Books and Other Documents

A Place for Play - a link to the companion book to Where Do the Children Play? by Elizabeth Goodenough.

Active Play Books - a link to fun physical activities for young children by Dr. Diane Craft

Active Start for Healthy Kids - A link to the resource by Steven Virgilio, available at amazon.com.

Activities for Gross Motor Skills Development - A link to the resource by Jodene Smith, available at amazon.com.

Children's Literature about Health, Nutrition, and Safety - Permission to reprint and post provided by the National Association for the Education of Young Children

Children Moving - A link to the resource by George Graham, Melissa Parker & Shirley Holt/Hale, available at amazon.com.

Dance, Turn, Hop, Learn! - A link to the resource by Connie Bergstein Dow, available at amazon.com.

Developmental Physical Education for All Children - A link to the resource by David Gallahue & Frances Donnelly, available at amazon.com.

Designing Preschool Movement Programs - A link to the resource by Stephen Sanders, available at amazon.com.

Fit From the Start - Suggested reading list of nutrition and physical activity pre-school books created by the Healthy South Dakota Program staff.

Jump, Wiggle, Twirl & Giggle! - A link to the resource by Roberta Altman, available at amazon.com.

Kids Dig Dirt - a collection of facts, guidelines and forward-thinking language that museums can draw from while developing their own outdoor spaces.

Kids on the Move: Creative Movement for Children of All Ages - A link to the resource by Kassandra Schmutz Boyd, Jennifer Schmutz Law & Melanie Schmutz Chalk, available at amazon.com.

Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder - A link to the resource by Richard Louv, available at amazon.com. 

Learning Through Movement: Children's Literature - A link to the resource by Teacher Created Resources, available at amazon.com.

Moving and Learning Across the Curriculum - A link to the resource by Rae Pica, available at amazon.com.

Movement Stories fo Young Children: Ages 3-6 - A link to the resource by Helen Landalf, Pamela Gerke, Mark Rimland & Irene Kelly, available at amazon.com.

Moving with a Purpose: Developing Programs for Preschoolers of All Abilities - A link to the resource by Renne McCall & Diane Craft, available at amazon.com. 

Natural Learning: The Life History of an Environmental Schoolyard -  A link to the resource by Robin Moore & Herbert Wong, available at amazon.com.

Nature Play & Learning Places - new guidelines to bring nature play and learning to every community.  Developed by the Natural Learning Initiative, National Wildlife Federation, and US Forest Service.

Nature Play at Home - a guide to bossting children's healthy development and creativity. Developed by the Natural Learning Initiative and the National Wildlife Federation.

Natural Wonders, A Guide to Early Childhood for Environmental Educators -  a resource for teacher created by Minnesota Early Childhood Environmental Education Consortium.

PE Central Books - Provides a link to  books appropriate for those teaching youngsters of the preschool age at pecentral.com.

Physical Activities for Improving Children's Learning and Behavior -  A link to the resource by Billye Ann Cheatum & Allison Hammond, available at amazon.com.

Physical Education for Young Children: Movement ABCs for the Little Ones - A link to the resource by Rae Pica, available at amazon.com.

Plants for Play:  A Plant Selection Guide for Children's Outdoor Environments -   A link to the resource by Robin Moore, available at amazon.com.

Play for All Guidelines: Planning, Designing and Management of Outdoor Play Settings for All Children -  A link to the resoucrce by Robin Moore, Susan Goltsman & Daniel Iacofano, available at amazon.com.

Purposeful Play: Early Childhood Movement Activities on a Budget - A link to the resource by Renne McCall & Diane Craft, available at amazon.com. 

Ready to Use Motor Skills & Movement Station Lesson Plans for Young Children - A link to the resource by Joanne Landy & Keith Burridge, available at amazon.com. 

Ready to Use Motor Skills & Movement Activities for You Children - A link to the resource by Joanne Landy & Keith Burridge, available at amazon.com. 

Secret Spaces of Childhood - a link to the resource by Elizabeth Goodenough, available at amazon.com.

Stories on the Move - A link to the resource by Arelene Cohen, available at amazon.com.

The Book of Movement Exploration: Can You Move Like This? - A link to the resource by John Feierabend & Jane Kahan, available at amazon.com.

Where Do the Children Play? - a link to a documentary film by Michigan Television, available at amizon.com or at http://www.wfum.org/childrenplay/index.html.

Wiggle, Giggle & Shake: Over 200 Ways to Move and Learn - A link to a resource by Rae Pica, available at amazon.com.

Active Start: Physical Activity Guidelines for Children Birth to Five Years (NASPE) - A link to a one page summary created by NCAEYC in Beyond the Journal-Yound Children on the Web (May 2006).

Fact Sheet on Children's Health and Nature - by the National Environmental Education Foundation

Fact Sheet on Outdoor Play - NC Cooperative Extension Office

Testimonials

  • 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
  • ECPAI

    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