July Blog_2020

Blue's Blog July 2020


July 1, 2020 - pdf version


Hey Friends!

We are in the "dog days of summer"; and some my friends hate this time of year, while others like Swing, love it! Whatever side of the fence you fall on,
know there are actives and fun things to do when the heat is on!  If you are one of the fortunate ones who has access to a pool, lucky you, but for the many of
us who don't, here are some ideas and tips to keep you, your family active and your friends safe in the summer sun!
  • Plan activities early in the day or later in the evening when the sun is less intense
  • Enjoy water play
  • Avoid drinking sugary or caffeinated drinks; opt instead for water.
  • Visit places that are shaded like a forest, your yard, if it's shaded, or put up a tent when playing at the beach.
  • Listen to your body, if you are feeling sick or lightheaded, take a break and go to a cooler place.
  • Choose indoor physical activities at home such having a dance party, watching an exercise video, making forts or creating an obstacle course.
  • Watch for signs of heat-induced illnesses; profuse sweating, headaches, dizziness, or nausea.
Also, my friends and I can’t stress it enough, be sun safe this summer:
  • Apply sunscreen with an SPF of 30, at least 30 minutes before going out in the sun.
  • Remember to apply sunscreen every one to two hours or even more often if sweating or if you're involved in water activities.
  • Wear sun safe gear such as sun glasses, wide brimmed hats, and tightly woven clothing.


-  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