Just because you can’t take a nap doesn’t mean you can’t relax as a way to recharge your body during the day. Here are some activities to energize kids throughout the day.
The lessons in this unit teach kids that recharge is all about energy—and that your energy is a key influencer of healthy choices. You recharge your energy two ways:
*Following are the minimum and maximum hours of sleep for different age groups as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics:
Sometimes when we’ve been sitting for too long, we can get tired and groggy. Let’s think of some ways we can clear our minds and recharge for the rest of the day. Write your school or city's name on poster board or white board and create an acronym with ways to recharge without a screen throughout the day (e.g., Admire works of art, Balance on one foot, Create a collage, etc.). Compare your ideas with the suggestions on the recharge page of the ABCs of a Healthy Me Printable Poster Pack.
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Consider the Best Way to Recharge Things
People are not the only ones who need to recharge their energy from time to time. Help your students match the object with the best refresh choice on the slideshow.
Brainstorm Ways to Relax and Recharge
Explain that your body needs to relax for short periods of time to recharge throughout the day. Examples of ways to relax include quiet activities, such as stretching, reading, listening to music, drawing, and walking. Screen time is not relaxation. It stimulates brain activity rather than recharge the body.
Check for understanding: Take time to _ _ _ _ _ throughout the day to recharge your energy!
Make a Take-a-Break Basket
Students plan ways they will relax to refresh their energy by making a Take a Break Basket.
Students name things they can use for quiet time, such as: art supplies, writing materials, board games, playing cards, books, music, or puzzles. They may list or draw items, using the printable.
Take the time each day to step back from the stress of a full day and relax. Recharge your body and mind, so you can be your best at school, with your friends, and at home.
Time: 20 Minutes
Introduce healthy bedtime routines to kids. Part of this routine is creating a sleep zone. Kids will connect sleep zones with bedtime routines.See Unit
Kids will learn about the "sleep zone," which is an environment conducive to sleep. When a sleep zone is paired with a bedtime routine, it will help kids recharge each night.See Unit