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WinterKids Challenge

Move, Learn, Explore!

At WinterKids, we believe that snowy fields and frosty playgrounds make the best classrooms! WinterKids helps teachers to get their young students outside and active more often during the school day with training and enrichment materials, technical support and resources, supplies and incentives.

The WinterKids Challenge – Kid-Centered & Teacher-Approved!

Classrooms enrolled in the WinterKids Challenge agree to complete at least three outdoor, active lessons (elementary) or a 6-week unit (preschool) from the GOAL each winter season. First time teachers attend an in-person, regional training receiving toolkits and incentives. Returning teachers complete a webinar refresher and receive updated materials. The WinterKids Challenge allows children to receive more active academic opportunities in the winter and increases the concentration, learning capacity, physical activity and healthy behaviors of students.

In 7 years of the WinterKids Challenge, more than 24,000 kids and 1,780 teachers have increased their outdoor physical activity minutes by 2.2 million minutes using the WinterKids Guide to Outdoor Active Learning. Wow!

The WinterKids Challenge in Maine Schools won the Maine Public Health Association’s Public Health Program of Excellence Award in 2016.  The award recognizes one effective, efficient, evidence-based, and creative public health program each year. 

New this year: The WinterKids Winter Games!

WinterKids Challenge for Elementary Schools

WinterKids Preschool Challenge

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