Take advantage of a good air day!
Air Quality Flags help us learn more about the effect air quality has on our health. The flag colours – blue in particular – remind us to get active on good air quality days, which are frequently recorded in BC.
Each day, students log in to their school page on airqualityflags.ca to raise the Air Quality Flag – sharing what kind of air day it is in their community. The school page has a blog, which students can use to share their thoughts on the day itself, or the topic of air quality.
How students use the blog is up to them. Students in Brentwood Bay, BC, use it to share the kinds of daily activities they take part in on the playground.
Here are some posts from the Brentwood Elementary blog:
“Today is a blue flag day. It is 5.1 degrees Celsius. It is a good day to get moving and have fun. You could play soccer or baseball. It is a cloudy day in Brentwood Bay.”
“8.7 degrees Celsius today. No rain for once!!!! It’s a great day to play capture the flag or manhunt outside.”
“It’s a grey, cloudy, rainy day in Brentwood Bay today. At 4.1 degrees Celsius, it’s a great day to get hot chocolate. Let’s get outside and play soccer, rugby or ride our bikes in the rain!”
The colour of the flag you raise each day depends on the air quality – but what activities you choose to do is up to you. When it’s a blue flag day, everyone can get active outside.
Here are some activities you can do to take advantage of on a good air day:
Add wheels to the mix: Whether it’s riding bikes, scooters, or skateboards – remember to wear a helmet and elbow/knee pads!
Take advantage of the snow: Stay warmer outside through active play – build a snow man or go tobogganing!
Play catch: Use a baseball, Frisbee – even a boomerang!
Try a traditional game: Croquet and bocce are not all that common – give them a try!
Appreciate nature: Ask your parents to take you out on a hike – climb a local mountain, or bird-watch with friends.
On grey, brown, or red flag days – take it easy: Go for a walk, fly a kite, or ask your parents to teach you how to plant flowers in a garden.
What activities do you like to take part in on a good air day? You can blog to share your activities on your school page.
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Have fun and stay safe!