Make a "Happy and Healthy" Flag
How to Make a Flag continued...
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
- 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.
This activity is appropriate for kids ages 4 to 7. Your child will probably enjoy this activity more if you help her. Come up with ideas for pictures together. Talk about why these activities and foods are healthy and how they help your body. Reinforce that being healthy is fun and makes you feel good. If your child likes to draw, you might want to make one flag each for moving, eating, and resting.
Older children may enjoy doing this activity by cutting out pictures from magazines, catalogs, newspaper ads -- or even taking digital photos and printing them with your help -- then gluing or pasting the pictures to their flag or flags. To make a larger flag, you can use a full sheet of paper and attach it to a stick used to stir paint.
What to Teach Your Child: Being Happy and Being Healthy Go Together
This activity will help your child make a positive association between healthy behaviors and feeling happy. Help him to see how being happy and healthy go together.
On the one hand, his pictures are examples of ways that being healthy make him happy. On the other hand, his emotional state can also influence his well-being. When he is unhappy, he is probably more inclined to do unhealthy things. When he is sad, he may not want to play and might want to eat candy or treats to feel better. When he is mad, he may find it hard to sleep. But when he is happy, he is more likely to play actively, to eat nutritious food, and to be able to rest.