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If you are looking for a fun, simple way to teach your children about health and fitness, check out Lizzy Rockwell‘s The Busy Body Book: A Kid’s Guide to Fitness. She does an amazing job intertwining science lessons about how the body works with ways children can move and stay fit.
Lessons About How Our Body Works
The book begins by talking about how our bodies are meant to be active–to stretch, run, catch, throw, push, pull, pedal, and lift. It explains how each body part moves: hands for clapping, feet for stomping, legs for leaping, and arms for swinging.
It then dives into how each of the systems in our body functions, first with a story-like description and then with a detailed diagram of the human body. Children will love learning these simple biology lessons as they relate to their busy bodies:
- Skeleton: Bones keep our body standing tall and joints connect our bones so we can bend.
- Muscles: Attached to bones and tendons, muscles let us move, lift, and stretch.
- Brain and Nerves: Our brain controls every move we make and thought we think, and the nerves carry information from our 5 senses to our brain.
- Lungs: For breathing and giving our muscles oxygen so they can move.
- Heart and Blood Vessels: Carry oxygen throughout our body to keep us moving.
- Stomach and Intestines: Use the healthy food we eat to give energy to our body.
What Makes This Book Special
This book is unique because it speaks to a wide age range. A toddler, like my four year old, loves the colorful pictures and relates to the stories about how we can move our bodies. Yet, the more detailed mini biology lessons serve as a great teaching tool to spark conversation with an older child in elementary school.
I also like how the book provides a holistic vision of health, addressing more than just exercise. There are sections about the importance of drinking enough water to stay hydrated and the need for enough rest and sleep.
I love the action-packed pictures at the end of the book that show the many types of activities children can do to have a busy body, such as flying a kite, riding a bike, skateboarding, gymnastics, karate, climbing a tree, and jumping rope.
Finally, the book is interactive, including questions directed to the children such as “Which is your favorite exercise?”.
A Resource For Parents
The Busy Body Book: A Kid’s Guide to Fitness isn’t just a children’s book, it also serves as a helpful resource to parents and educators. At the end of the book, the author includes a letter to parents and teachers about the inspiration for writing this book, such as childhood obesity and the decline in children’s physical activity. She highlights the benefits of getting kids moving, “Regular physical activity helps children eat well; sleep well; perform well in school; resist illness; and grow strong, cheerful, and confident. By giving our children education and positive guidance, we take the first steps in breaking this pattern.” Yes, exercise makes our children happier, healthier, and more balanced!
Additionally, she includes some suggestions for activities children can try. She goes into detail, including the type of exercise, how many times a week each exercise is recommended, and descriptions of specific exercises. She covers the gamut with stretching, strengthening, deep breathing, moderate activities, and aerobics. She also provides other important tips like limiting screen time, eating a healthy diet, and staying safe by wearing gear like bike helmets.
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What activities does your family enjoy to stay fit?