How Kids Can Relax and Recharge | Sanford Fit

Lesson

How Kids Can Relax and Recharge

Kids will improve their well-being once they understand that they have the power to make healthy choices about their sleep habits and how they relax.

Objectives

  • Describe ways to recharge energy that include sleeping and relaxing without a screen.

Info to Know

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. Relax and do a quiet activity without screen time such as mindful activities, drawing, writing, reading, or doing puzzles. 
  2. Sleep 9–12 hours each night to restore energy.*

*Following are the minimum and maximum hours of sleep for different age groups as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics:

  • Ages 4-12 months: 12-16 hours (including naps)
  • Ages 1-2 years: 11-14 hours (including naps)
  • Ages 3-5 years: 10-13 hours (including naps)
  • Age 6-12 years: 9-12 hours
  • Age 13-18 years: 8-10 hours

     

Set The Stage

Ask your kids to share some ways they calm their body and mind. If they choose things like watching TV or playing video games, continue the conversation about how screen time can sometimes rev up our bodies. Kids will agree that screens get them excited. Encourage them to think about ways they can actually calm the body and brain.

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Captivate

Quiet Activities That Refresh the Body

Review healthy choices to recharge energy:

  • Do a quiet activity (without screens).
  • Go to bed early enough to get 9-12 hours of sleep.

Educate

Practice Breathing Exercises

You can do a breathing exercise: 

  1. Sit up tall or lie on the floor. 
  2. Inhale slowly through your nose while counting to four. 
  3. Exhale slowly through your mouth while counting to eight.
  4. Repeat 5–10 times. 
  5. Stand up and stretch toward the ceiling, then toward the floor. 
  6. Smile! You now know a new way to recharge! 

Check for understanding: What can you do so you have enough energy to make fit choices?

Activate

Plan for a Relaxing Weekend

Students use the Recharge Your Energy printable to make a puzzle with images of relaxing activities. Share with students that these activities pictured and doing puzzles are examples of things they can do to recharge their energy.

Remind students that recharge, along with mood, influences healthy food and move choices.

Close the Lesson

Learning to calm the body and relax is an important skill for all people to acquire. At school, find a hallway or area to post the Wellness Way sensory path. Your kids can use this anytime to calm themselves and refocus their energy. Challenge students to track their bedtimes to ensure they are getting the 9–12 hours of sleep they need each night. Discuss what students can do to recharge their energy on their own and when they may need help from an adult.

The earlier we help kids make time to relax, the more likely they are to make it a habit.

Grade: K-2

Time: 20 Minutes

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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