Discovery Play Adventure Time Theme of the Week: Healthy Lifestyles
Our theme focuses on making healthy choices this week for our friends in Discovery Play, our version of a children’s museum. When you’re looking for things to do in Kansas City, Paradise Park offers this premier play opportunity for kids 7 and under. At scheduled times throughout the day, our weekly theme will celebrate healthy lifestyles through story, art and cooking led by our friendly Play Facilitators during Adventure Time.
What is Adventure Time?
It’s an additional activity you and your child can participate in during your visit and exploring in Discovery Play. Our friendly Paradise Park Play Facilitator engages our young guests in celebrating the theme of the week through 4 different activities: a story, interactive game, art project and cooking activity. Our curriculum is custom-designed by professionals who have put heart and soul into creating an enriching educational hands-on experience that is so much fun kids don’t even realize they are learning. Our program is inspired by unit studies, sensory play and experiential learning philosophies.
This Week’s Activities:
Imagination-capturing storytelling followed by a unique interactive activity that connects to the story and provides great kinesthetic learning.
This week: Our friendly Play Facilitator will read Fast Food by Susan Freyman and Joost Elffers, a picture book that will inspire creative ways to enjoy some healthy foods. Following the story, kids will have fun interacting with our Play Faciltator and the other kids as they explore 5 different areas of their lives they can form great habits to live a well-balanced, healthy life.
Children follow basic instructions to create their own art project that expands on the theme and encourages small motor skill development. We have all the art supplies set up so you don’t have to have a mess at home!
This week: Children will follow basic instructions to create their own art projects that encourage creativity and small motor skill development as they also explore a variety of ways doctors help us stay well. Together as a group, we will make a ‘Doctor’s Bag” to help little ones imagine how doctors help sick patients in need. After Adventure Time, you can return to the Art Studio and enjoy the 3 self-directed projects: 1) Build an imaginative “Stethoscope” to use in pretend play. 2) Use cotton swabs as brushes to paint a picture. 3) Make your very own “Band-Aid Man” collage using first aid materials!
Kids love to make their own creative treat to eat when it’s finished. The Cooking Station teaches children to try new foods, work together and learn measuring skills. And, it’s just plain fun!
This week: Kids will love making their own healthy treat to eat when it’s finished. This week the doctor has ordered some Healthy Kabobs!
At every opportunity, we stir imaginations, spark curiosity and encourage enthusiasm for learning.
After their interactive experiences in Adventure Time, we hope kids will be inspired to want to learn even more! Here are some related age appropriate books for continuing to fuel their curiosity and love of learning at home together with you, based on the 5 areas explored during the Performance Room activities:
1 – GET A GOOD NIGHT’S REST
Dr. Seuss’ Sleep Book, I Don’t Want to Sleep by Sigal Adler, The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton, Getting Rest by Sian Smith – All are good options for stories to help your child understand the importance of taking care of themselves by getting enough rest.
2 – MAKE HEALTHY EATING A HABIT
Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal– The tables are turned in the lovely story of Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. Little Pea hates to eat candy for dinner every night but always looks forward to dessert. Tonight’s his favorite — spinach!
I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato by Lauren Child – A witty story about Lola, who won’t eat healthy foods until her brother creatively renames them, calling carrots Orange Twiglets from Jupiter, and mashed potatoes Pointy Peaks of Mount Fugi. After reading, you and your child can come up with other creative fun names for commonly disliked foods.
3 – EXERCISE
Your Busy Body Book by Lizzy Rockwell – The author explains how your bones and muscles, heart and lungs, nerves and brain all work together to keep you on the go. Kids walk and skate and tumble through these pages with such exuberance that even sprouting couch potatoes will want to get up and bounce around–the whole goal!
My First Human Body Book by Patricia J. Wynne and Donald M. Silver – From head to toe, the book helps kid discover how their voice box works, how many bones they have, how thousands of “tasters” on their tongues help them distinguish flavors, how the DNA in their cells is different from everyone else’s, and so much more.
4 – MAKE TIME FOR LAUGHTER
My First Silly Kids Joke Book by Cindy Merrylove – This wonderful book was especially created for very young children ages 3-5.
5 – END EACH DAY WITH MEDITATION/REFLECTION
Mindful Moments at Bedtime by Paloma Rossa – This brand new book is full of ways to take just a moment at the end of the day to wind down and think about the day that was – and the day that will dawn tomorrow. The simple practice of bringing a gentle, accepting attitude to the present moment can help minimize anxiety and increase happiness.