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Promote healthy sleep habits and discuss why sleep is important for proper brain function. Use Crayola® Bright Fabric Markers and decorate a pillowcase with colorful tips for peaceful sleep!
Ask students if they ever feel groggy or grumpy? Are there days when you have trouble focusing at school or don’t feel like going to soccer practice? Inform them that they may not be getting enough sleep!
Invite students working in small groups to research the importance of sleep to their bodies' overall health. Organize text and Internet resources to assist them with this investigation.
Once research is complete, have students share their new knowledge in small group or a whole class setting. Allow each group of students to determine the format they will use to present their learning to classmates.
Once presentations are complete, students brainstorm a list of suggestions and tips for healthy sleep habits.
Invite student groups to create colorful designs that symbolize the tips selected. Designs can be sketched on a pillowcase using Crayola® Bright Fabric Markers. For best results, use 100% cotton fabric. Place a piece of paper or recycled newspaper inside the pillowcase to prevent bleed through. Be sure to saturate the cloth when using the Bright Fabric Markers. Apply multiple layers for vivid color. Stain Advisement: Fabric markers are permanent on clothing and contain colorants that may stain household surfaces. Wear a smock to protect clothing and cover your work surface. Recap markers as soon as possible and store in a horizontal position. Do not shake markers.
When finished, an adult will to iron your design. Set iron on cotton setting and iron on the reverse side using a back and forth motion for 4 minutes. Or place garment in the dryer for 30 minutes on the hottest setting. This will fix the color to the fabric.
Display student pillow cases in a school hallway to generate conversation about healthy sleeping habits.
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