Healthy Children - September 2012


Choose Your Fun

Too Much TV
Preparation Time
5 min
Activity Time
15 min
The Berenstain Bears and Too Much TV by Stan & Jan Berenstain.
Preparation Prior to Class
1. Familiarize yourself with the book.
2. Practice reading The Berenstain Bears and Too Much TV while holding the book in such a manner that the children will be able to view the pictures while you read.
1. Read The Berenstain Bears and Too Much TV to the children.
2. Talk about how too much TV was not a good thing for the bears: they were not doing other things they enjoyed, they went straight to the TV with hardly a hello, they had no lively conversations around the dinner table, and they didn’t have fun playing outside.
3. Discuss activities the bears did instead of watching TV or videos: ride a bike, play outside, watch the stars come out, go on nature walk, and do a puzzle. Ask children what types of activities they can do if they live in a city (instead of the woods like the bears do).
4. Talk about what the bears did at the end of the week and how they felt about watching TV.
5. Ask the children to tell what activities they enjoy doing instead of watching TV.
Additional Discussion During the Activity
Discuss Highlights from the Lesson Plan
On average, children, like the bears in the story, spend too much time watching TV.
Watching TV won’t make children healthy but being active and having fun will.

Adapted from Fit5Kids.