Tag Archives: outdoor play

Activities for Celebrating the Harvest

This post from Susan Root will give you plenty of ideas to celebrate the harvest in your classroom or at home!

The abundance of natural items in the fall makes it the perfect time to extend children’s learning, both indoors and out. In fact, learning will abound as you collect and explore fall items, and extend activities into different areas of the curriculum.

Read more here!


Check Out This Month’s Featured Blog!

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This month’s featured blog is authored by Sharron Krull, who writes about incorporating physical activity in everyday classrooms or programs. Discover more about the importance of movement in a child’s life. Just click here!

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Is Your Playground Safe?

Meagan Francis  shares some tips to help you as you inspect your neighborhood or school playground for safety.

She writes:

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), each year more than 200,000 children visit hospital emergency rooms with injuries sustained while playing on playground equipment. For early childhood educators, the message is clear: If you haven’t thought about the safety of your playground structures, now’s the time to start. Read more about the guidelines here!

This Month’s NEWSlink Giveaway Winner Is….

Congratulations to last issue’s winner – Stacy M. of Yuba City, CA! She won a set of our Sealife X-Ray and Photo Cards!

Subscribe to NEWSlink this month and you could win a Get Out & Get Moving Kit!

Just click here to subscribe or enter online! Tell your friends and colleagues to subscribe today or enter online! Click here to read the Contest Terms and Conditions.

From the Blogosphere: Sharin’ with Sharron

Put Your Best Foot Forward in 2012

A study just published this month in “Pediatrics,” the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, found that kids spend about 70% to 83% of their time in child care being sedentary, not counting the time spent eating and napping. Only 2% to 3% of the time is spent in vigorous activities. Educators know vigorous activity is important to children. But they cited several barriers, including concerns about injuries, focus on academics and limited outdoor space and playground equipment.

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From the Blogosphere: Sharin’ with Sharron

Take 5 and Exercise!

The brain needs to be oxygenated every 15 to 20 minutes and the best way to
accomplish that is to “get off your seat and onto your feet.” When we physically
move, we are sending blood and glucose to the brain, thus providing much needed oxygen and nutrients that help the brain to retain information, improve
concentration and focus attention. So start your day or intersperse throughout the day five different stretches or exercises.  As you lead each movement have the children count out loud to five.

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Featured Article: Great Winter Nature Activities

Great Winter Nature Activities
by Donna Johnson

Interacting with nature is the perfect hands-on activity, even in winter. The following activities are just the thing to chase away the winter blues while enhancing learning.

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