Activities and ToolsNutrition, Physical Activity, & Obesity
Tools to help schools implement policies and practices to promote healthy choices and behaviors among children and adolescents.
Motion Moments Videos
National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education.
Free online videos that show simple ways to weave physical activity into early care and education programs in either a child care center or family child care home. Includes three videos, one each for infant movement, toddler movement, and preschooler movement.
Get Moving Today Activity Calendar (PDF | 6.21 MB)
American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
Twelve month calendar gives a movement activity suggestion for each day of the year.
Rainy Day Physical Activity Ideas (PDF | 200 KB)
Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning.
Child care providers can use these ideas to help children in their care to be physically active indoors. From the Caregivers Promoting Health Habits program.
Go Smart Activities
National Head Start Association.
Go Smart offers accessible resources and activities for incorporating physical activity into the everyday play of young children. Contains instructions for developmentally-appropriate games and activities that caregivers can use to enhance children’s development through fun, engaging, and meaningful physical activity. Activities can be accessed online and also through an interactive mobile web app.
Healthy Children, Healthy Weights Ring of Fun Activity Cards
Columbus Public Health.
Fun, creative, easy to implement ideas for physical activities, nutritious snacks, and parent engagement! There are four sets of cards, each targeting a different age group. The cards also incorporate newly developed State of Ohio Early Learning Development Standards.
MODEL Health! Promoting Nutrition and Physical Activity in Children (PDF | 1.70 MB)
Maryland State Department of Education; 2009.
Intended as a teacher resource in the early childhood classroom, the kit of lessons on nutrition and physical activity is most appropriate for use with children ages three to five.
Power Panther Preschool Implementation Manual (PDF | 25.70 MB)
Kansas Department of Education.
Eight child care lessons that encourage fruit and vegetable consumption and increased physical activity.
Color Me Healthy: Preschoolers Moving and Eating Healthy
North Carolina Cooperative Extension; North Carolina Division of Public Health.
Healthy eating and exercise program for 4 and 5 year-olds in the preschool classroom. Recipes, songs, and parent newsletters (in English and Spanish) can be viewed online. A teachers guide, posters, picture cards, and more can be ordered from the developer.
Eat Well Play Hard in Child Care Settings
New York State Department of Health.
This curriculum is intended for use by individuals with a background in nutrition education. Each module was designed for three- and four-year-olds and their parents.
Healthy Snacks and Physical Activities for Early Childhood Programs (PDF | 7.06 MB)
Team Nutrition Iowa; 2012.
Set of cards that supports the 2010 Dietary Guidelines by providing healthy snack ideas, fun physical activities, and suggested children’s books to incorporate into nutrition education lessons.
Healthy Snacks and Physical Activities for Early Childhood Programs (PDF | 7.3 MB)
Team Nutrition Iowa.
Healthy snack ideas, fun physical activities, and suggested books to incorporate into lessons in the early childhood setting.
No- to Low-Cost Ways to Promote Physical Activity in the Child Care Setting
Team Nutrition Iowa.
This card set provides fun and interactive physical activities for young children that can be done without costly equipment.