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Partners: Planning Guides and Activity Tips

The more you encourage activity and active play to happen, the more kids will want to GO. You can work with the VERB campaign on a small scale: use the campaign materials once or twice to keep the message fresh. You can work with the VERB campaign on a grander scale: organize community-wide events for tweens to try new physical activities.

VERB in Your Community

Use Campaign Research in Your Programs

Make physical activity more fun and appealing to tweens by using some of the campaign’s research findings in your existing programs and classrooms:

  • Help tweens discover new activities they enjoy. Children this age respond to the spirit of adventure, discovery and finding their own thing.
  • Prizes are great incentives for kids! Give away small prizes such as stickers or water bottles to reward kids for their efforts.
  • Design activities with input from the kids. They will be more inclined to participate because they want to, not because they have to.
  • Some tweens prefer activities with a competitive edge, while others simply like playing a game with friends. Find out their preferences. All tweens will experience the rewards of being active if it is enjoyable for them.
  • Tweens, especially girls, like social interaction with friends. It makes playing actively more fun and offers opportunities for peer recognition and praise.
  • Praise kids just for trying something new and getting active. Your encouragement means a lot to them.
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