Extension Activities


How the Body Works Series (videos, handouts, dictionary, quizzes, games) from Nemours KidsHealth



Suggested Activities 


Pre-k through Grade 2 

Assign a color of the rainbow for each day of the week (i.e., Monday-red, Tuesday-orange/yellow, Wednesday-green, Thursday-blue, Friday-purple). The students can bring in a healthy snack corresponding to the day’s color and/or wear that color.

Create a graph on chart paper to track the different colors of whole food snacks the students bring each day. At the end of each week, make a rainbow using only the colors from the chart. Or create tallies next to each color and show students how the numbers change each week, based on their snacks.


Grades 3 through 5

  • Have the students write about what wellness means to them and why it’s important. Use their responses to start a class wellness book, where you can also add some of their favorite recipes and experiences from the program.
  • Have each child create a list of their favorite fruits and vegetables. Then have them go through and write next to each one which vitamin(s) it contains. They can use this as a reference to remember to “eat” their vitamins each day.
  • Create a chart to hang in the classroom that lists vitamins A-E and the foods and colors associated with them. Make a point of showing children that green is the color that appears most often. Let them know this is because leafy greens contain the most vitamins and are the healthiest foods we can eat.
  • Make up a game using flashcards or pictures of foods, and have children name the type of fat each food contains.
  • Use food labels to support math lessons (i.e. determine the number of calories in the whole package vs. per serving, the grams of sugar, etc.)
  • Ask students to bring in photos from magazines or newspapers of examples of healthy and unhealthy fats, and use them to create a chart. Encourage children to take note of the healthy fats they consume each day.