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Healthy-Heart Science Activities


February is American Heart Month! As a parent or teacher, how do you help children learn about a heart-healthy lifestyle? Begin with activities that help children understand how their heart works and share healthful habits. Here are a few ideas:

Healthy Heart Classroom Activities

Taking Care of My Body
Grades PreK–K: Taking Care of My Body
This reproducible book is for children to color, cut out, and take home, and includes an activity to determine whether an action is healthy or not. From Early Childhood Thematic Series

Heart and Lungs
Grades K–1: Heart and Lungs
This science unit provides activities on the body’s heart and lungs, plus an experiment about how much air is in our lungs. From Science Works for Kids: Learning About My Body

The Heart Pumps Blood
Grades 1–3: The Heart Pumps Blood
This unit includes information on the circulation system, directions for conducting experiments and activities, and a minibook. From Science Works for Kids: How Your Body Works

The Heart and Lungs Work Together
Grades 4–6: The Heart and Lungs Work Together
This unit about the human body encourages students to conduct three experiments on how the heart and lungs work together. From Science Works for Kids: The Human Body

Healthy Cooking with Kids

Heart-HealthThe American Heart Association has a plethora of helpful information on their site, including the Cooking with Heart for Kids demonstration. Download the free guide for instructions and talking points to hold a hands-on cooking demonstration (in the classroom or at home). Plus, the guide includes healthy eating recommendations and two simple recipes to make with kids, such as the Green Monster Smoothie.

Healthy Reading for Kids

This PBS Parents’ site provides a great book list for Healthy Reading for Kids. The books are suitable for toddlers up to 3rd graders.

Image of Theresa WoolerTheresa Wooler has more than 10 years’ experience in K–6 classrooms as a parent volunteer and homeschool educator, has taught high school English, and is currently involved in education through Evan-Moor’s marketing communications team.

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