Staying Physically and Mentally Healthy During the Pandemic

Practicing COVID safety can make it difficult to maintain physical and mental health. This module is meant to make staying healthy easier to achieve for 6 to 8 year olds both at home and at school through fun outdoor activities and through introspection.

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Topic: Staying Healthy During Pandemics (6-8 Year Olds)

Activity 1: Scavenger Hunt!—a fun way to move around, stay active, and get outside
At Home - have someone place common household items of your choice around the house or yard (or simply search for all the items on the list)
Or have parents make a list of items around the house for you to find—race w/ siblings, friends (over Zoom), etc.
At School - have teacher make a list of items to find around the schoolyard/playground

Activity 2: Outdoor Paper-Airplane Competition—a fun way to get outside but also get creative
Paper Airplane Folding Module:
Teach about the science of paper airplanes:https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/articles/teaching-content/what-makes-paper-airplanes-fly/
Introduce a few different methods to make them
Art: allow students to decorate their paper airplanes using markers, crayons, etc.

Activity 3: Journaling—a good way to reflect, be thoughtful, and exercise creative writing skills
Record your thoughts and feelings in a notebook each day
Highs, Lows, and Buffaloes
Highs - good things that happened that day
Lows - bad things that happened that day
Buffaloes - something silly or random
How they are feeling about the pandemic
Students can share what they wrote if they choose to
Sample creative writing prompts
If you could be any animal for a day, what would it be and why?
If you could eat a meal with any famous person in history, who would it be and why?
If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
*Teachers should be mindful of whether or not students want them to discuss what they write in their journals.
Have students write Yes or No at the top of their entry to indicate if this is okay

(If time:) Activity 4: Personalized Exercise Routine: pick fun exercises for yourself
Students can write up a daily exercise routine for them to do every couple of hours. This will keep them from sitting all day.
Exercise routines should be brief (i.e. 20 jumping jacks and 10 pushups)
share/perform for the class in a showcase

Conclusion: Ask the class, “What did you learn? Do you feel that some of these activities could be incorporated into your daily life at home as well?”
There are a lot of fun, creative ways we can stay healthy at home while keeping ourselves safe from COVID-19
Especially during a pandemic, you should make your mental and physical health a priority!

Materials Needed: paper for making paper airplanes and journaling, art supplies