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Health Education Activities
Health-Related Children’s Books
Online Health Games

These are health-related activities that parents and children can do together. Health education activities are those that could be done within a family literacy class or community education setting. Health-related children’s books and online games can be shared in class or at home.



Health Education Activities

American Heart Association Kids Page E for Easy to Read
Activities, worksheets, and games. Look for those rated for preschool and kindergarten.
Direct Link:
www.americanheart.org/
presenter.jhtml?identifier=3028650

Home Page:
www.americanheart.org

Color Me Healthy
Activities Simple activities for kids and parents.
Direct Link:
www.healthliteracy.worlded.org/docs/colormehealthy

Home Page:
www.healthliteracy.worlded.org/

Educator’s Reference Desk E for Easy to Read
Look for lessons rated for preschool and kindergarten.
Direct Link:
www.eduref.org/cgi-bin/lessons.cgi/Health

Home Page:
www.eduref.org

Family Literacy EL/Civics Health Awareness Curriculum
Each section of this family literacy curriculum includes a parent-child activity.
Direct Link:
www.aelweb.vcu.edu/publications
/healthlit/sections/d/familylit.pdf

Home Page:
www.aelweb.vcu.edu

Food and Fun for Families
Lesson plans, handouts, slide shows, and community teaching kits. Direct Link:
www.nal.usda.gov/wicworks/Food_Fun/index.html

Home Page:
www.nal.usda.gov

Nutrition Education Activities
Food-related activities for kids, one is in French.
Direct Link:
www.bcdf.org/nutrition_education/downloadableactivities/
downloadableactivities_Elementary.htm

Home Page:
www.bcdf.org/index.htm

Risk Watch Program E for Easy to Read
Look for lessons rated for preschool and kindergarten.
Direct Link:
www.nfpa.org/riskwatch/home.html

Home Page:
www.nfpa.org

Sink Those Germs Game
Learn about germs and food safety.
Direct Link:
www.lancaster.unl.edu/food/sinkgerms.htm
Home Page:
www.lancaster.unl.edu/food/

Spectacular Me Activity
Poem about the body and keeping healthy, with discussion questions.
Direct Link:
www.healthy-start.com/healthy.pdf
Home Page:
www.healthy-start.com/index.html



Health-Related Children’s Books

There are many good children’s books that address health. Use these search sites to find those that fit your needs. Look at both fiction and non-fiction categories to find books that can generate discussion and books with factual information.

Children’s Picture Book Database
Contains over 5,000 picture books for children pre-K through 3rd grade. Browse the Health and Medicine category to find health topics of interest. Click on a key word for a list of book titles, each with a short abstract, the author, date, and publisher.
Direct Link:
www.lib.muohio.edu/pictbks

Home Page:
www.lib.muohio.edu

Helping Books Connection
Includes children’s books, pre-K through young adult, that focus on personal issues relevant to kids. You may do a Subject Search by categories such as Social Issues, Social Event, or Life Events to find books on topics such as violence, substance abuse, going to the doctor, illness, and more.
Direct Link:
www.helpingbooks.lib.oh.us/booksearch.cfm
Home Page:
www.helpingbooks.lib.oh.us



Online Health Games

Animations & Games for Oral Health
Online oral health games and puzzles.
Direct Link:
www.ada.org/public/games/games.asp#dental
Home Page:
www.ada.org

Arianna’s Food Force One
Online nutrition game.
Direct Link:
www.nutritionexplorations.org/kids/main.asp

Home Page:
www.nutritionexplorations.org/

BBC Kids Health
Explore the body with animated games with sound.
Direct Link:
www.bbc.co.uk/health/kids/index.shtml

Home Page:
www.bbc.co.uk/health

Department of Human Services Kids’ Activities
Links to kid-friendly activities related to health.
Direct Link:
www.hhs.gov/kids

Home Page:
www.hhs.gov

Dole 5 A Day Games
Nutrition games and activities.
Direct Link:
www.dole5aday.com/MusicAndPlay/M_Games.jsp

Home Page:
www.dole5aday.com

Fight Bac! Keep Foods Safe from Bacteria
Activities and games for kids and a food safety mobile coloring book.
Direct Link:
http://portal.fightbac.org/kids.cfm
Book and Game:
www.fsis.usda.gov/food_safety_education
/thermy_for_kids/index.asp

Home Page:
www.fightbac.org

Food Safety Quiz
Simple online quiz.
Direct Link: www.fda.gov/oc/opacom/kids/html/wash__hands.htm
Home Page:
www.fda.gov/oc/opacom/kids

KidsHealth: Game Closet
Online games, animations, and experiments.
Direct Link:
www.kidshealth.org/kid/closet

Home Page:
www.kidshealth.org

NIEHS Kids Pages
Links to kid-friendly activities related to environmental health.
Direct Link:
www.niehs.nih.gov/kids

Home Page:
www.niehs.nih.gov

Risk Watch Kids Page E for Easy to Read
Safety games and activities for readers and non-readers. Direct Link:
www.nfpa.org/riskwatch/kids.html

Home Page:
www.nfpa.org/riskwatch/home.html

Sparky the Fire Dog E for Easy to Read
Information, games, and activities to help kids learn fire safety.
Home Page:
www.sparky.org

USDA for Kids
Links to kid-friendly activities related to food and nutrition.
Home Page:
www.usda.gov



WEB TIP
“http://” and “www”

If you are typing in Web addresses (URLs), you usually don’t need to put the “http://” part: just start at the “www”. However, some URLs (not many) do not have a “www” and will not work if you do put in “www”.



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