Use crafts to engage preschool children in learning about good health. Providing healthy body crafts to preschool children teaches them the importance of healthy habits. In these crafts include lessons about eating well and maintaining good hygiene. Let the preschool children share their projects with the rest of the class for more learning opportunities.
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Healthy foods craft
Teach the children about how healthy foods keep their bodies healthy. Talk about the healthy food groups. Cover fruits and vegetables, grains, meats and dairy products. Ask the children to pick a favourite food item from each category. Have them draw and colour each food item they picked. Help them cut out the individual food items. Pass out paper plates to all of the students. Let them glue or tape their food items to the plates.
Healthy versus junk food craft
Provide magazines with pictures of food, either in the articles or the advertisements, to the children. Ask them to cut out all the food they can find. Make sure each child has a stack of at least 10 different food items. Give each child a sheet of construction paper. Have the draw a line down the middle of the paper. Tell them to glue healthy food items to one side and junk food items to the other side of the line.
Talk to the preschool children about the parts of their body. Use basic parts such as head, arms, hands, legs and feet. Instruct the children to draw different parts of the body on separate pieces of paper. On each page, have the children draw ways to keep that body part healthy. For the legs, a child can draw someone running. On the hands, a child can draw soap and bubbles to indicate hand washing. Collect the papers and attach together to create a book.
Soap making craft
Teach preschool children the importance of hand washing as a way to maintain a healthy body. Help children make their own soap. Use shape moulds used for candy or soap making. Ask the children to choose a favourite mould. Find different colours of glycerine soap. Cut into one-inch chunks. Let the children choose different coloured chunks of soap. Have an adult melt the soap, in a microwave-safe bowl, in the microwave. Pour the melted soap into the moulds. Let cool completely then give the soap the child. Let them keep their soap to wash their hands often.
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