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Wintertime: 10 Ways to Move and Learn More

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Get Moving

  1. Go sledding or ice skating: Shake off cabin fever by heading outside. Keep moving to stay warm in chilly weather. Wear appropriate winter gear, like a warm jacket, hat, and gloves. Organize a sledding event with neighborhood friends, or try ice skating at an outdoor or indoor rink. Get more tips from the Let’s Move Blog, such as those at “Let’s Move! This Winter” blog post and the “Winter Wonderland in the Outdoors” blog post.


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  3. Stretch out: Too cold to go outside? Revisit some favorite indoor activities or try some new ones this winter. For example, see if your kids would like to practice some introductory yoga poses for fitness and stress relief.



    Healthy Eating

  5. Create nutrition awareness: Rich comfort foods, like macaroni and cheese, can be tempting when the temperatures are cold! Talk with your kids about how a balanced, healthy diet provides the best energy for active kids. For younger kids, check out some resources on nutrition fun and food facts. Get creative when making snacks.


  7. Prepare a warming soup: Try making a hearty wintertime soup, such as a vegetable barley soup.


  9. Stay hydrated: Let kids know that skating, sledding, and all other active play increases the body’s need to stay hydrated, and that they need to make sure they drink plenty of water.


    History, Sociology, and Geography

  11. Learn more about the Winter Olympics: Find out more about the ancient Olympic Games. There were more than 80 nations with teams in the 2014 Winter Olympics; pick a nation and locate it on a world map, then find information on its history, culture, and languages.


    Arts Connections

  13. Pretend to be Winter Games Olympians: Make a craft Olympics torch and medals, and play act the opening and medal ceremonies.


  15. Build a Winter Olympic Park model: Ask your kids if they can design an ideal Winter Olympics park of the future, using common household items, like paper towel tubes, empty shoe, cereal, or juice boxes, paper plates, straws, and more.



  17. Learn about winter weather: Try online resources for kids to help them find out more about winter weather.


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  19. Find out more about energy: With your kids investigate energy transformation for downhill skiing. Or explore the science behind certain Winter Olympics events.



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Last Modified: 12/01/2015