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Blue's Blog January 2020


January 10, 2020 - pdf version



Happy New Year Everyone!  Can you believe it is 2020!  Wow, time flies when you are having fun!  Speaking of fun, the other day my friends and I were at the park playing and enjoying our break from school  We played a little chase/tag, climbed a few trees, and danced to a lot of Dart’s favorite new songs.   We did notice that there weren’t that many other kids in the park.  Why do you think that was?   We thought maybe some friends thought it was too cold to be outside.   It is North Carolina, though it wasn’t a sunny 75 degree we were still nice and cozy because we wore the right cloths.  


In order to stay active outside when the mercury drops, you do need to think about what you wear.  Knowing that, we reached out to our friends at REI to find out what they suggested we wear to stay warm.  Below are a few tips to keep kids warm during the colder months:

1.  Dress in layers

2.  Get the right fit clothing and plan for growth

3.  Get the right foot wear

4.  Accessorize extremities gloves/mittens, hats, and socks

5.  Choose clothes that are made from wool or synthetic fabrics

We hope now that you know how to stay warm we will see you at the park! 


Winter is officially here and my friends and I want to you have some fun ideas to help you warm up!  Check out the Be Active Kids new one pager, “40 Winter Activities to Warm-up our Bodies.” 

Be Active Kids has many different one-page activity sheets that can be used in the classroom, at home, or during community events.  Visit the Handouts webpage which is located in the Resource section of the Be Active Kids website.  If you think you have a good idea for a new activity one-pager, let us know by sending an email to info@beactivekids.org.  We will work with you to create the one-pager and highlight you and/or your school/center on the one-pager.


We challenge each of you to spend time outdoors every day!  When you do, take a pictures and share it with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using #caughtbeingactive, #beactiveblue and @beactivekids.   We look forward to seeing you in action!


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, www.movingandlearning.com
  • 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