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Activities about being healthy

Clean Hands, Healthy You

The following activities were inspired by Lesson 16 in our workbook, About Me.

The following activities were inspired by Lesson 17 in our workbook, About Me.

Good hygiene starts with clean hands – teach your child about the importance of hand washing with this week’s activities:

Activity #1 – Invisible Dirt

This activity is most effective in the middle of the day, after your child has been about playing for a while.

Have your child look at her hands and tell you if they look clean or not. To her naked eye, they probably will.

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Then, with a wet wipe, scrub both of her hands firmly. Together, look closely at the wet wipe for smudges of dirt.

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Why We Like It: Your child will be surprised to see that her hands weren’t so clean after all!

 

Activity #2 – Invisible Germs

Activity #1 is a good lead-in to this activity. Your child has learned that she can’t always see the dirt and germs on her hands. Show her some pictures of germs, like the following, and explain that the germs on her hands are too small to see.

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She can color this fun Germs Coloring Page (found on our website under “Support Materials”), then trace her hand-print around the germs:

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Why We Like It: This activity reinforces the concept that hands are one of the germ-iest places on the body.

 

Activity #3 – Dirty Food

For the next activity, you will need some flour and some finger foods. Tell your child to pretend that the flour is dirt and germs. Have her get her fingers “dirty” in the flour.

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Now, present your child with the food and have her pick it up. Strawberries work really well:

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Why We Like It: Your child will see how dirt and germs get on the food she eats if she doesn’t wash her hands. She will definitely want you to wash it off before she eats it!

 

Activity #4 – Good, Clean Fun

This craft is an extension of the personalized soap dispenser craft found in our workbook, About Me. It’s easy and helps motivate your child to wash her hands.

You will need a soap dispenser with clear soap and a small toy.

Remove the labels from the soap dispenser (*warning: cheaper dispensers have tougher, stickier labels). Twist off the nozzle and push the toy inside. (Small, rubbery toys work best.) Replace the nozzle.

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You could also use cute beads for a future necklace or bracelet craft.

Now, get those hands clean! Hand washing should last for 15 seconds.

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Why We Like It: Your child will want to wash her hands frequently in order to earn the prize when the dispenser is empty. This activity is also a good opportunity for your child to practice her counting!

These activities are great supplements to our Health lesson from About Me – a fun and educational workbook for kids!

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Lesson 17, Health, from About Me.

Good Teeth for Good Food

About Me includes worksheets, sticker pages, and activities - all about the human body!

About Me includes worksheets, sticker pages, and activities – all about the human body!

Project #1 – Good Teeth

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This easy activity is an extension of Activity #3 of our Health lesson in About Me.

You will need:

  1. Large Craft Sticks
  2. Tooth Worksheet
  3. Clear Page Protector
  4. Washable Markers
  5. Sponge
  6. Glue (we used hot glue for quick drying)
  7. Scissors

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Have your child decorate both sides of a craft stick with markers. While she is doing this, cut a small rectangle out of a sponge (for the bristles). Glue the sponge onto one end of the stick. Easy!

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Print out some clip art of teeth, or use our Tooth Decay Worksheet, and place it in a page protector. Your child can draw food on the teeth and “brush” it off with her toothbrush.

Warning: Do not use water! This is not good for the colored craft sticks.

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Why We Like It: Kids love making this craft, and they love making the food particles disappear even more! This activity is a good opportunity to show children the correct way to brush, which is not only side to side, but also in little circles (see this video clip).

 

Project #2: Good Food

This simple activity explains why eating a lot of white flour products can clog you up!

Put 1/3 cup each white and wheat flour into two separate bowls. Have your child handle them – can she see and feel a difference?

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Add 3 tablespoons of water to each bowl and stir.

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When the mixtures are getting too dry, pick up the dough and form a ball of each with your hands. Which one is stickier? Which one is more likely to get stuck in your intestines?

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Why We Like It:  With this activity, children get to feel some fiber and see what happens to a starchy food product when it gets wet. Many children suffer from chronic constipation, and this  will help them understand why they should eat foods with fiber. You can find a good explanation of how wheat and white flours are processed here.

Teach your kids more about their health with our new workbook, About Me!