Family Activity

Ages 6-8

Title: A Drug Encounter

Materials: Storage area(s) in the home for medications or drugs

Children become more aware of the effects of different substances on their bodies and more able to take care of themselves at this age. As they begin making more decisions in their personal care, it becomes increasingly important for them to understand what things are good for their bodies and what things may cause problems.

Directions: Child and parent can travel together through different areas in the home to identify places where medications are stored. Identify any chemical substances that are taken to change how one's body or mind works. Some places may include the kitchen, bathroom, pantry, or closet. Items commonly found would include aspirin, vitamins, and cold remedies.

Explain the reasons for using any medication:

  • Prescription
  • Old habit
  • Replenishes natural body needs (vitamins)

Discard any of the following items you find stored at home:

  • All non-essential medications
  • All prescription drugs no longer being used
  • All expired medications

Discuss questions like these:

  • Is this a medicine or an illicit drug?
  • How does it make you feel?
  • What happens if you take too much?
  • How much is too much?

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