January 2021 Blog

Blue's Blog January 2021


January 10, 2021 - pdf version


Happy New Year Everyone!  It’s 2021 and we can say goodbye to an unbelievable 2020!  Though we are still dealing with the global pandemic, we are learning how to deal with it.  We now have a vaccine, we know our “3 W’s, Wear, Wait, and Wash” and we are all taking things outside more often.   The pandemic has changed many aspects of how we live, but we hope you will start the year off by setting goals to stay healthy and active.  



My friends and I, want to encourage everyone to keep on following the 3-W’s: Wear, Wait and Wash.   Wear a mask, it will help to keep the virus from spreading.  Wait, wait six feet apart so you are be sure to practice proper social distancing.  

Finally, wash your hands.  My friends and I sing Happy Birthday while we wash our hands with warm soapy water.   By following the 3 W’s, we hope to lower the possibility of spreading the novel coronavirus.  For a practical, education and active way to talk to children about the Coronavirus pandemic, check out our Blue the Caring Cub and COVID 19 book.


To stay active during the pandemic, many experts are encouraging taking things outside.  Being 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:


  1. Dress in layers
  2. Get the right fit clothing and plan for growth
  3. Get the right footwear
  4. Accessorize extremities gloves/mittens, hats, and socks
  5. Choose clothes that are made from wool or synthetic fabrics


Finally, with the new year hear, we encourage you to take time to set your health goals for 2021.  Remember these goals should be SMART; Specific, Measurable, Accountable, Relevant and Time bound.  Your goals should be specific and have a defined focus, while being measurable.  When setting these goals, you want to make them within reach and related to what you are trying to accomplish.  Finally, when you create your goals, make it within a set timeline to accomplish your goals.  Work hard and continue to look at your goals and you’ll succeed.


Stay safe and reach your goals each 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! 


  • 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