Welcome to my author/illustrator site.
I hope that you can find a book to encourage fitness, an idea to use with a running club, a print to display in your home, or a T-shirt design that I will customize for your club. Looking for something "for free"? Then please browse around for the Muddy Dog Running Logs and Muddy Dog Bookmarks. These were made to share my love of running with others.
A new tee design
MY KIDS RUNNING (Healthily-Ever-After) BOOKS
Breakaway Books, NY
2006 - The Treasure of Health and Happiness Chapter book
Tale of a child and her dog, running with a footprint map and a magic pencil, on their way to find the treasure of health and happiness. Of my three books, this is my first choice for a child. Sample page
2008 - Kids Running: Have Fun, Get Faster & Go Farther Information book in a kid-friendly format, with literacy and art activities, jokes, riddles, poetry and tips. Kids Running is my newest book. Sample page
2004 - Happy Feet, Healthy Food Yearlong journal to encourage kids to exercise and eat healthy foods. Happy Feet is my best selling book. Sample page
As you will see, my books were written to bring the joy of healthy habits to children around the world. I hope that you will find a way to put one of my books into the heart and hands of a child you love.
The HAPPY FEET CLUB
I planned for 30 kids, but accepted 40. It's hard to turn a child away from fitness and healthy eating. We're using the Happy Feet book and building new games around the Fun Feet or Pack-a-Snack sections. This session, homework is being assigned from the Kids Running book. All of the kids should have fun, stay fit, and become running savvy.
Club: With the help of a bunch of colorful cones and some creativity we have new and refreshing activities. This session we started on page 66 of the Happy Feet book. I've used this journal for over 10 different club sessions, each time starting on page 6. Starting here, I never get to the end of the book.
Running Game: Run Farther Through the Arbor
Kids made paper apples and peaches. We divided the field into a figure 8 with an arbor chute down the middle. (See clickable PDF). The kids ran half of the figure 8, then down the chute to "pick an apple". They then did the second half of the figure 8, then back to the middle arbor chute to "pick a peach".
Tie In: Pack-a-Snack -Substitute syrup and butter with warm fruit as a topping for pancakes
Running Game: Firefly Run
We set up a course to look like a firefly. Kids sprint like "lightning" bugs down the center lane, then they have a choice. They can turn right and jog the wings back to the lighting lane, or they can turn left and walk the wings back to the lightning lane, then they sprint again.
Tie In: Fun Feet activity - "Nature Play"
Running Game: Muddy Dog Relay
It was a muddy day! Lots of rain this week. Kids buddied up. We set up a course with Muddy Dog checkpoints that matched our Muddy Dog Running Log. Each team of two kids had only one baton. Only the one holding the baton was allowed to run. The other teammate walked. They'd meet at each checkpoint and pass the baton. This way each kid alternated running and walking around the field.
Tie In: Fun Feet activity - "Relay Races"
Running Game: Salad Run
Much like a big Easter Egg hunt - but we colorful Unifix Cubes. We threw them all over the field. Kids were divided into 4 teams. Each team had a huge construction paper salad bowl as a home base. They ran to find "ingredients". The cubes represented fixings. red=strawberries, orange = carrots, yellow= bananas, green = bell peppers, blue= blueberries, purple = grapes, brown = mushrooms, black = olives. Kids were allowed to carry 1 to 2 cubes at a time, unless they were "stealing". They could only steal 1 at a time from another team's salad bowl. See the game handout.
Tie In: Pack-a-Snack - Salad
Running Game: Bird-a-thon
Check back next week after we play the game!
Tie In: Fun Feet - Bird-a-thon
KIDS RUNNING LOGS
Check out our Muddy Dog Running Log program. It's in full swing. Print a chart. Run the miles. Color in footprints or fill in one of our many charts. Then send in for free bookmarks AND get your first name posted with a unique graphic. Find out what our Kids Running mileage program is all about. Take a peek at an Award Page.
Were you in the midst of the Log-a-Mile program? If so, then continue with the Muddy Dog Running Log. Earn the 25, 50, 75, and 100-mile bookmarks. Ready, get set, go!
In the fall, all of my Happy Feet Kids received a copy of the Muddy Dog Running Log. They will record mileage after our runs and hikes at club. Then they will finish at home this winter and spring. When they return their completed 25-mile charts to me, they will receive a special prize.
Graphic Arts: 12X18 inch PRINTS available. Email email@example.com.
POPULAR PENMANSHIP PRINTABLES From my classroom
Rainbow Letters | Raindrop Letters | Windy Day Letters Penmanship Lessons
ALL ABOUT MY BOOKS Published by Breakaway Books
Creating the Happy Feet book | Using the Happy Feet book | Apple Sticker Charts Free Printable
Quick Click! MUDDY DOG BOOKMARKS ARE IN
These bookmarks are free to kids who complete the Muddy Dog Running Logs. I am also sending them to clubs, school programs, and sports teams. Check them out! Absolutely free kids running bookmarks. 4 brand new designs.
SITES TO VISIT
Happy Feet, Healthy Food, Your Child's First Journal of Exercise & Healthy Eating
The Treasure of Health and Happiness
Kids Running: Have Fun, Get Faster & Go Farther
© 2009 Carol Goodrow