Keeping track of your kids' height and weight provides you with a chronological record of their development from infancy through adulthood. It also provides you with a gauge to indicate whether your kids are becoming obese. Obesity is a serious health problem among youth, causing early onset diabetes, heart disease and asthma. Obesity can also cause self-esteem issues by other kids' teasing or excluding your children from everyday activities. Keep track of your kids' height and weight with simple and fun game type activities.

## Kids' Chart

Make a gridded chart on construction paper. Divide the construction paper into 1 1/4-inch squares. Select one day from each month and write the date in the top row of squares, skipping the first column. Write your child's name in a square in the first column.

Measure the height and weight of each of your children and put it under the appropriate date.

Determine each of their BMIs with a BMI chart or calculator for kids. Compare your kids' measurements and see how much they have grown each month.

## Age Meter

Select an entranceway in your home to create an age meter. Kitchen doorways are a good location for this activity.

Ask each of your kids to stand against the doorway. Place a ruler on top of their head and push it against the doorway. Make a mark at the location.

Write each child's name by their mark. Put the date and height measurement by the line. Repeat this activity every six months.

## Weight Comparison

Weight your children and write down their weight in a notebook.

Place a tall kitchen trash can on a bathroom scale.

Ask your children to fill the trash can with gallons of water until it reaches their weight. Have your children keep track of how many gallons of water it takes to reach their current weight. It is also possible to do this activity with bags of potatoes, or bags of dry cat food or dog food.

## Doctor Kid

Turn your kids into young doctors. Provide each of your children with a tape measure, writing instrument and notebook.

Ask your kids to select their favorite stuffed animal or doll.

Instruct your kids on how to take their favorite stuffed animal's or doll's height and weight. Help your child write the measurements in a notebook.

Take the height and weight of your kids after they have completed their doctor visit with their stuffed animal or doll. Write the measurements in a notebook.

#### Items you will need

• Writing instrument
• Construction paper
• Tape measure
• Ruler or yardstick
• Scale
• BMI chart or calculator for kids
• Notebook
• Tall kitchen trash can
• Empty gallon jug
• Water

#### About the Author

Kim Blakesley is a home remodeling business owner, former art/business teacher and school principal. She began her writing and photography career in 2008. Blakesley's education, fine arts, remodeling, green living, and arts and crafts articles have appeared on numerous websites, including DeWalt Tools, as well as in "Farm Journal" and "Pro Farmer."

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