Healthy Hippo

Healthy Hippo is one of the nine Characters of Character. By introducing this trait to a child will help them to understand and to internalize the meaning of healthy habits. Healthy Hippo teaches children that being healthy entails maintaining an equally healthy mind and lifestyle. Healthy Hippo opens up the discussion of healthy habits, what does that mean? Healthy Hippos says: “Say NO to Drugs”. Originally this character was used during Red Ribbon week, but this Healthy Hippo also believes that a healthy body is as important as a healthy mind. Teaching a child to have healthy habits for something as simple as brushing your teeth to what good foods should a child eat. Healthy Hippo says; ‘HAVE HEALTHY HABITS’!

Healthy Hippo offers a Resource Book filled with reproducible materials for the parent, educator or caregiver which children find it easy to understand the trait and internalize the character for a lifetime as well along with a social story to reinforce the trait. There is a Bulletin Board Book filled with posters and activities to engage and empower children, and to be used as visual reminders to be of good character. The Resource Book offers suggestions and activities to do with the children referencing the following:

  • Introducing Healthy Hippo
  • ‘I Am’ book
  • Stationary for the teacher
  • Exercise your mind
  • Healthy foods
  • Exercising
  • Being healthy on a rainy day
  • Staying fit at home
  • Being healthy isn’t about appearance
  • Being healthy with family and friends
  • Healthy Hippo holding a pencil
  • Black & white posters
  • Various worksheets
  • Incentives, evaluations, and notices home
  • Journal ideas & writing prompts

These tools can be used as is, as a sticker chart, as a notice home which builds the home to school link, as book covers to create a character journal or build a character center, create a traveling book or just color! They are yours to be creative with and to empower the children around you. How fun!

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