• The Sensory Benefits of Raking Leaves

    The Sensory Benefits of Raking Leaves

    If you live in a northern climate, it's that time of the year again! The weather is turning cooler, Halloween is just around the corner, and soon your yard will be filled with golds, reds, yellows, and oranges. It'll be super pretty, but also pretty difficult to clean up when the time comes to rake your yard. Parents may dread this time of year...
  • Active Sidewalks: How Sidewalk Chalk Art Can Bring Play To Your School

    Active Sidewalks: How Sidewalk Chalk Art Can Bring Play To Your School

    As schools emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, communities are recognizing the need to continue to provide safe, versatile, and inexpensive ways to offer more outdoor fitness options for kids. Active Sidewalks, in conjunction with sidewalk chalk art and spray paint stencils, have emerged as the perfect blend of affordability, engagement, and enjoyment in schools and communities.
  • Student Anxiety in the Post-Pandemic Classroom

    Student Anxiety in the Post-Pandemic Classroom

    Students Are Returning To The Classroom With Heightened Anxiety Students are returning to the classroom with more anxiety than ever, according to teachers across multiple disciplines. Student anxiety has been on the rise for years but has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic to never-before-seen levels. Teachers and parents are both concerned that if what is being described as a "mental health crisis" is...
  • Playground Recess Zones and Recess Strategies For Play

    Playground Recess Zones and Recess Strategies For Play

    Planning your outdoor playspace is extremely important. According to an Aug. 2016 study conducted by the University of Missouri, titled In the Zone: An Investigation into Physical Activity during Recess on Traditional versus Zoned Playgrounds, “Researchers found that average physical activity increased by 10 percent and children averaged 175 steps more on a zoned playground compared to a traditional playground.” But what the heck is a...
  • PE Ideas - Tyrone Elementary

    PE Ideas - Tyrone Elementary

    With kids getting more and more screen time each and every day, breaks for physical activity are becoming more and more important. But how to get kids engaged in activities that teach life skills and promote physical activity? Some schools are turning to low-tech, high-energy alternatives reminiscent of yesteryears. But with a total update. Large scale, colorful games that bring diverse physical opportunities for...
  • Implementing A Healthy Lifestyle

    Implementing A Healthy Lifestyle

    Sometimes letting children sit in front of a television or play on an electronic device seems easier to keep our youth entertained rather than encouraging them to get out and play. By promoting outdoor play, we are promoting physical activity that is enjoyable and beneficial. We can implement a healthier lifestyle by incorporating these four steps below: The first step starts with us -- the...
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