Lesson

Tips for Helping Kids Relax

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.

Objectives

  • Describe healthy ways to relax during the day to refresh your energy.

Lesson Plan

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:

  1. Sleep 9–12 hours each night to restore energy. 
  2. Relax and do a quiet activity without screen time (e.g., draw, write, read, do puzzles, etc.). 
     

Set The Stage

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 the alphabet on a poster and try to come up with 26 different ways to recharge without a screen during the day (e.g. A = admire works of art, B = balance on one foot, C = create a collage).

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Captivate

Consider the Best Way to Recharge Things

People are not the only ones who need to refresh their energy from time to time. Help your students match the object with the best refresh choice.

Educate

Brainstorm Ways to Relax and Recharge

Explain that your body needs to relax for short periods of time to recharge during 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 _ _ _ _ _ during the day to refresh your energy!

Activate

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.

Close the Lesson

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.

Grade: K-2

Time: 20 Minutes

What You'll Need

Resources

Materials
  • Poster Board or White Board
  • Slideshow
  • Markers

Health Education Standards

  • Standard 1: Core Concepts - Get an appropriate amount of sleep and rest.
  • Standard 4: Interpersonal Communication
  • Standard 5: Decision-Making

 

Social and Emotional Learning Competencies

  • Responsible Decision-Making

Extend the Lesson

  • Play the fitGame, Energy Tag.
  • Do a fitBoost or fitFlow yoga. Have Kids talk about their energy before and after each activity.
  • Listen to I Need My Energy from the fit music playlist to help kids learn about healthy ways to get energy to play and grow.

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