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5 Ways to Keep Kids Busy During Winter Break

Boredom busters to help you keep your sanity.Having a winter break backup plan can definitely help keep kids happy, engaged and off the couch.  Here are 5 fun and affordable ideas:1.       Snow Painta.       Live in a snowy area? All you need is a spray bottle (or more); food coloring and water.  Fill the bottles up with water, add 1 color to each bottle and head outside to the snow. b.      Make a coloring game or inspire individual creativity!  Hours of creative play are waiting.2.       Indoor Obstacle Coursea.       Set up a string “laser” maze for your kids.b.      Ends up being a great workout mental and physical workout!3.       Kids Newspapera.       Have your kids interview their friends, neighbors they know or family...
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Best "Worst" Christmas Gifts

What’s the Best “Worst” Gift You’ve Ever Received?Bad gift stories from the staff and friends of Adventure to Fitness.Everyone has had a bad gift experience. I thought it would be interesting to ask around HQ and allow the Adventure to Fitness team to share a few of their stories:“I received a shirt one year that I suspected was a re-gift.  It was ugly and obnoxious in color. The following year, I received the same shirt again (exact style and brand) from the same person.  But this time, it was an even more obnoxious color and 1 size larger!  Not only was the shirt just plain ugly, but apparently this person thought I had gotten fat!” – Michael Rhattigan, CEO of Adventure to Fitness“In 3rd grade, my class did a gift exchange and my classmate and I agreed to get each other a Barbie doll.  On the day of the exchange, my classmate gave me a box of rose-shaped soaps while she got to enjoy a brand new Barbie.”...
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What Do Teachers Really Want for Christmas?

What Do Teachers Really Want for Christmas? 5 Gift Ideas Teachers Will Love!The struggle is real.  What do you get your child’s teacher for Christmas?  Or better yet, what do you get your fellow teaching staff members?  You want to get something they will use, but you also want to give something unique and a gift they will talk about for years to come.  But what?  If you're not that close to your child’s teacher to know their likes or dislikes, finding a practical and thoughtful gift can be stressful.  Or if you are the new teacher on campus and don’t know your fellow teachers well enough yet, what do you get them?  We’ve polled some of our top Adventure to Fitness teachers from around the country and asked them what they really want for Christmas.  Here are the top 5 gifts on our Teacher Wish Lists:1.       Fun School Supplies – both practical and...
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5 Healthy and Inspiring Holiday Gifts for Kids

Gifts that kids want and parent approved.With so many gadgets and gizmos available for kids these days, it’s hard to keep up and balance what kids want versus what they need or could really benefit from.  Our team of parents and tech gurus has put together a list of our top 5 favorite gift ideas for kids this holiday season:1.      VTech Inno Tab 3a.       Suggested ages: 3-9 years oldb.      Avg Price: $50c.       This fancy tablet comes with a 180-degree 2.0 MP rotating camera and video recorder that is sure to inspire your future photographer with its 55 photo effects.  This device also has the capability to be personalized to up to four users, making it an easy device to be shared among all of the siblings2.      LeapFrog LeapPad Ultraa.       Suggested ages: 4-9 years...
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Novembrrr! 5 Fun Indoor Fitness Activities

Unpredictable weather has arrived! Our Physical Activity Experts have helped put together a list of our top 5 indoor games and activities that are sure to keep your kids moving, learning, and having fun!1.       Classic Simon Says Gamea.       Simon Says is a classic game for teachers to play along with their students in the classroom. It incorporates listening skills and movement!i.      Either you, or the student of your choice can be the leader (Simon)ii.      Explain the rules such as:1.       You must follow instructions only if the command begins with “Simon Says”.2.       Everyone begins the game standing up3.       Students are disqualified if:                      a.       They follow...
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Favorite Apps and Sites That Support Learning

SCHOLASTIC PARENTS: THE LEARNING TOOLKITFavorite Apps and Sites That Support LearningTry these apps to help support your child's learning at home. By Michael Rhattigan on November 14, 2014   I recently covered some positive uses of technology at home.Continuing on that theme to discuss some favorite apps and sites, I recruited a couple people from Adventure to Fitness who support learning: Elisa Hinojosa, a former teacher and current mother of 2 -- the oldest is a National Merit Scholar and just started pre-med on a full scholarship! – and Colleen Henckels, a former high-flying executive, now "super mom" to 2 young boys.Here's a brief summary of our collective favorites…Games and EntertainmentWe often dismiss digital games as "shoot 'em up" products that have questionable educational value. The truth is that "gamification" has become a huge focus in education, with the idea that...
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Bring Thanksgiving to Life: Top 5 Thanksgiving Activities for Your Classroom

Bring Thanksgiving to Life: Top 5 Thanksgiving Activities for your ClassroomThis time of year is always full of hustle and bustle.  Most teachers take this time to revisit the Thanksgiving story, perhaps showing short films, or reading special books such as Pilgrims in America by Melinda Lilly, or Life on the Mayflower by Jessica Gunderson. We believe that Thanksgiving is not just a day, but a special season. So we’ve compiled a list of our top 5 favorite activities that help bring the Thanksgiving season to life for classrooms throughout America:     1.      Reenact the first Thanksgiving Feast!     a.       The week before your feast, have your students make arts and crafts decorations such as pilgrim hats and Native American  head-dresses.     b.      Assign students to bring one food or drink item (preferably healthy).   ...
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Rainy Day Activities

The Adventure to Fitness Team along with Adventure to Fitness Superstar teacher, Ms. Rachel Longoria, have compiled a list of tips and ideas to keep your class engaged and focused on rainy days!When the weather is bad and your class can't go outside, what's your Plan B?  Ms. Longoria, current 5th & 6th grade teacher in Aldine ISD, TX shares her experience how she gets her kids focused:Kids need to expend energy.  I will take students out for recess so they can release the Kraken, you know, that mythical creature that sort of erupts from the ocean?  While I’m not always a fan of the outdoors, especially in the Houston area, the children do need to get out and run around.  Students attend PE classes at least three times a week, as required by law.  Yeah, yeah.  The law requires that kids receive a certain number of minutes a week of physical activity while at school.  However, in Houston, we have strange weather patterns.Kids in...
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How to Get Your Kids Exercising

As more and more research confirms the importance of regular exercise for children, our kids are actually getting less and less.I recently summarized the findings of a number of medical and academic studies outlining the benefits of exercise for children. While the health benefits are widely documented, more and more research is focusing on the emotional, behavioral, and academic benefits.What's the problem?Exercise is good. What's the issue? The problem is that traditionally, kids received a significant amount of their physical activity in school. Budget cuts and curriculum demands, however, have resulted in significant reductions in PE, recess and after-school programs. The problem is exacerbated at home, where we've seen a massive increase in sedentary activities, like TV viewing, video games, mobile devices, and the Internet.As more and more research confirms the importance of regular exercise for children, our kids are actually getting less and less.What are the...
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The Importance of Sleep

The Importance of Sleep: Try these 6 tips for helping kids get the proper amount of sleep. By Michael Rhattigan on September 05, 2014 Over the summer, many children change their sleeping patterns. They're often up later at night, sleep in during the day, or take naps in the afternoon. The return of school can present challenges for kids and parents alike.Does this really matter?More and more research illustrates the importance of sleep for children's health, academic performance, and behavior. Signs of sleep-related problems may show up in a number of ways with kids, including daytime sleepiness, inattention, poor concentration, moodiness, behavioral problems, irregular social skills, and poor academic performance.  Focusing solely on academic performance, a number of recent studies around the world found that higher performing kids average more sleep per night and earlier bedtimes than their poorer performing peers.How can we help our kids...
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