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Health, Fitness & Nutrition
Early Childhood Thematic Program


Carle, Eric
From Head to Toe
Encourages the reader to exercise by following the movements of various animals; presented in a question and answer format.
Shannon, David
Murphy Meets the Treadmill
Having decided that her yellow Labrador is overweight, Cheryl puts him on a diet and makes him exercise, a program which has marvelous results.
Shannon, David
Duck on a Bike
A duck decides to ride a bike and soon influences all the other animals on the farm to ride bikes too.
Carlson, Nancy
Get Up and Go!
Text and illustrations encourage readers, regardless of shape or size, to turn off the television and play games, walk, dance, and engage in sports and other forms of exercise.
Ehlert, Lois
Eating the Alphabet
An alphabetical tour of the world of fruits and vegetables, from apricot and artichoke to yam and zucchini.


"Healthy Habits"

By Susan Paprocki from 1001 Rhymes and Fingerplays

Be sure to eat nutritious foods to keep your body strong. Too much candy, junk and pop can do your body wrong. Be sure to get a lot of sleep each and every night. You'll feel good in the morning when your night is right. Be sure to wash both hands and use a lot of soap Don't give cold and flu germs any kind of hope.

Stretch: "Clap Your Hands"

By Dawn Thimm from 1001 Rhymes and Fingerplays

Clap your hands,
touch your toes.
Stamp your feet,
wiggle your nose.
Clap your hands,
touch your wrist.
Stamp your feet,
make a fist.
Clap your hands,
touch your hips.
Stamp your feet,
Smack your lips.
Clap your hands,
touch your thighs.
Stamp your feet,
blink your eyes.


Story Stretchers

  • Fruit Basket
    Create a basket from brown construction paper. Find pictures or draw pictures of different kinds of fruit. Glue them onto the fruit basket.
  • Community Helpers
    Make a chart of community helpers that help to keep our bodies healthy: doctor, nurse, grocer, dentist, farmer, etc.
  • The Sneeze
    During circle time explain what happens when you sneeze. Demonstrate a sneeze with a spray bottle and spray the room. Have the children stand up that received the wet spray. Explain that they now have someone's germs. Then sneeze into your hand to show how you trapped the germs. Immediately after, use hand sanitizer or wash hands. This shows how important it is to wash.