Parent-Child Activities for World Heart Day
The last Sunday of September is World Heart Day. Even though your child might not need to worry about her heart health right now, it’s never too early to learn about how the body works and what it takes to maintain it. While you don’t need to get in-depth with your very young child (it’s not likely that your preschooler will understand a detailed biology lesson), you can help her to learn a thing or two about heart health. How? Check out these easy activities!
What you eat is important to how healthy your heart is. Teach this lesson to your child by letting her help you plan, shop for, prepare and eat a heart-healthy meal. Show her pictures of foods, asking your child to point to healthy and not healthy items. Pick and choose which items you want to include in your meal, and then head to the store – together. Even though your child can’t use the stove or oven, she can help you to measure and mix ingredients.
Along with healthy eating, exercise is necessary to keep your heart in top-top shape. Instead of heading off to the gym by yourself, make exercise into a family activity. Go on walks through your neighborhood together, dance in the living room (it’s a cardio activity) or race around a backyard obstacle course.
Craft Something with Heart
Help your child to share the love – and a healthy message. Cut out paper hearts and ask your child to color them or add special messages (if she can’t write the words herself, you can write out what she says). Give the heart cards to family or friends!