter Carnival.

Our WILD Winter theme encourages you to get wild and tune in to nature – using your imagination, problem solving skills, and resilience. This 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.

We are so excited to help you stay healthy at school and at home this winter! Good luck, stay safe, and be WILD!

Julie MulkernYours in health and competitive spirit,
Julie Mulkern, Executive Director, WinterKids

WINTERKIDS MISSION:

“WinterKids helps children develop healthy lifelong habits through education and fun, outdoor winter activity.”

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.

DRESSING FOR WINTER 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.

PLEASE NOTE: LINKS & DOWNLOADS ON THIS PAGE WILL EXPIRE ON 3/31/23

Snowflake Group

Download the Playbook

Our 2023 My WILD Winter PLAYBook is your guide to the Games! Make a plan to get outside to try the activities, and don’t forget your camera! Submit photos to win prizes from WinterKids and Central Maine Power!

This PLAYBook was designed for students in grades K-8, but you will find adaptations for Early Learners below as well!

Remember to Move, Learn, and Explore in the outdoors. It is good for you!

Winter Games 2023 Schedule

  • Snowflake - PICTON BLUE

    Week 1: Outdoor Physical Activity

    January 9-13, 2023

  • Snowflake - MINION YELLOW

    Week 2: Nutrition

    January 16-20, 2023
    Sponsored by Backyard Farms

  • Snowflake - TELE MAGENTA

    Week 3: Family Engagement

    January 23-January 27, 2023
    Sponsored by Subway & Aroma Joe’s

  • Snowflake - ST PATRICKS BLUE

    Week 4: Winter Carnival

    January 30-February 3, 2023

Supplemental Materials

Printed copies of these materials were included with the toolkit we delivered to your school, but if you would also like to download digital copies, you may do so here:

As part of our Competitive Track, we provide our Learn Outside Guide to the teachers in your school at no cost. The download above is meant to supplement the Games strictly for teachers at your school. We would greatly appreciate it if you did not distribute this download outside your organization. Instead, please refer other interested parties to THIS PAGE on our website to purchase a copy.

Sample Press Release for Local Media Outreach

Please download and use this sample press release to inform local media about your schools’ involvement in the 2023 WinterKids Winter Games Competitive Track.

Orientation

If you missed our live orientation on Dec 13, please take the time to familiarize yourself with this year’s materials and resources by watching this video. It’s full of helpful tips and details you may otherwise miss during the days leading up to the Winter Games!

Week 1: Outdoor Physical Activity
JANUARY 9-13, 2023

Steps to Submit Your Scoring Rubric and Moment of the Week Entry:

  1. Save your “Moment of the Week” file on your computer.
  2. Complete your scoring rubric. You can use the copy in your Rules & Regulations booklet or download an additional copy here. Scan or photograph the sheet with your scores and save it to your computer.
  3. Click on the link BELOW to submit your files.
  4. Make sure you see a confirmation on the screen after clicking “Submit” to ensure we have received your materials. You will also receive a copy and confirmation via email after submission. If you don’t see an email, check your spam filter for an email from info@winterkids.org, and add this address to your safe sender list.
  5. Have trouble, or have additional questions? Reach out to Marion Doyle (mdoyle@winterkids.org).

GET EXCITED FOR THESE FUN CHALLENGES!

This Week’s Activities:

MOVING MONDAY 1

Activity 1:
OPENING CEREMONY

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Week 1 Activity 1

Activity 2:
DO YOU WANT TO BUILD A SNOWMAN?

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Week 1 Activity 2
WILD CARD WEDNESDAY

Activity 3:
Pick Your Own WILD Activity!

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Week 1 Activity 3

Activity 4:
DYNAMIC WARM-UP FOR WINTER FTNESS

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Week 1 Activity 4
FRIENDSHIP FRIDAY

Activity 5:
CLOTHING DRIVE

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Week 1 Activity 5

GOING FURTHER...

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!

Secret Wild Ingredient WOOD 3

ENTER THE CMP PHOTO CONTEST!

Create an outdoor art project using this week’s “Secret WILD Ingredient,” submit a photo of it to CMP, and enter to win $500 for your school!

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS

❉ Create an outdoor art project using the week’s “Secret WILD Ingredient”!

❉ Submit your photo via email to cmpgiving@cmpco.com (please include your name and your school’s name) by midnight on Friday to be eligible for this week’s drawing.

FOLLOW CMP on Facebook (optional), where they will share a photo album each week with all of your photos.

❉ One winner will be selected AT RANDOM each week. Winners will be announced on Facebook and notified via email.

Enter to win prizes from WinterKids

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!

Bonus Activities

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

Week 2: Nutrition
January 16-20, 2023

Steps to Submit Your Scoring Rubric and Moment of the Week Entry:

  1. Save your “Moment of the Week” file on your computer.
  2. Complete your scoring rubric. You can use the copy in your Rules & Regulations booklet or download an additional copy here. Scan or photograph the sheet with your scores and save it to your computer.
  3. Click on the link BELOW to submit your files.
  4. Make sure you see a confirmation on the screen after clicking “Submit” to ensure we have received your materials. You will also receive a copy and confirmation via email after submission. If you don’t see an email, check your spam filter for an email from info@winterkids.org, and add this address to your safe sender list.
  5. Have trouble, or have additional questions? Reach out to Marion Doyle (mdoyle@winterkids.org).
MOVING MONDAY 1

Activity 1:
OUTDOOR CUP RELAY RACE

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Week 2 Activity 1

Activity 2:
LIFE IS WILD

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Week 2 Activity 2
WILD CARD WEDNESDAY

Activity 3:
Pick Your Own WILD Activity!

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Week 2 Activity 3

Activity 4:
BREAKFAST COUNTS

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Week 2 Activity 4
FRIENDSHIP FRIDAY

Activity 5:
FOOD DRIVE

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Week 2 Activity 5

GOING FURTHER...

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!

Secret Wild Ingredient ICE 2

ENTER THE CMP PHOTO CONTEST!

Create an outdoor art project using this week’s “Secret WILD Ingredient,” submit a photo of it to CMP, and enter to win $500 for your school!

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS

❉ Create an outdoor art project using the week’s “Secret WILD Ingredient”!

❉ Submit your photo via email to cmpgiving@cmpco.com (please include your name and your school’s name) by midnight on Friday to be eligible for this week’s drawing.

FOLLOW CMP on Facebook (optional), where they will share a photo album each week with all of your photos.

❉ One winner will be selected AT RANDOM each week. Winners will be announced on Facebook and notified via email.

Enter to win prizes from WinterKids

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!

Bonus Activities

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

Week 3: Family Engagement
JANUARY 23-27, 2023

Steps to Submit Your Scoring Rubric and Moment of the Week Entry:

  1. Save your “Moment of the Week” file on your computer.
  2. Complete your scoring rubric. You can use the copy in your Rules & Regulations booklet or download an additional copy here. Scan or photograph the sheet with your scores and save it to your computer.
  3. Click on the link BELOW to submit your files.
  4. Make sure you see a confirmation on the screen after clicking “Submit” to ensure we have received your materials. You will also receive a copy and confirmation via email after submission. If you don’t see an email, check your spam filter for an email from info@winterkids.org, and add this address to your safe sender list.
  5. Have trouble, or have additional questions? Reach out to Marion Doyle (mdoyle@winterkids.org).
MOVING MONDAY 1

Activity 1:
OUTDOOR BINGO

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Week 3 Activity 1

Activity 2:
JUMP UP, SCRUNCH DOWN

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Week 3 Activity 2
WILD CARD WEDNESDAY

Activity 3:
Pick Your Own WILD Activity!

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Week 3 Activity 3

Activity 4:
HANDSHAKE ALTERNATIVES

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Week 3 Activity 4
FRIENDSHIP FRIDAY

Activity 5:
THANK A SPONSOR SNOWFLAKE

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Week 3 Activity 5

GOING FURTHER...

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!

Secret Wild Ingredient LEAVES 2

ENTER THE CMP PHOTO CONTEST!

Create an outdoor art project using this week’s “Secret WILD Ingredient,” submit a photo of it to CMP, and enter to win $500 for your school!

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS

❉ Create an outdoor art project using the week’s “Secret WILD Ingredient”!

❉ Submit your photo via email to cmpgiving@cmpco.com (please include your name and your school’s name) by midnight on Friday to be eligible for this week’s drawing.

FOLLOW CMP on Facebook (optional), where they will share a photo album each week with all of your photos.

❉ One winner will be selected AT RANDOM each week. Winners will be announced on Facebook and notified via email.

Enter to win prizes from WinterKids

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!

Bonus Activities

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

Week 4: Winter Carnival
January 30-February 3, 2023

Steps to Submit Your Scoring Rubric and Moment of the Week Entry:

  1. Save your “Moment of the Week” file on your computer.
  2. Complete your scoring rubric. You can use the copy in your Rules & Regulations booklet or download an additional copy here. Scan or photograph the sheet with your scores and save it to your computer.
  3. Click on the link BELOW to submit your files.
  4. Make sure you see a confirmation on the screen after clicking “Submit” to ensure we have received your materials. You will also receive a copy and confirmation via email after submission. If you don’t see an email, check your spam filter for an email from info@winterkids.org, and add this address to your safe sender list.
  5. Have trouble, or have additional questions? Reach out to Marion Doyle (mdoyle@winterkids.org).
MOVING MONDAY 1

Activity 1:
MINI DISC GOLF

Playbook p 25

Week 4 Activity 1

Activity 2:
WILD MASK (FOR PARADE/CARNIVAL)

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Week 4 Activity 2
WILD CARD WEDNESDAY

Activity 3:
Pick Your Own WILD Activity!

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Week 4 Activity 3

Activity 4:
NATURAL RESOURCES

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Week 4 Activity 4
FRIENDSHIP FRIDAY

Activity 5:
SNOWBALL CAIRNS

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Week 4 Activity 5

GOING FURTHER...

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!

Secret Wild Ingredient DRIVEWAY ART 1

ENTER THE CMP PHOTO CONTEST!

Create an outdoor art project using this week’s “Secret WILD Ingredient,” submit a photo of it to CMP, and enter to win $500 for your school!

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS

❉ Create an outdoor art project using the week’s “Secret WILD Ingredient”!

❉ Submit your photo via email to cmpgiving@cmpco.com (please include your name and your school’s name) by midnight on Friday to be eligible for this week’s drawing.

FOLLOW CMP on Facebook (optional), where they will share a photo album each week with all of your photos.

❉ One winner will be selected AT RANDOM each week. Winners will be announced on Facebook and notified via email.

Enter to win prizes from WinterKids

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!

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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DOWNLOAD THE WINTERKIDS APP!

As part of the WinterKids Winter Games Competitive Track, we provide all your students with a FREE 1-Year Family Membership for the WinterKids App ($40 value)! Please check your toolkit for the App cards provided and share them with all families. These offer a unique discount code that all your families can redeem for their free membership.

See below for helpful videos illustrating how to log into the app and explore various offers for free and discounted outdoor activities across the state!

Download on the App Store

Get it on Google Play

THE 2023 WINTER GAMES ARE MADE POSSIBLE THANKS TO GENEROUS SUPPORT FROM:

Presented by:

Weekly Sponsors:

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