Happy, Healthy Habits
Active kids are likely to be physically fit, make friends, be confident, and strive for goals! Their drawings capture the joys of an active, healthy lifestyle.
1. What are your favorite physical activities? Team sports, dance, martial arts, hiking, walking, backyard games, biking? With Crayola® Washable Markers, make a chart showing all of the physical activities you and your classmates do.
2. What are the benefits of these physical activities? Why do you like to challenge yourself? How do these activities make you feel? What do you learn from being part of a team or group? Why is physical activity important to your health? Add the benefits of being active to your chart.
3. Use Crayola Crayons to draw yourself participating in your favorite active sport or hobby. Show the benefits of the activity for you and your friends, such as reaching goals, self-expression, pride, teamwork, energy, strength, or enjoyment. Make your drawings colorful and eye-catching. Mix new colors by layering light coats of various crayon colors. Fill the whole paper with color.
Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.
- Help children understand and respect differences among people during physical activities. Identify situations that may make physical activities more challenging for some. Brainstorm ideas about how individuals with special needs can still enjoy favorite physical activities. Discuss how other participants can help individuals with special needs take part in physical activities. Draw pictures of groups of differently-abled children enjoying various physical activities using adaptive equipment and teamwork.
- Display this artwork during TV Turn-Off Week in April, World Health Day on April 7, or in May for National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. Encourage young writers to prepare short statements about the benefits of physical fitness to display with drawings.