5 Fun Free Ways to Educate Kids About Asthmaby Erica Sanderson Editor
The Children’s Allergy & Asthma Education Centre (CAAEC), a Canadian organization, has a “Kidz Zone” on its website with fun, educational interactive computer games. For example, kids can undergo training or advanced “missions” by spotting asthma trigger invaders. They can also learn about making good asthma control decisions through a visual memory game.
Arts & crafts
Use your children’s favorite TV characters to teach them about asthma. Nickjr.com offers Yo Gabba Gabba! themed printable asthma action plan cards and at-home inhaler case craft projects. Kai-lan’s A-OK Asthma Activity Pack has educational preschool-friendly activities, such as mazes and connect-the-dots.
This free tracker is a mobile app for older kids and teenagers to learn how to manage their asthma independently. Successfully monitoring asthma early in life will make controlling asthma in adulthood easier. Users can insert their asthma plan and track attacks, triggers, symptoms, and more. Cool charts visualize a person’s asthma patterns. The anonymous data also goes toward helping asthma research. AsthmaMD is available for iPhone, iPod and iPad.
Kids can play “Mr. Nose-It-All’s” interactive games at the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology (AAAA&I) website. They’ll learn about symptoms and tips through hang man, word-association games, and a “Dr. Al Lergist” virtual coloring book.
Want to get your kid away from the screen? Take them to an asthma community class where you’ll both learn. Get your questions answered and have your kid meet others with asthma. Classes can cover everything from action plans to school and family issues. Many children’s hospitals around the country offer free classes, like in St. Louis and Philadelphia. Check with a local hospital near you to find classes.