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Heart Healthy Valentine Party Ideas

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Although I hate to be in charge, I love helping out at the class holiday parties, at the kids school.   However, my running BFF, Eliece, is in charge of her son’s 5th grade class Valentine Party this Friday.  She wanted to put a healthier spin on it, considering they’ll get plenty of candy when they exchange cards, so this is what she came up with!

Heart Healthy Valentines Party!

 Fruit Heart Overhead

 

5 FUN ACTIVITIES THAT ENCOURAGE HEART HEALTH

1. Our HEART needs Exercise:

  • throw a bean bag onto a poster-sized grid with different exercises in each square
  • roll dice (or spinner)
  • do the exercise the bean bag lands on that number of times (or for that many seconds)

2.  Our HEART needs Friends:

  • She made a game , A paper grid they get friends to initial. For example:  someone who has read all 5 Percy Jackson books, someone with a clean desk, someone who takes dance lessons, someone with the same birthday month as you they have to get a different person to initial each box (there are 20) then they get a prize (bouncy ball).  Click here for the game download.

3.  Our HEART needs Hobbies/activities you enjoy

  • Craft:  Make a key ring that says I (heart) ______________
    It is actually a clip they can put on their backpack, so clips, string, alphabet and heart beads.  Example:  I clip_image002basketball    or Iclip_image002[1]music  (whatever they like doing)

 

valentine craft for kids

4.  Our HEART needs to Serve

  • make a gift for teacher:   each child writes 3 specific things they like about Mrs Day.  Put them all in a jar for her to read

5.  Our HEART needs Healthy Food

  • make own trail mix (Ziplocs, pretzels, fish crackers, raisins, m & m, etc.)
  • fruit shish-kabobs (skewers, apple chunks, pineapple, grapes, strawberries)
  • water
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Some great ideas, right!  Changing Valentines from a sugar fest is a healthy way to show your kids you truly love them!



9 Comments

Susan

Great ideas! I’ve been really disappointed to see in the stores so much floor space given to CANDY and very little to paper valentines. Whatever happened to the real valentines day? The candy makers are not suffering any economic depression in their sales. They’ve trapped Valentines Day, Easter, Halloween, AND Christmas. Wonder which holiday they’ll grab next . . . Groundhog DAY? Anything for a buck.

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Ara

For me, celebrating Valentine’s Day is not all about eating sweets giving chocolates and roses to the one you love or truly admired. But it is also a celebration to remind us that we should do things that shows love to the people who deserves to feel it/have it. Or we should do things that will be felt by others even if its not a relative. Sharing some happiness and blessings to others would be a great gift. Simple gift is enough to express our love. =) And another thing, if you’re planning to buy gifts, why not buy a stainless steel tiffin carrier which is a very useful, and beautiful gift. =)

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Alexis

For heart health, try swapping out regular butter for a substitute that can actually improve our kids’ cardiovascular health. I’ve been using this new product called MELT, it tastes great (my kids love it) but it is made of virgin coconut oil and flaxseed oil. Little swaps like this can really make a difference in the way our children learn to eat!

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