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 will get plenty of candy when they exchange cards, so this is what she came up with!
Heart Healthy Valentines Party!
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).
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 basketball or music (whatever they like doing).
4. Our HEART needs to Serve
- make a gift for the 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 your own trail mix (Ziplocs, pretzels, fish crackers, raisins, m & m, etc.)
- fruit shish-kabobs (skewers, apple chunks, pineapple, grapes, strawberries)
Some great ideas, right! Changing Valentines from a sugar fest is a healthy way to show your kids you truly love them!