Stop Obesity! Get Fit With a Friend


Exercises are ever so much more fun when you do them with a friend! Together, create a fitness course that’s fun AND healthy.


1. Childhood obesity is an epidemic. Eating too much non-nutritious food and doing too little physical activity can lead to obesity. Being overweight is uncomfortable and unhealthy for youth and adults. Exercise is one way to stay healthy.

2. Work out a workout. What can you do to keep fit? With a partner, decide what exercises will be in your routine. Include warm-ups, stretches, some yoga, and aerobic (heart-pounding) activities. With Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils, list your favorites. Mix and match a varied, balanced program.

3. S-t-r-e-t-c-h! Cut cards from posterboard with Crayola scissors. Use Crayola Markers to draw simple figures doing stretches. Use arrows and words to show what to do. One stretch for two is to sit facing each other legs apart, feet touching, holding each other’s wrists. Gently take turns pulling back and forth. Never pull or push beyond what’s comfortable and stop if anything hurts.

4. Design activity boards. On recycled foam produce trays, draw simple figures doing each activity, such as jumping jacks or running in place. Write the number of times you want to do each exercise. Decorate the edges to make a set. With Crayola School Glue, attach two craft sticks to the back of each board. Air-dry the glue. Roll Crayola Model Magic into balls. Press craft sticks into the balls so your boards will stand up. Air-dry overnight.

5. Set up a course! Stand activity boards and place stretch cards around the course. On a blank recycled foam produce tray, record your times and other statistics with markers. It’s time to stay in shape!

Safety Guidelines

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.

Crayola Modeling Materials including Crayola Model Magic®, and Model Magic Fusion™, Crayola Air-Dry Clay, and Crayola Dough—

  • Keep away from open flames. Do not use to make candleholders, hot plates, trivets, or other similar objects that will be used or placed near fire and other heat sources.
  • Do not put in an oven, microwave, or kiln.
  • Do not make into vessels/containers that will hold unpackaged food.
  • The use of modeling material to make items that look like food is discouraged for children younger than age 5 to avoid their confusion with real food.
  • Unless sealed with a water-resistant glaze, do not make projects exposed to or immersed in water, such as boats or outdoor bird feeders. They would disintegrate when exposed to moisture.
  • Crayola Dough—contains gluten (wheat flour) as an ingredient.
  • Crayola Air-Dry Clay, Crayola Model Magic and Model Magic Fusion are gluten-free. However, they are produced on the same machinery as Crayola Dough which does contain gluten. Although the machines are cleaned prior to the start of each production run, there is a slight possibility that trace amounts of gluten from Crayola Dough may be present in the other modeling compound products. For information regarding specific ingredients or allergic concerns, please call our Consumer Affairs department at 1-800-272-9652 weekdays between 9 AM and 4 PM Eastern Standard Time.

Recycled Foam Produce Trays—Wash in hot, soapy water. No meat or poultry trays should be used.

Scissors—ATTENTION: The cutting edges of scissors are sharp and care should be taken whenever cutting or handling. Blunt-tip scissors should be used only by children 4 years and older. Pointed-tip scissors should be used only by children 6 years and older.

Wood—By its nature, wood is rough and may contain splinters or sharp points


  • Assessment: Each student keeps a fitness journal to record the number of times they exercise a week, amount of time, type of exercises, plus any personal goals.
  • Tie geography and fitness together by researching fitness practices throughout history and in different areas. Present a program on "World Fitness" highlighting various unique activities.
  • Campaign for your school to participate in a national fitness program such as Jump for Heart.
  • Identify foods that contribute to rapid weight gain and foods (and portions) that help maintain a healthy weight.

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crayola supplies
  • Erasable Colored Pencils
  • Markers
  • Model Magic®
  • No-Run School Glue
  • Pointed Tip Scissors
household supplies
  • craft sticks
  • posterboard
  • paper towels
  • recycled foam produce trays



  • Grades 1 to 3
  • Grades 4 to 6


  • Science
  • Visual Arts


  • Less than 1/2 hour
  • Multiple Sessions


  • Students in pairs design a fitness course, drawing from their experience and research on exercise and obesity.

  • Students build an exercise track using recycled materials.

  • Students participate in a personalized fitness program.


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