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with activities for children aged 4 through 11
Long-term good health is less an accident than the result of good habits and wise choices. To enjoy good health now and in the future, youngsters must learn how to eat, exercise, sleep, control stress, and be responsible for personal cleanliness and reducing the risk of disease. In addition, they need to be aware of what to do in an emergency and when to say "no".
Habits that include eating nutritious foods and understanding the relationship between physical and emotional health will help your child grow up healthy. Your child's ability to learn and the chances for a longer and more productive life can be greatly improved by developing and following good health practices.First of All, Your Child Is Special
The mental and emotional health of your child is just as important as physical health. From the earliest moment, a child needs to feel that he or she is special and cared about by family members and friends.
A child who enjoys good mental and emotional health is able to approach new situations with confidence. When children are comfortable with themselves, they can express their emotions in a positive way. As children learn to value themselves and develop confidence in their ability to make responsible decisions, they are building a sense of self-worth or self-esteem.
Parents and teachers share the responsibility for helping children build self-confidence. A child who is confident is more successful in everyday interactions with peers and adults. Confidence in one's ability to learn new and difficult skills can affect future achievement, as well. Developing a trusting relationship with your child, establishing open communication, and recognizing personal achievements are all important. When children know they can do something well, it makes them feel special.
Young children love to cut and paste. They can learn about their emotions at the same time.
A Mirror Of Me
Help your child frame a mirror with items that represent the things your child likes.
A Quilt of Many Feelings
Traditionally, making quilts has been a way for people to express themselves through the use of color and pattern in a practical way. A quilt of faces can help your child understand how emotions are conveyed through facial expressions.
A folder with your child's name on it can help your child get organized while enhancing self-image.
Names are very important to children. Just think of how upset they get when they are called names. Talk with your child about his or her name. Is there a favorite nickname? What does the name mean? Was your child named for someone? This is an opportunity for you and your child to talk together to build a strong self-image.Back to the Activities Table of Contents
This Is the Way We Wash Our Hands
Children have to be reminded to wash their hands. This is a way to turn the reminder into fun.
Washing your hands is one of the best ways to avoid spreading germs to prevent disease. It is especially important when eating or handling food.Back to the Activities Table of Contents
Smile If You Like Me
Make a game out of introducing your child to new foods.
This activity gives your child a chance to enjoy and learn about a variety of foods without the pressure of having to "clean your plate" at mealtime. One point to remember when doing this activity is to try not to use food as a reward or bribe.Back to the Activities Table of Contents
Follow the Recipe!
One way to get children to eat healthful food, especially vegetables, is to involve them in the selection and preparation of a recipe.
Pediatricians recommend that parents should get more involved with their children. What better way than by making a game out of cooking, a necessary task but one in which everyone can be involved. Having your children participate in food selection can help you manage food choices for toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary school children.Back to the Activities Table of Contents
Oven-Fried Potatoes - This activity requires parental supervision
Here is a healthful recipe that you might want to try.
Makes 6 servings
Safety tips in the kitchen:
Children should not be left unsupervised when electrical appliances, flame, or heat are involved. Be extra careful with moving equipment, such as rotary blades of a mixer, food processor, blender, or hand mixer. Knives, scissors, and the like are best for older children. Remind children that handles of utensils on a stove top should be turned inward. Stirring spoons (especially metal ones) should have long handles and be kept away from the heat. Keep an eye on children near stoves, no matter what age and keep small children away from heat of any kind.Back to the Activities Table of Contents
What We Can Do To Help Our Children Learn:
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