Keiki Heroes aims to promote healthy habits, especially in young children by empowering them with ‘Keiki Hero super powers,’ that help them stay safe, along with their friends and family. Already the Keiki Heroes possess three super powers: Wear a Mask, Wash Hands and Respect the Bubble. These super powers align with Hawaii Department of Health and CDC recommendations on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and are presented to young children through the fun and entertaining characters of Hōkū and Kai, the Keiki Hero mascots.
With the season of thanksgiving and gratitude upon us, Keiki Heroes is debuting the latest super power, the power of Kindness, a fundamental value of the Keiki Heroes program. Kindness is expressed in many ways, including being thoughtful, speaking nicely to oneself and others, being generous and expressing gratitude. Kindness is an art and a practice that is good for our mind, body and our community.
Kindness is a unique super power because it protects the well being of both our mental and physical health. Studies show that being grateful helps overcome negative feelings, increases brain activity, soothes the nervous system and strengthens relationships. Having and expressing gratitude, like most healthy choices, takes practice until a habit is formed. Here is a great resource on how your family can practice gratitude together.
To foster the practice of being thankful and grateful, and expressing gratitude towards others, Keiki Heroes produced supporting activities for children. Numerous coloring sheets are available that help normalize family zoom dinners and gatherings. Other materials available for free download include the Aloha Word Search, Thanksgiving placemat activity, Mahalo crossword puzzle, Mahalo coupon book gifts and photo ornament activity.
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