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2.24.2011

Heart Health: Teaching Kids About Physical and Emotional Health


February is American Heart Health Month and this simple foam heart band-aids craft can help you and your child talk about the importance of physical and emotional heart health.

You'll need:
Band-aids, Construction paper, Large Foam Heart


Directions:
Glue a foam heart to construction paper, add band-aids at will
Talk about why some hearts need healing and what kinds of things you can do to be more "heart healthy"
*Age appropriate for 2 years and above


Don't forget that maintaining a healthy heart (or working towards that goal) involves making heart healthy choices about the food we eat, the activities we do everyday and even our minds and the words we use. Below are a few links to help you educate your kids about the importance of heart health.

Physical:
Simple Heart Healthy Exercise Game For Kids from Make and Takes
Heart Healthy Recipes from The Mayo Clinic
12 Tips For Increasing Children's Physical Activity from NAEYC found via We Teach
Bring Physical Activities Indoors During Wintertime with ABC/123

Emotional:
Emotions and Preschoolers One of a series from Let's Explore
Help Teach Emotions with Family Paper Roll Dolls An activity from Teach Mama
7 Ways to Help Anxious Kids from Let's Explore
Feel What You Want, Control What You Do from PBS Kids

3 comments:

  1. this is great. thank you. this is another great idea for helping with emotions - http://rhythmofthehome.com/winter-2010/colour-my-emotion/ - I haven't tried it yet with my three year old but plan to...

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  2. What a great idea! I love the heart with the band aids too. Your site and ideas are fabulous!!! Wish I had known about you years ago!

    Hop over to my site! I'd love to have you link up at my For the Kids Fridays link party.
    http://sunscholars.blogspot.com

    :)rachel

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  3. This is a great craft and learning experience for kids. I think my two kids would have a lot of fun and the continued reminder that we all need to eat healthy and exercise.

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