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WinterKids Challenge

Move, Learn, Explore!

At WinterKids, we believe that snowy fields and frosty trails make the best classrooms!

Students and teachers enrolled in our popular WinterKids Challenge program agree to complete at least three outdoor, active lessons from WinterKids' Guide to Outdoor Active Learning per winter season.

WinterKids Challenge Schools “document” their outdoor learning adventures with fun photos, videos, blogs, and more!  In its first 5 years, the WinterKids Challenge reached 15,077 kids for 1,356,840 minutes of outdoor physical activity!

In 2015, the WinterKids Challenge expanded to New Hampshire!  The program is now available in Coos, Merrimack, and Belknap counties.  The Guide to Outdoor Active Learning for New Hampshire is aligned to N.H. Education Frameworks and Common Core Standards.

Last winter, 4,600 students in schools all over Maine completed the WinterKids Challenge! Kudos to all of our Challenge teachers at the schools below, who made learning fun & active all winter long! You rock!

Award Winning Program

The WinterKids Challenge received the Maine Public Health Association’s (MPHA) Public Health Program of Excellence award in October 2016. The MPHA Public Health Program of Excellence recognizes effective, efficient, evidence-based, and creative public health programming in Maine. The Maine Public Health Association is dedicated to improving and sustaining the health and well-being of all Maine residents. For more information on MPHA’s efforts, visit www.mainepublichealth.org.

MPHA Public Health Program of Excellence

2015-2016 WinterKids Challenge School

Does the Challenge Work?

How to Meet the WinterKids Challenge:

  • At least 3 teachers in your school must commit to the Challenge (More than 3 is even better. We love the snowball effect!)
  • Each participating teacher must facilitate at least 3 different lessons from the WinterKids GOAL over the course of the winter (i.e. a nutrition lesson in December, a math lesson in January, and a writing lesson in February)
  • Each participating teacher must complete brief evaluation forms following each active, outdoor lesson, as well as a survey at the end of the winter season
  • Most important of all: make learning fun and show us happy, healthy students having a blast in the winter!

What's in it for you? A lot!

  • A free innovative teaching and learning opportunity
  • Happy, active, and healthy kids make stronger students
  • WinterKids Challenge Orientation/Training for all participating teachers
  • The WinterKids Challenge Toolkit (includes the GOAL, a starter lesson kit, tips for success, and evaluation materials)
  • Publicity for your school (including a feature in WinterKids' e-newsletter)
  • Networking opportunities with other WinterKids Challenge Schools
  • Ongoing technical assistance from WinterKids staff
  • Online access to all WinterKids Challenge materials
  • WinterKids Challenge poster for your classroom

Kingfield Elementary WinterKids Wellness Day 2015

To learn more about how you can participate in the WinterKids Challenge, please contact Marion Doyle, Program Director, at 207-871-5700 x103. To email Marion, please click here.

Lesson Materials for WinterKids Challenge teachers

Elementary Teachers

The nutrition lessons in the GOAL are popular and easy to facilitate! You can download and print ready-to-use food group signs & food cards here (be sure to laminate them for extended use!)

Need a lesson evaluation form? Click here to download it!

Early Childhood Educators

Need an activity evaluation form? Click here to download it!

The WinterKids Challenge is made possible with support from:

  • Betterment Fund
  • Elmina B. Sewall Foundation
  • Hannaford
  • Heisman Trophy Trust
  • Jane B. Cook 1983 Trust
  • L.L.Bean
  • MMG Insurance
  • Neil & Louise Tillotson Fund of the NH Charitable Foundation
  • Quimby Family Foundation
  • TD Charitable Foundation

Endorsed by WIlliam Dexter, M.D., WinterKids Medical Advisor