December 9th, 2013
Here are four fun holiday-themed tag games submitted by teachers across the country – these games will get your kids moving and put everyone in the holiday spirit!
Santa’s helpers vs. the Grinch. Holiday hustle has new meaning!
Turtle Dove Tag
Limited space movement break with a hungry Turtle Dove.
Battle of the Poles Tag
December 8th, 2013
Help kids set a goal to choose healthy snacks during the holiday season, and join them in meeting the challenge! Learn to curb impulsive holiday snacking and explore what influences holiday food choices.
December 7th, 2013
Happy holidays to you and yours from SPARK!
Hard to believe it’s nearly the end of 2013. Whether you are a preschool teacher, an after school youth leader, a physical education specialist, classroom teacher, or administrator, we know how hard you worked every day this year for your students.
SPARK has been busy too – working [...]
December 6th, 2013
When January 1 rolls around, we are often more determined than ever to get fit and feel great. Research shows that only 8 percent of us actually achieve New Year’s resolutions, however. The main reason? We make dreamy resolutions but fail to follow up with the planning and work needed to achieve them.
Instead of waiting [...]
November 27th, 2013
Thanksgiving is a holiday of gratitude. Most of us, however, associate it with a large meal complete with all the fixings and then regret stuffing our bellies to the brim with those special indulgences. In fact, the average Thanksgiving meal contains a whopping 3,000 calories.
But it doesn’t have to be, does it? You can enjoy [...]
November 11th, 2013
Anyone who has braved the perils of babysitting, or who has taken the giant leap into parenting or teaching children knows that keeping young kids attentive, engaged, and focused can be an uphill battle at times. In the best of conditions, research has shown that children between the ages of 6 and 8 have an [...]
October 29th, 2013
In some parts of the U.S., as well as internationally, there are physical education programs that incorporate non-traditional activities into their PE lesson plans. Instead of the typical jumping jacks, push-ups, and laps around the track, these programs are introducing students to a whole new side of physical activity and proper nutrition. Below we’ll take a look at a few of the uncommon PE games and physical activities that are being implemented today.
October 24th, 2013
With Halloween just a week away, kids and parents are gearing up for the spooky festivities and sugary gorge-fest. It’s not only children who become increasingly excited as the end of October looms near—retailers and manufactures are also preparing for a big Halloween sales. The National Retail Federation estimates total Halloween spending in the U.S. [...]
September 9th, 2013
Toddlers tend to be notoriously finicky eaters. If they do not like the look, smell, or texture of a particular food, they will often turn up their noses and refuse to eat it. This can be especially frustrating to parents who know the value of healthy food in the formative years.
If you are a parent [...]