50 Things To Do With a Cardboard Box 

50 Things to do with a Cardboard Box


50 Things To Do with a Beach Ball              101 Things To Do with a Stick   

50 Things to Do with A Beach Ball        stick activities          

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Indoor and Outdoor Play Things               Checklist for Child Care

Indoor Outdoor Equipment Ideas        BAK Checklist

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50 Things To Do With Milk Jugs                50 Ways to Use Your Noodle

milk jug        noodles

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20 Things You Can Do in Mud                     Literacy in Motion & Music That Moves

mud        literacy and music

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GoNapsacc Physical Activity  GoNapsacc Outdoor Play Gonapsacc Screen Time

Physial Activity                     Outdoor Play                     Screen Time          

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GoNapsacc Nutrition GoNapsacc Breastfeeding

 Nutrition                            Breastfeeding

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American Association for the Child's Right to Play (IPA/USA) - An association aimed at protecting, preserving, and promoting play as a fundamental right for all humans.

American Heart Association - The AHA is a national association dedicated to build healhier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke.  Check out the Children's Health and Healthy Lifestyles sections.

Be Active North Carolina -  Be Active North Carolina, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing physical activity levels.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - Provides expertise, information and tools for people and communities in order to protect health.

Choosy Kids - a company created withan initiative to promote the development of healthy preferences by providing products and services promoting healthy decisions making and healthy, active liefstyles.

Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Provides leasdership on food, agriculture, natural resources, and related issues based on pulbic policy, science, and management.

Eat Smart Move More (ESMM) - a statewide movement that provided increased opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity wherever people live, learn, earn, play and pray.

Human Development Through Play - The Leonard Gordon Institute for Human Development Through Play of Temple University in Philadelphia offers active group ganes.

KidsHealth - A website providing doctor-approved health information about children from before birth through adolescence.  Created by the Nemours Foundation's Center for Children'sn Health Media.

Let's Move! - Program developed by First Lady Michelle Obama to solve the epidemic of childhood obesity within a generation.

Let's Move Childcare -  a focus on physical activity, screen time, food, beverages and breastfeeding from infancy through preschool.

NAP SACC - Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care is a statewide program aimed at improving the eating and physical activity environment in NC child care centers.

PBS Parents - This is a link to the Child Development section of the PBS Parents website.  Try out the Child Development Tracker.

Parenting for Health - This site helps to empower parents to improve children’s health and advocate for healthy food and physical activity environments throughout North Carolina.

Child and Youth Health - The Child, Youth and Women's Health Services site provides a weath of nres and practical health information for parents, careers and you people.

Baby Sign Language - This site provides a collection of free resources created to teach baby sign language while strengthing communication skills, cognitive development, and fine motor skills.


AAHPERD - The American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance is a non-profit organization that promotes and supports creative and healthy lifestyles.

Head Start Body Start - The National Center for Physical Development and Outdoor Play provided grant information and resources for Head Start Programs (radio programs, physical activity calendars, activity plans). - Provides health, physical activity, fitness and sports information for the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.

NCAAHPERD - The North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance is a professional organization dedicated to the advancement of research and education  within these fields.

PE Central - A website for health and physical education teachers, parents, and students that provides the latest information about developmentally appropriate physical education.

SPARK - This is a link to an early childhood physical activity program for Sports, Play & Active Recreation for Kids.



American Dietetic Association - The world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals.

Fruits and Veggie - More MattersA dynamic health initiative that replaces the existing 5 A Day awareness program to inspire and support consumers to eat more fruits and vegetables.

Farmers Markets - A site of the USDA providing you with information about farmers markets and allows you to search for local farmers markets in your area. - offers personalized eating plans, interactive tools to help you plan and assess your food choices, and advice to help you with your nutrition and physical activity needs.

Nutrition.govA service of the National Agricultural Library, USDA.


Children & Nature Network - Created to encourage and support the people and organizations working to reconnect children with nature.

Nature Rocks - a national program to inspire and empower families to play and explore in nature. - Useful information for parents and teachers about getting children engaged in gardening. KidsGradning is a part of the National Gardening Association.

Natural Learning Iniative - The Natural Learning Initiative is a Research and Design Assistance Program of the College of Design at North Carolina State University.

Outdoor Learning Environments Alliance - A statewide collaborative initiated by the NC Office of School Readiness and NC Partnership for Children with the focus of improving the quality of outdoor environments and education.

Preschool Outdoor Environments Measurement Scale (POEMS) - A useful tool in determining the quality of the outdoor environment for child care centers.  The site also provides information on outdoor play.




A Place for Play - a link to the companion book to Where Do the Children Play? by Elizabeth Goodenough.

Active Play Books - a link to fun physical activities for young children by Dr. Diane Craft

Active Start for Healthy Kids - A link to the resource by Steven Virgilio, available at

Activities for Gross Motor Skills Development - A link to the resource by Jodene Smith, available at

Children's Literature about Health, Nutrition, and Safety * Permission to reprint and post provided by the National Association for the Education of Young Children

Children Moving - A link to the resource by George Graham, Melissa Parker & Shirley Holt/Hale, available at

Dance, Turn, Hop, Learn! - A link to the resource by Connie Bergstein Dow, available at

Developmental Physical Education for All Children - A link to the resource by David Gallahue & Frances Donnelly, available at

Designing Preschool Movement Programs - A link to the resource by Stephen Sanders, available at

Fit From the Start - Suggested reading list of nutrition and physical activity pre-school books created by the Healthy South Dakota Program staff.

Jump, Wiggle, Twirl & Giggle! - A link to the resource by Roberta Altman, available at

Kids on the Move: Creative Movement for Children of All Ages - A link to the resource by Kassandra Schmutz Boyd, Jennifer Schmutz Law & Melanie Schmutz Chalk, available at

Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder - A link to the resource by Richard Louv, available at 

Learning Through Movement: Children's Literature - A link to the resource by Teacher Created Resources, available at

Moving and Learning Across the Curriculum - A link to the resource by Rae Pica, available at

Movement Stories fo Young Children: Ages 3-6 - A link to the resource by Helen Landalf, Pamela Gerke, Mark Rimland & Irene Kelly, available at

Moving with a Purpose: Developing Programs for Preschoolers of All Abilities - A link to the resource by Renne McCall & Diane Craft, available at 

Natural Learning: The Life History of an Environmental Schoolyard -  A link to the resource by Robin Moore & Herbert Wong, available at

Natural Wonders, A Guide to Early Childhood for Environmental Educators -  a resource for teacher created by Minnesota Early Childhood Environmental Education Consortium.

PE Central Books - Provides a link to  books appropriate for those teaching youngsters of the preschool age at

Physical Activities for Improving Children's Learning and Behavior -  A link to the resource by Billye Ann Cheatum & Allison Hammond, available at

Physical Education for Young Children: Movement ABCs for the Little Ones - A link to the resource by Rae Pica, available at

Plants for Play:  A Plant Selection Guide for Children's Outdoor Environments -   A link to the resource by Robin Moore, available at

Play for All Guidelines: Planning, Designing and Management of Outdoor Play Settings for All Children -  A link to the resoucrce by Robin Moore, Susan Goltsman & Daniel Iacofano, available at

Purposeful Play: Early Childhood Movement Activities on a Budget - A link to the resource by Renne McCall & Diane Craft, available at 

Ready to Use Motor Skills & Movement Station Lesson Plans for Young Children - A link to the resource by Joanne Landy & Keith Burridge, available at 

Ready to Use Motor Skills & Movement Activities for You Children - A link to the resource by Joanne Landy & Keith Burridge, available at 

Secret Spaces of Childhood - a link to the resource by Elizabeth Goodenough, available at

Stories on the Move - A link to the resource by Arelene Cohen, available at

The Book of Movement Exploration: Can You Move Like This? - A link to the resource by John Feierabend & Jane Kahan, available at

Where Do the Children Play? - a link to a documentary film by Michigan Television, available at or at

Wiggle, Giggle & Shake: Over 200 Ways to Move and Learn - A link to a resource by Rae Pica, available at



Gopher - Physical education, athletics, fitness, recreations & health equipment.  Check out the  Active & Healthy Schools link.

GeoFitness - Provides developmetally appropriate, fun and safe, physical activity for every person regardless of age, interest, gender, or ability.

Sportime - Provides a catalog full of physical education equipment and physical activity resources.




Smart Start 2011 - Making the Commitment to Healthy Active Kids.  Focuses on the Needs, Barriers, and Solutions (motor skills and movement concepts).  March 2011

CACFP 2011 - A Focus on Physical Activity and Play in Early Childhood Environments.  Focuses on the  defining physical activity, the Be Active Kids Curriculum and what Be Active Kids offers.September, 2011.