A Banner Week to Get Kids Active!

2nd May, 2012 - Posted by - 6 Comments

Head Start children work on their throwing skills with HSBS Physical Activity Consultant, Terri Braun.

It’s official. It’s THE PERFECT TIME to rededicate yourself to getting the children in your world physically active!

Why this week

It’s Screen Free Week and National Physical Education Week!

What does physical activity and physical education look like in the early years? Active play, of course!

Through active play, young children learn the fundamental movement skills while also learning to enjoy moving their bodies. Focusing on active play versus screen time and other sedentary activities in the early years can help children develop the love of movement and set them on the path to a healthy lifestyle.

Visit HSBS for a variety of resources to help you incorporate movement across the curriculum. Educators will also find free online courses and webinars. Parents can download our Healthy Homes Activity Sheets and monthly Get Moving Today! Activity Calendars.

Work with or have older children? Visit the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) for activity ideas and resources.

So what are you waiting for?! It’s time to move, play, and learn!

To keep up on related news and events, look for the hashtags #ScreenFreeWk and #NatPEWeek across social media platforms. And don’t forget to let us know how you are celebrating.

Unplug and go play outdoors! ~ Bethe :-)  

Blogger Bio: Bethe Almeras, MS, is the Center Director for Head Start Body Start. A long time educator and play advocate, she is passionate about outdoor play and connecting children with nature. In her free time Bethe writes a blog, The Grass Stain Guru, and can often be found playing outside. She is particularly fond of squirrels. And turtles. And sandpipers. And…


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Susan Stewart

May 2nd, 2012 at 10:49 pm    

Thanks, Bethe, for all of these great resources! You and your staff have done a bang up job making high quality resources available in a variety of formats that are accessible to ALL early childhood teachers and caregivers and family members.

One of the things that I so appreciate about your work is the awareness and attention to incorporating the needs of young children who have disabilities into active and outdoor play and learning. I am also grateful for the linkages you provide between the research about the benefits of outdoor play and how learning can be facilitated through nature.

Keep up the good work…you have started a positive trend, but there is still much to be done and many to be reached.


May 3rd, 2012 at 3:27 am    

Thanks for all the amazing resources! Speaking as a parent, I hope this will remind families that even something as simple as getting their kids outside for a walk around the neighborhood has a number of important benefits. Bring along a camera & record what you see!


May 3rd, 2012 at 11:24 am    

Thanks, ladies! We appreciate the support. :-) Bethe


May 3rd, 2012 at 9:24 pm    

My kids go to a public school with a screen-free on weekdays media policy AND a games teacher. They come home sweaty, dirty, and SMART.

I will be using your resources this summer – especially the calendars. Sometimes coming up with the ideas are the hardest part. Thanks for the inspiration.

Karen Nemeth

May 4th, 2012 at 1:09 am    

I love what Bethe wrote, but I ALSO loved Michelle’s comment too! Even though I appreciate some use of technology with young children, I also appreciate mud! I’m happy to hear kids are coming home from school dirty and tired… And smart! Thanks for the work you do to support that, Bethe!


June 13th, 2012 at 7:37 pm    

That’s really a good activity for kids on summer. I also enroll my kids on a training involves physical activities like this every summer so they can have fun and exercise while learning.

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