Talking about Red Ribbon Week and Drug Prevention in Kindergarten (or any early childhood grade really) is tricky. You don’t want to talk about drugs and the bad things that they do to you, but you don’t want to not start planting those seeds for the kids to make healthy choices in life. Likewise, you don’t want to open up a can of worms with “my mom smokes cigarettes” or “my aunt is in jail.” We all know it’s just not fun to go there!
So what do you talk about in kindergarten during Red Ribbon Week?
Here’s what we focus on:
Only putting good things in our bodies!
Making the right choices in life.
Showing others you love them.
Not hurting other people’s feelings.
Showing others you love them.
About being kind to our friends.
Saying NO to drugs!
Wearing Red Ribbons to show your commitment.
Wearing red for everyone to see. (My little guy forgot to color something red.)
About pledging to be “the best me, drug free!”
Lots of character discussions will happen.. concepts that drugs can have an impact on such as friendships and love and rule following! It is my hope that the students thinking is positive and proactive by approaching it this way.
Conversations like these don’t require any special units or books but having it all laid out in the Best Me Drug Free book makes it easy to work through and is a great project to send home (or hang in the hallway!) Click here to check it out.
We always try to make a fun bulletin board for Red Ribbon Week too! Kids had such fun learning to trace their hands and cut them out (if you could zoom in on them you would see they are 100% done by kinders!)
And then I took some the pages from the book to display on a bulletin board.
I made the giant ribbon just by sketching it onto butcher paper. Then I had the kids trace and cut their hands. I glued them on from top to bottom. Now – if you have ever had your kindergarteners trace and cut their hands, you will know it’s an easy task for them. So they will not be perfect and you have to model like crazy. To complete the giant ribbon, I glued the hands down from top to bottom and curled the fingers. Kids kept making hands until the whole ribbon was full!
I also found this great little video to explain why red for drug free!
It’s a quick service announcement from Idaho explaining why red for Drug Free!
There you have it! Some great Red Ribbon Week ideas for your early childhood classrooms! What do you do for Red Ribbon Week?
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