Healthy eating and physical activity solutions for kids

Help Kids Connect Gardening and Active Play

Do you know how many households in America are growing food at home or in a community garden? Answer: 35% or 42 million households; that’s up 17% in 5 years!

Not only do gardens provide nourishing foods, but healthy physical activity as well! As we begin our Grow a Healthy Summer theme, this week's activity supports gardening as a FUN form of active play for kids and families!

Hear - See - Do Activity Idea

Help kids hear the message that growing a garden can offer fun active play.

Let them see examples of gardening tasks.

Let them do by acting out gardening tasks

  1. Ask kids questions that relate to a healthy balance of foods and physical activity.
  • How many people do you know that have a garden?
  • Name some gardening tasks. (hoeing, digging, carrying bags of soil or pots)
  • What type of physical activity could these gardening tasks add to your day? (lifting weights, reaching, bending and stretching)

2. Have kids act out the gardening tasks mentioned, or perform those tasks outside.

3. Explain that May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month and that gardening is a FUN way of being outside and active! Challenge kids to help with gardening tasks at home or seek out opportunities with a community garden.

More Move & Learn ideas like these can be found in our Balance My Day™curriculum and Berry, Berry Good booklet.

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