It is that time of year…

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The kids are itching to get out of school and there is lots to celebrate. At this point, we are all tired, hot and a little less motivated. It’s easy for teachers to throw an ice cream party or buy lots of pre-packaged snacks, but then that just makes for wired and crazy kids. Lucky for you, Fit4Kids to the rescue! Here are 5 easy DIY healthy end of year celebrations for your students!

1. Kickball Party

That’s right who doesn’t love a great game of kickball. Create a baseball diamond with cones or anything you can find. Make the rules more exciting by having students run the bases in reverse order, or skip instead of run. Keep the game positive- give out extra points to teams when they are supportive of their teammates and demonstrate good sportsmanship.

2. Silly Relay Races

Have students team up do some silly races across the field. Have them crab walk, bring back the class sack race or have them run in a crazy pattern.

3. Dance Party

This idea is pretty self-explanatory, just dance it out because it’s SuMmEr! Put on some KidzBop, gonoodle.com, youtube or create a seriously awesome mix CD. FYI- kids are better dancers than all adults.

4. Extra Recess

This is what every kids begs for all year long (well, at least I did). Pick a nice weather day and declare it “Recess Day.” Set up stations for different games or bring out the bubbles and chalk to add some recess flare.

5. Scavenger Hunt

Take the class on a scavenger hunt around the school. Hide clues throughout the building and around the school grounds that lead to a special healthy treat (think watermelon, sparkling water, frozen grapes).

OK, now that you have the perfect celebration planned, don’t forget the snacks! To stick with our healthy theme make some fruity frozen blueberry ice cubes and stick them in a glass with a pretty straw and some sparkling water. Then, have kids make their own snack of  rainbow fruit skewers. They will be refreshed, satisfied and hopefully a little worn out.

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photo credit: http://stephskitchen.com/rainbow-of-fruit/

Eat the rainbow with these rainbow fruit skewers.

You will need:

  1. Wooden Skewers
  2. Strawberries
  3. cantaloupe
  4. pineapple
  5. Green Grapes
  6. Blueberries
  7. Purple Grapes

1. Have student put the fruit in rainbow order on their fruit skewer. Be careful of the pointy end- try not to get poked!

2. Enjoy!

For more great ideas to keep your kids healthy and active check back in with the Fit4Kids blog all summer long!