August Blog_2019

Blue's Blog August 2019


August 15, 2019 - pdf version

Hi everyone! I’m so excited, it’s back to school time!  Time to join my friends back at school to learn and play!  Starting soon, we’ll be waking up early, getting dressed and going to the place we love!  If this is your first time going to school, preschool or pre-k, we have some great tips to get you started on the right foot

1.      Start your school routine a few weeks before schools starts.

2.      Meet the teacher and check out the school.

3.      Be prepared by reading books and talking about school and what to expect.

4.      Eat healthy!  Start by eating healthy snacks and drinking more water by including a water bottle in the backpack.

5.      Plan something fun to reduce the stress of starting a new school year!


Back to school time is also a good time to know what to expect from our developing bodies over the next year to 18 months.   As an infant, I began to roll over, sit and pull up, grab and grasp, and even took my first steps. Soon, as a toddler I was pushing and pulling toys, walking up and down stairs, and began to run. Finally, as a preschooler I learned to throw and catch, ride a trike, balance on one foot, and climb the jungle gym.   The Be Active Kids Clubhouse Team loves school and enjoying developing our motor skills and movement concepts through structured and unstructured play.   We keep healthy by being active and having fun so we hope you’ll do the same.  For more information on appropriate motor development check out Kids Sense Child Development Charts.


If you want to try a few of our fun back to school Movement Guide activities, check out Freeze Game (p.70) and Obstacle Course (p.96).  Freeze Game works on helping us to listen, follow directions, all great skills for school and Obstacle Course lets us practice our motor skills and movement concepts in a fun and creative way.    If you ask me or any of my clubhouse friends, being active is one of the best parts of our school!


Freeze Tag Obstacle Course

Keep being active and eating healthy foods.  Share your pictures and ideas on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using #beactiveblue, #caughtbeingactive, and @beactivekids.  


See you in September for Childhood Obesity Month! 



- Blue the Caring Cub


  • 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