Movement Guide Kit

Through funding provided by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation, Be Active Kids Movement Guides are available for free to any North Carolina child care provider or teacher who works with children birth to five years of age. Providers and teachers are asked to attend a training session given by a local Be Active Kids Trainer. Over 200 active, dedicated volunteers serve as Be Active Kids Trainers statewide. Be Active Kids Movement Guides and associated resources are distributed at training sessions where participants learn how to effectively use the kits in the classroom. For information about trainers in your county, contact the Be Active Kids Program Specialist.

Based on years of evaluation and overwhelming demand and in collaboration with the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at UNC, we have developed an extensive, evidence-based Movement Guide. This one of a kind Movement Guide has a strong focus on the development of fundamental motor skills and movement concepts that will enable children to build the foundation for a lifetime of movement and active play that is both successful and enjoyable.

Kit Contents


Movement Guide:

80 lesson plans for infants, toddlers, twos, & preschoolers*

11 essential appendices including child care rules, rating scales and more

 * Be Active Kids lesson plans are designed to be developmentally appropriate, fun, and interactive for children birth to five year of age. Each lesson activity is designed around motor skills, movement concepts, and academic connections.  The five cuddly and adventurous Be Active Kids characters include Blue the caring cub, Glide the bird, Swing the monkey, Leap the rabbit, and Dart the dog. Using these characters as their guides, children can take an imaginary trip to the park, hike to a farm, tackle an indoor obstacle course, and much more.


Trainers Guide

  • Training script
  • Useful handouts and forms
  • Be Active Kids clip art


Classroom posters

One-Pager Play Resources


These links should be used for reference only, and should not serve as a substitute for the actual kit.


If you received your Be Active Kids kit before January 1, 2014, you need to update your training and receive a new Movement Guide. The previous Be Active Kids kit and associated curricular resources are still effective and can be used.  Please note that some of the nutritional information in the old kits and statistics in the trainers guide (CD-ROM) are likely to be out-of-date.


  • Preservice Teachers Learn to Use Be Active Kids in Limited Spaces

    I really enjoyed our class meeting. It was interesting to discover that you can do just about anything with children in the classroom where there may not be much space to encourage them to be active.  A change that I will make in my own life is to be more active, as well as my daughter. I will share this information with my friends that have children such as yoga animals, or Simon Says.

    Cathy Sesta, Parent & Child Care Provider
  • Early Childhood Physical Activity Institute

    Thank you for inviting me to be part of this year’s Institute. I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed the experience. You’re doing amazing work and I hope I’ll be able to continue contributing to it a bunch in the future.

    Rae Pica,
  • Plenty of Resources That I Can Use and Share

    This class was informative, and I look forward to being physically active with young children. On Friday, I volunteered at a Parents Night Out through my daughter's school. When I got there the kids were watching a movie. I got them up to play Simon Says and Red Light Green Light, however, after that I was stuck on what to do. I wish I had the knowledge I gained from this class, to have made it more exciting.

    I enjoyed your Land and Lake Activity.

    Venessa Wright, Parent & Child Care Provider
  • Be Active Kids Trainers Rock!

    I loved the training.  I would have loved it more if I had the other teachers from my center there also.  I am really looking forward to taking my kit to work and sharing it with my staff.  I liked Brittney, she reminded me of myself as far as being very active and motivated.  When I am at work with my little ones we stay busy all day.  I feel like singing my instructions and dancing my actions helps them to focus better on what I need for them to do.  Britney was great and I learned a lot from her. I am always trying to find new little ways to get the kids moving.

    Tiffany Daniel, Sandhill Community College

    The Early Childhood Physical Activity Institute was just wonderful!  Thank you again for including me in such an important effort to create and sustain leaders in EC physical activity. I would love to return to NC anytime that you think I can help. I enjoyed meeting the folks who work with you and hearing about all of the great things that are planned. 

    Linda Carson, Choosy Kids
  • Be Active Kids has Much to Offer

    Congratulations to you and everyone who has been promoting PA for young
    children in NC. You have much to be proud of here. Be Active Kids is an excellent source of ideas for promoting active play in unstructured settings. The Be Active Kids website also has resources on promoting unstructured active play. I encourage folks to review these resources. 

    Diane Craft, SUNY Cortland & Active Play Books