NFL Play 60 Invention Contest for Kids (invent your own game and win $5,000)

Volunteer Spot and the NFL would like to tell you about a new contest for kids!

Have an idea for a NEW way to get active? Encourage your kids to enter the NFL Play60 Invention Contest. Enter today:

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I recently wrote a post for the Games for Educators site titled 40 game and activity ideas. As a former nanny, educator and mother of four I enjoy encouraging kids to play outside or to create their own indoor fun. Kids love to experiment and learn! On a basic level, in order to stay healthy, children need:

1. A healthy diet
2. Outdoor time and exercise
3. Regulated sleep

Of course we could add love, snuggles, reading, math, science, art, music, exploration, free-play, laughter, one-on-one time with parents and more. You likely have your own ideas of what kids need in order to feel safe and loved and perhaps your child can inject those ideas into their game invention. The new game could be focused on funny rules, nature, social emotional needs such as building trust, hula hoop free play or anything in between!

One of the things I have enjoyed most about working at the elementary school, over the last few months, is the PE sessions. Although our kids get PE just once per week the PE teacher uses many of the old games from our youth. We use balloons to toss and chase, hula hoops, jump ropes, square floor scooters (with four wheels) and more. It brings back memories for me of primary school in Australia. Maybe your kiddo can brainstorm a new and fun way to use one of these items during a game.

Here are categories for the new ideas you can come up with, while inventing your game:

New:

1. Active indoor (gymnasium, etc.) or outdoor games
2. Fitness equipment or training devices
3. Exercise equipment
4. Football-themed games or activities (for training or playing)

Now…get moving!

The contest kicked off on April 22, 2013 at noon EST and ends on July 12, 2013 at 11:59:59 PM EST.

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More reading: Ideas for parents who want to volunteer at home (for their school).

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