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Kids Off the Couch
Ideas for getting kids to be more active.
Grade Level: 3-5, 6-8

Kids Off the Couch is a "free, weekly e-mail that provides families with fresh ideas for getting kids off the couch and into their city." The site was created by mothers of elementary and middle school children.
The site has a clean design with cute graphics. The navigation bar is at the top of the page.

Parents will appreciate the ideas and tips they will find at Kids Off the Couch (KOTC). The site was designed by mothers who wanted to take advantage of their own childrens "screen time" and to share their ideas with other parents. The site suggests that "you have to get on the couch to get off the couch." The "secret formula" is to pair a film with a cultural excursion -- such as watching E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial and then planning a visit to the local planetarium or star gazing in your own backyard. These pairings are called Popcorn Adventures, and each includes a synopsis of the film, KOTC Kernels (bits of wisdom about the film), conversation starters, suggestions for particular cities, home projects, and cultural connections. Visitors to the site can sign up for the weekly e-mail. All previous adventures are archived for easy access.


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