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BLAST Early Learning
Health and Sickness

Books:

Wilson, Karma and Jane Chapman
Bear Feels Sick
When Bear is too sick to play, his animal friends go to his cave to make him soup and tea and keep him company.
 
Senker, Cath
Healthy Choices: Keeping Clean
Explains why it is important to keep clean
 
Yolen, Jane
How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon?
Illustrated by Mark Teague
Describes what a young dinosaur should do in order to quickly get over being sick.
 

Open-ended Questions for Bear Feels Sick:

  • How do you think Bear’s friends got sick?
  • What were some of the things that Bear’s friends did to help him to feel better?


 

Song:

Shake My Sillies Out
(Raffi's "Singable Songs for the Very Young")

Gotta shake, shake, shake my sillies out
Shake, shake, shake my sillies out
Shake, shake, shake my sillies out
And wiggle my waggles away.

Gotta clap, clap, clap my crazies out
Clap, clap, clap my crazies out
Clap, clap, clap my crazies out
And wiggle my waggles away.

Gotta jump, jump, jump my jiggles out…

Gotta yawn, yawn, yawn my sleepies out…

Gotta shake, shake, shake my sillies out...

 

 

Chant:

The Healthy Army
(You're the drill sergeant and the children repeat after you)
(taken from www.everythingpreschool.com)

We are healthy little ones
(We are healthy little ones)
Watch us jump and watch us run
(Watch us jump and watch us run)
Healthy bodies, healthy hearts
(Healthy bodies, healthy hearts)
We are winners from the start
(We are winners from the start)

 

Vocabulary Word:

doze: v. fall asleep

“They sing lullabies.  Then the bear starts to doze.”
(taken from Bear Feels Sick by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman)

 

Activities:

Math:  My Heartbeat
(taken from www.everythingpreschool.com)
Obtain cheap stethoscopes or make your own (tissue rolls). Let your children listen to each other's heartbeats. Then have them exercise for a few minutes and listen to each other's heartbeats again. See if they can tell a difference.

Art: Sneeze Splatter Painting
Give each child a piece of paper, and trace both of the child's hands on his/her paper. Then, dip toothbrushes in paint, and let the children splatter the paint from the toothbrush onto the hands on their paper. Explain that when you sneeze or cough, germs get all over your hands, and you need to wash them very well to get all of the germs off.

Science: Glitter Germs
(taken from www.everythingpreschool.com)
After explaining to your children what germs are, tell them that you are going to pretend that glitter is germs. Put glitter on your hand and shake a child's hand. Show the children how that child now has your germs. Let that child shake another child's hand. Continue until all children have glitter on their hands. Then one at a time have your children wash their hands and show them how the germs (glitter) have disappeared.

 

Literature:

Berger, Melvin
Germs Make Me Sick!
Illustrated by Marylin Hafner
Explains how bacteria and viruses affect the human body and how the body fights them.
 
Murphy, Liz
ABC Doctor
To ease youngsters' apprehension about having a checkup, this book goes over the ABCs of visiting the doctor from examinations and fevers to nurses and x-rays.
 
Katzen, Mollie
Salad People and More Real Recipes
Complete with kitchen tips, safety, and behavior rules, this model children's kitchen guide contains recipes for 20 vegetarian dishes kids can prepare themselves with a little help from their adult assistant.