Young children with asthma may not always understand what it is and what's going on when they have symptoms. But teaching your child about asthma at a young age can help them communicate better with you, teachers and other caregivers when they do have symptoms. Plus, this will help prepare them for self care as they get older.
Here are some resources specially created to teach young children about asthma. These links include games, printable activity sheets, videos with fun characters, comics and more. They might even see some PBS characters they know, like the Sesame Street gang and Arthur and his friends.
This coloring and activity book from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of American (AAFA) gives children and families a basic understanding of asthma, as well as food allergies. It is a fun way for children to learn common asthma triggers. It also helps them learn how to manage their asthma and food allergies. It has word finds, crossword puzzles, word scrambles, mazes and other activities. It also has a story to read and color and a list of websites on asthma and allergies for parents and kids.
This book is available as a free PDF download. If you don't have a printer, you can take screenshots of the pages and load them into a paint type app on a tablet or computer for your child to work on.
Get help teaching your child about asthma from some of their favorite Sesame Street characters. Find articles, printable activity sheets and videos designed according to your child's age.
Arthur, a popular PBS character, and his friends offer several resources to help your little one understand asthma. Their site has information for adults and kids, games, activities and videos. It also includes a link to an Arthur episode on asthma, “Buster's Breathless.”
If your child loves music, they'll love to learn about asthma with the Breathe Easies asthma-rock band. The Breathe Easies puppets, designed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), teach your child how to control asthma triggers through fun videos.
Widzy Pets help your child learn how to use their inhaler, while teaching some important asthma tips, through this smartphone game. It's available for iOS and Android devices.
Iggy and the Inhalers was designed by a board-certified pediatric allergist to teach kids about asthma. The site offers comic books, downloadable handouts, fun inhaler labels, a video series and Spanish resources.
Teach your child about air quality and how it affects asthma with the EPA's AirNow.gov Kid's Air resources. Games teach kids ages 5-10 what different air quality colors mean. It also includes parent and teacher resources.