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52 Weeks: #12 Musical Strollers

Posted by on Apr 18, 2014 in Run Stroller Run | 0 comments

52 Weeks: #12 Musical Strollers

Stroller Runner Game 52 Weeks: #12 Musical Strollers was originally posted on Run Stroller Run. Click on the photo to take you to the...

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52 Weeks: #11 Stroller Fire Drills

Posted by on Apr 18, 2014 in Run Stroller Run | 0 comments

52 Weeks: #11 Stroller Fire Drills

Stroller Runner Game 52 Weeks: #11 Stroller Fire Drills was originally posted on Run Stroller Run. Click on the photo to take you to the...

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52 Weeks: #10 Sing Song

Posted by on Apr 18, 2014 in Run Stroller Run | 0 comments

52 Weeks: #10 Sing Song

Stroller Runner Game 52 Weeks: #10 Sing Song was originally posted on Run Stroller Run. Click on the photo to take you to the...

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52 Weeks: #9 Bubbles Galore

Posted by on Apr 18, 2014 in Run Stroller Run | 0 comments

52 Weeks: #9 Bubbles Galore

Stroller Runner Game 52 Weeks: #9 Bubbles Galore was originally posted on Run Stroller Run. Click on the photo to take you to the...

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Exciting News! Run Stroller Run’s New Website Launched

Posted by on Mar 7, 2014 in Run Stroller Run | 5 comments

Exciting News! Run Stroller Run’s New Website Launched

Exciting News! As most of you know, I have been posting a number of stroller running posts here, and RunStrollerRun.com was redirected here to my personal web site.  Well, I am very excited to let you all know that Run Stroller Run’s new website has launched! I started Run Stroller Run after a January 2013 post on how difficult it was to find stroller-friendly races.  It seems I wasn’t alone, based on the outpouring of interest from racers to race directors and running companies of all types. We started our interactive stroller-friendly calendar in April 2013, and plans have been afoot to put our offerings on a really top-notch platform.  So many people were inquiring about stroller-friendly races throughout the United States – and now the world – I felt it was important that Run Stroller Run have its own dedicated site.  Well, now that Run Stroller Run’s new website has launched, we can really provide the most comprehensive collection of stroller-friendly races in the world in its own website. Our first step is to ensure all races provided on our site are stroller-friendly, family-friendly or kid-friendly.  Our next big push will be providing a Race Rating feature whereby, race participants can provide feedback on the races, facilities, race directors, kid’s activities, etc.  By the end of 2014, we hope to roll out our Run Stroller Run stroller-friendly, family-friendly and/or kid-friendly race certification; whereby race directors will be able to certify their race(s) as “stroller-friendly”, “family-friendly” and/or “kid-friendly” race. Once the race(s) is approved and certified by our team of experts, the race directors will receive a Run Stroller Run seal to be used on their websites and other race materials, giving you the participants the ability to automatically recognizes races as stroller-friendly, family-friendly and/or kid-friendly. You have no idea how time-consuming this has been at times, I want to thank my consultant Cheryl Rushing for all her help in getting the list pulled together.  If you want to see more races, please continue referring us to your favorite race directors.  And we’re going to ramping up our work with the companies that support the stroller-friendly community, and looking for guest bloggers as well.  If you know of any companies that want to reach healthy, athletic families and kids that race, direct them here.  If you are interested in being a contributing blogger, click here. The stroller-friendly calendar on my site will no longer be active, but if you click on the Stroller Friendly Race Calendar link, it will redirect you to our new site.  Also, any Run Stroller Run tagged blog posts, will now be moved on the new site as well. But I hope you’ll continue to come by LaraCoffee.com and see what I have to say on  a number of non-stroller-related topics…some of you have been kind enough to tell me how much the ideas in this forum have helped, and I’m glad to have the opportunity. Thank you all for your support, input and following us on this site.  In the future, if you are looking for stroller-friendly, kid-friendly, or family-friendly races visit our new site at www.RunStrollerRun.com. If you think my new site is great, it was designed by my friends at...

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52 Weeks: #8 Bread Crumb Ball Shooter

Posted by on Feb 28, 2014 in Run Stroller Run | 0 comments

52 Weeks: #8 Bread Crumb Ball Shooter

52 Weeks of Stroller Runner Games: #8 Bread Crumb Shooter In most parks, usually you will run across birds, squirrels, ducks, geese, etc. and most of these creatures will always be willing to clean up the ground, so why not feed them while having a little fun? Who can shoot the bread balls the farthest?  Our original inspiration came from The Come Together Kids blog, where Laura uses marsh mellows and Pom Poms, but since our games focus on activities your child(ren) can do in the stroller, we needed to be Eco-friendly. Target Age Group: 2-5 years old How to Play: Make it game.  Who can shoot the bread crumbs the farthest? Give your child or children their own Bread Crumb Ball Shooter and a baggy with their bread balls in it. Rule #1:  No shooting at your siblings or others faces. If so, the shooter is taken away and no fun should be had. Rule #2: No shooting at other people or other runners on the path. If so, the shooter is taken away and no fun should be had. Have them aim at the trees or have them launch their bread at the ducks. Your children will be imaginative and find ways to amuse themselves with the shooters. Plus, having the bread on hand is a good little snack for your little ones too. Preparation Time: 20 minutes minimum. I cannot predict the maximum preparation time because if your kids are interrupting you, it could take many hours or days to complete. Materials: Plastic cups (ours were 16 oz) Balloons ( ours were 12″) Slices of Bread or Croutons Painters or Packing Tape Scissors   Bread Crumb Ball Shooter Instructions: 1. Cut the bottom part off of your plastic cup.  I found it worked best to double up the cups and I cut off the bottom third. 2. Put painters and or/ packing tape around the edges of the bottom third of the cup you cut. This will help your little ones from cutting their hands or fingers on the ridged edges. I used packing tape because that was available. 3.  Tie a knot at the end of your balloon and cut off about 1/4″ from the other end.  Some instructions say a 1/2″, but I found based on the size of cup you use determines how much balloon you cut off. 4.  Now stretch the balloon over the end of the cup.  I found it worked best to put the balloon on the top part of the cup where the lip is; otherwise the cup would bend too much when I put the balloon on.  As you can tell, I put packing tape everywhere; it was easier this way – at least that is what my four year old wanted. Who am I to fight about tape or no tape? 5.  Break your slices of bread up into little pieces; enough where you can roll them in a ball.  Some others suggest using marsh mellows, which  might be great if your shooters are being used at the home. However, when on the stroller ride I would use bread or croutons. 6.  Roll your bread into balls. Viola!  Now it’s time to do some launching!  Put the rolled up bread crumbs balls inside the cup on the...

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52 Weeks: #7 Letters, Letters Everywhere

Posted by on Feb 21, 2014 in Run Stroller Run | 2 comments

52 Weeks: #7 Letters, Letters Everywhere

52 Weeks of Stroller Runner Games: #7 Letters, Letters Everywhere Letters, Letters Everywhere. When you run, you see letters on street signs, park signs, road signs, cars, stop signs, water fountains, bathrooms, etc. Why not utilize the endless amount of letters for a fun, letter learning game? To keep your little ones minds active and their hands too while you run – not to mention mommy and daddy’s sanity – this is a great way to help your children to recognize and learn their letters. Target Age Group: 2-5 years old How to Play: While heading out for your run, give your child the plate with the letters on it. Have them simply fold down the letter as they spot it in their surroundings. Give them a quick list of possible places they might spot letters. For example, on school buses, dump trucks, street signs, stop signs, stores, other runners clothes, park signs, playgrounds, cars and license plates. Once you become aware, you and your child will notices letters are everywhere. If you have an older child who is learning their phonics, consider sounding out the words and have them match the sound the letter makes to the letter, then have them fold the letter over on the plate. Preparation Time: 20 minutes minimum. I cannot predict the maximum preparation time because if your kids are interrupting you, it could take many hours or days to complete. Materials: Paper plates Scissors A Marker   Cost: $0 Letters, Letters Everywhere Instructions: 1.  Write letters around the edge of the plate. 2.  Then cut in between each letter. 3.  You can make one for upper case letters, lower case letters, shapes, sight words, numbers, and colors. The possibilities are endless. Disclaimer:  Before incorporating any of these Stroller Runner Games, please ensure you warm up properly and stretch to avoid any injuries. For more Stroller Runner Games, please see the posts below. Introduction to 52 Weeks of Stroller Runner Games Week 1: Red Light Green Light Week 2: I Spy Week 3: Find the Cars Week 4: Scavenger Hunt Week 5: Puzzle Love Week 6: Winter Olympics Coloring Book For more Run Stroller Run family and stroller friendly races updates, training woes, pictures and more, check out: Twitter: Run Stroller Run Twitter: Lara Coffee Facebook: Run Stroller Run Pinterest: Run Stroller Run Google+: Run Stroller Run Hashtag...

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52 Weeks: #6 Winter Olympics Coloring Book

Posted by on Feb 14, 2014 in Run Stroller Run | 0 comments

52 Weeks: #6 Winter Olympics Coloring Book

52 Weeks of Stroller Runner Games: #6 Winter Olympics Coloring Book What do the Olympics mean to you?  Even though it’s Valentine’s Day, we are also in the height of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.  What better way than running with your child(ren) to discuss sports and the importance of sportsmanship, work ethic and dreams? Being that the Stroller Runner Games focuses on activities that a child can do in the stroller while you run or walk; we thought combining the Olympics and coloring to create the FREE Winter Olympics Coloring Book.  Plus, my kids love to color, whether it is with crayons, washable markers or colored pencils. I think sometimes they like coloring their bodies more than the paper, but its washable right? We found a great list from Classymommy.com of 15 Great Winter Olympic activities that led us to Activity Villages Olympic Coloring pages.  NONE of these Printables are Run Stroller Run’s designs; we combined the Free Olympic Printables from Activity Villages Olympic Coloring and Classroom Jr.com pages into one file and reduced each picture to a 5×7 or smaller to create the FREE Winter Olympics Coloring Book. Note:  You can find the actual size coloring pages from Activity Villages and Classroom Jr.com websites. Furthermore, we pinned their coloring pages to our Olympic Pinterest board. Target Age Group: 3-5 years old How to Play: In order for your child to color comfortably while in the jog stroller, you will need the following: 1 old, small metal cookie sheet or 1 small medal lunch box that can lie flat on their laps while in the stroller, or 1 small clipboard. 1 small package of crayons that can fit in the lunch box or in the stroller side pouches. I prefer the metal lunch box. They can keep the crayons in the deep part of the lunch box and color the Olympics printable on the medal lid.  As I mentioned before, we always have to bring other toys with us on our adventures, and the lunch box is a great way to carry those items as well.  Preparation Time: 20 minutes minimum. I cannot predict the maximum preparation time because if your kids are interrupting you, it could take many hours or days to complete. Materials: One hole punch 1 piece of construction paper (optional) String, yarn or ribbon Scissors Metal Lunch Box, or a small cookie sheet or a small clipboard Cost: $0 Winter Olympics Coloring Book Instructions 1. Print out the FREE Winter Olympics Color Book. 2. Cut the Winter Olympics coloring pages slightly smaller than the indicated size. 3. Stack the pictures on top of one another. 4. Cut one piece of construction paper into half. (optional)5. Punch two holes in each corner. 6. Cut ribbon and loop it through the holes. 7. Tie the ribbon together. Voila, you have created your own Winter Olympics Coloring book.  Now, go for the Gold! Disclaimer:  Before incorporating any of these Stroller Runner Games, please ensure you warm up properly and stretch to avoid any injuries. For more Stroller Runner Games, please see the posts below. Introduction to 52 Weeks of Stroller Runner Games Week 1: Red Light Green Light Week 2: I Spy Week 3: Find the Cars Week 4: Scavenger Hunt Week 5: Puzzle Love For more Run...

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52 Weeks: #5 Puzzle Love

Posted by on Feb 7, 2014 in Run Stroller Run | 0 comments

52 Weeks: #5 Puzzle Love

52 Weeks of Stroller Runner Games: #5 Puzzle Love With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, this week’s game is a puzzle that focuses on love and kindness. I appreciate that my children are very patient and endure long runs in the stroller, so I wanted to do a game that was personalized for both my children. My soon-to-be 4 year old and my now 1 year old loves puzzles, so after research and spending some time on Pinterest – probably too much time – I decided to make my own puzzle with Popsicle sticks and a picture of my kids and me. If your kids are anything like mine, they love personalized things. This is not an original idea; however, in order to ensure this is a game can be played while a child is bouncing around in a stroller, I did some modifications. Target Age Group: 3-5 years old How to Play Puzzle Love: In order to play the game, your child will need the following: 1 old, small, metal cookie sheet or 1, small metal lunch box that can lie flat on their laps while in the stroller. Bag(s) with the Popsicle Puzzle(s) in it. I prefer the metal lunch box. You can keep the puzzle(s) in the deep part of the lunch box and put the Popsicle Puzzle together on the metal lid.  We always have to bring other toys with us on our adventures, and the lunch box is a great way to store those items as well.  Have them put the puzzle together while you run in the stroller. Depending on your child’s age and concentration level, you might have to bring more than one puzzle to keep them occupied while running. Preparation Time: (1 -2 hours) To actually create Puzzle Love it takes about 30 minutes; however, allowing the Mod Podge and the glue to dry fulling, it could take up to two hours total. Materials: Popsicle Sticks – depending on your child’s age, it might determine the size of your Popsicle sticks. The narrower the Popsicle sticks, the harder the puzzle will be. Magnets Tape with an Adhesive Back Mod Podge A Paint Brush Craft and/or Xacto Knife Permanent Marker Scissors Glue (optional) Metal Lunch Box and/or a small cookie sheet Cost: $26.76 (These items can be used for other Stroller Games) Popsicle Sticks $5.49 Magnets Tape with an Adhesive Back $6.75 Mod Podge $6.72 Xacto Knife $7.80 Personalized Puzzle Love Instructions 1. For the puzzle – print out a favorite photo or two onto regular paper and line up Popsicle sticks over the top to see how many you’ll need.  With the jumbo Popsicle sticks, I needed about 11-12 sticks to complete the puzzle. 2. Paint the back of the photo with a thin coat of the Mod Podge. 3. Line up the Popsicle sticks over the back of the photo (you can re-apply if needed). 4. Turnover and apply a coat of the Mod Podge over the top of the photo. 5. After the Mod Podge drys, turn over the Popsicle sticks so the picture is facing down and use a Permanent marker to label each Popsicle stick with a shape, letter and or number. I used a diamond, star and square because I created three puzzles at once. ...

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52 Weeks: #4 Scavenger Hunt

Posted by on Jan 31, 2014 in Run Stroller Run | 0 comments

52 Weeks: #4 Scavenger Hunt

52 Weeks of Stroller Runner Games: #4 Scavenger Hunt FREE Printable Below Disney Cars has made another appearance this week. Doc Hudson’s Scavenger Hunt Printable is tailored more to objects you would find while running on a sidewalk or in neighborhood.   The African Safari Scavenger Hunt Printable is geared more towards the runners who jog on park paths. This game is more advanced; it requires that your child can read basic words.  However, my son is not yet four and is unable to read, so I read the items and we look for the objects together. Target Age Group: 3-5 years old How to Play:   Print the Free Printable Scavenger Hunt pages. Laminate it for future use and provide a washable marker.  However, if you do not trust your child with a washable marker, print out the Scavenger Hunt game when necessaryand provide your child with a crayon. Provide your child with the printable and explain to them when they find the item, put a check in the box.  In my house, that generally means drawing a picture on top of the check box, but it works and keeps my child occupied longer. Preparation Time (More Advanced Game): 0-5 minutes time required (depends if you choose to laminate your sheets or not). Materials: Printable Scissors Washable Marker or Crayon Con-Tact Self Adhesive Lamination paper (optional) Cost: FREE w/printable no Laminate Paper With Laminate Paper: $3.59 Con-Tact $3.59 Disclaimer:  Before incorporating any of these Stroller Runner Games, please ensure you warm up properly and stretch to avoid any injuries. For more Stroller Runner Games, please see the posts below. Introduction to 52 Weeks of Stroller Runner Games Week 1: Red Light Green Light Week 2: I Spy Week 3: Find the Cars For more Run Stroller Run family and stroller friendly races updates, training woes, pictures and more, check out: Twitter: Run Stroller Run Twitter: Lara Coffee Facebook: Run Stroller Run Pinterest: Run Stroller Run Google+: Run Stroller Run Hashtag...

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