In celebration of Valentine’s Day—and because February is Heart Health Month—this week’s DIY Kid Activity is to make a Healthy Heart Collage to hang in your room or on the refrigerator!  Choose the most colorful photos of your favorite healthy foods.  It will be a great reminder of how much you love your heart and why it’s important to feed it well!

Start with a healthy heart…

Projected Time:  Approximately 30 minutes.

Materials: Red or pink construction paper, scissors, markers, magazine clippings of colorful, natural foods, and glue.

Adult Prep: Gather magazines that kids can cut up.  For younger kids, consider preparing the construction paper hearts ahead of time (older kids can draw and cut out the heart shape themselves).

Kids’ Activity:

  1. Cut a large heart shape out of construction paper.  Label it “My Healthy Heart.”
  2. Flip through magazines to find photos of your favorite healthy foods and cut them out in different shapes and sizes.
  3. Glue the magazine clippings onto the heart to represent all the things you want to feed your heart to keep it healthy!
  4. … and fill it in with clippings of your favorite heart-healthy foods!

    Hang the heart somewhere you’ll see it all the time!

Post photographs of your healthy heart creations with us in the comment section.

– Stacey Antine, MS RD, author, Appetite for Life and founder, HealthBarn USA

A healthy lifestyle isn’t all about food: keeping kids active and fostering their creativity is essential for healthy development, too!  In this blog, I’ll be sharing weekly activity ideas for families to do together.

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