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Make a "Happy and Healthy" Flag

Boy holding American flagDo you know what a flag is? A flag is a kind of picture. A flag tells a story about something.

Some flags are squares. Some flags are rectangles. Some flags are triangles. Most flags are made out of cloth or paper. Many flags are on sticks, and you can wave them.

Do you know what the United States flag looks like? It has white stripes and red stripes. It has white stars in a blue rectangle. The flag tells a story about how the United States became a country long ago.

You can make a flag. You can make a flag that tells a story about you. Your flag can tell a story about how you like to be healthy. Put pictures on your flag of things that are good for you and make you happy.

Your flag can have pictures of:

  • Foods you like to eat that are good for you
  • Ways you like to move every day
  • Things you like to rest with

Being healthy can make you happy. Being healthy helps your body grow, too.

What can you do with your flag? You can have a parade! March and wave your flag! Wave your flag to show that you are happy to be healthy. You can hang your flag in your room to remind you that being healthy makes you happy.

What You Need to Make a Flag

  • 1/2 sheet of paper
  • Crayons, markers, or colored pencils
  • 2 drinking straws
  • Tape

How to Make a Flag

Ask for paper to draw on. The paper is going to be your flag. You are going to draw 3 pictures on your flag.

Draw a picture about moving your body on your flag. Moving is healthy. Moving makes your body strong. How do you have fun when you move? Do you like to skip? Do you like to dance? What things do you like to play with when you move? Here are some things you might draw:

  • A bike
  • A ball
  • Music or dance shoes
  • You walking your dog
  • A swimming pool

Draw a picture about eating healthy foods on your flag. Eating healthy foods gives you energy to play. Eating healthy foods helps keeps germs away so you don't get sick. What healthy foods do you like to eat? You might draw:

  • An apple
  • Grapes
  • Corn
  • Chicken
  • Milk
  • Wheat bread

Draw a picture about resting on your flag. Resting is healthy. Resting helps your body grow. What do you like to do when you rest during quiet time? What things do you take to bed with you when it is time to sleep? You might draw:

  • A teddy bear
  • A blanket
  • Books
  • Your bed

Do you have more room on your flag? You can draw more pictures about moving and eating healthy food and resting. Now your flag tells a story about what makes you happy and healthy!

Wave your flag. Your flag needs a stick so you can wave it. Tape the two straws together. Then tape the straws to the back of the paper on one side. If you need help, ask an adult to tape your flag to the straws.

Now you can wave your flag! Show everyone what makes you happy and healthy.

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