Each child was givena chart of faces expressing different emotions, and they got to go through and find the one that showed the way they were feeling that day. I have plans for mine that I am sure I will share when I am done.
Snack Time: Again, instead of teaching then doing the activity, she taught as they snacked. She pulled out the snacks one at a time, and we learned what food group they were in, and how that food group helps our bodies. She served carrots and apples and we learned they were from the fruits and vegetables group, which have lots of vitamins and are good for keeping our tissues healthy. She passed out cheese, from the milk group, and it has calcium which helps your bones and teeth. The grains group was represented by crackers and by mini muffins (oh, so good!) and she taught that grains were good for giving us energy to play. She also served little cubes of ham for the meat and alternatives group and we reviewed that meat has protein and helps us build muscles. To drink she served water and taught us that staying hydrated was important for our health too.
Craft Time: We made popsicle stick puppets. She had prepared supplies for many different animals for us to choose from: pigs, lions, sloths, giraffes, cats, monkeys, mice.... We coloured the pictures, and glued on the sticks. Then while the kids were playing with them, she taught the importance of sleep and how it is when we are sleeping that our bodies can focus on growing and healing. Then we guessed which of the animals we had made slept the most and which slept the least. Did you know a giraffe only sleeps for half an hour per day??? CRAZY! The animal that slept the most was the sloth. Twenty-one hours per day.
We also learned the stages of the sleep cycle, and ways to help us fall asleep at night. These included having a routine before bed, not eating a big meal right before it is time to lay down, and getting lots of exercise during the day.