Active Day Cartoons


Children draw cartoons to show how they are active at throughout the day.

Preparation and Materials:

  • Print the Active Day worksheets
  • Select the "Active Day" worksheet that is most appropriate for the age of the children (4 options available for younger and older children) and copy one for each child
  • Crayons, markers and pencils
  • Optional: have a sample cartoon available for children to look at


  1. Ask children to name some active things they have done today.
    • Explain to children that "active things" move the body and include walking, climbing stairs, dancing, playing games at recess, etc.
    • Examples of things that are not active are reading, drawing, or watching TV.
  2. Explain that they will be creating a picture story of their day. Show them the cartoon example and point out that this little story has a beginning, a middle, and an end.
  3. Instruct them to draw a picture of an "active" day. Display the cartoons on the wall!
    • Younger children may use the cartoon page that allows space for just one picture, or 3 parts of their day. Help them to think of the active things they do in the morning, during school (including at recess or in physical education class), and after school.
    • Older children may create stories using either the 3 or 6-panel cartoon pages. They too should be reminded to fill their morning, school day and afternoon with active things. Older children can write about their stories in the space below the picture (3-panel option) or within the story (6-panel option).

Extension Activities:

  • Create one unified book or mural that tells the story of the whole class. Have kids tell the group about their activities to see how their days are similar or different.
  • Pair up younger/older children to work together. Older children can write and younger children can illustrate
  • Turn each story into a flip book! Try out the link:
  • Instead of making individual placemats, make one large mural using a roll of butcher paper. As a group children can identify the fruits or vegetables that they consumed that day by placing check marks or small post-it notes next to the foods they had to eat.
  • Have children create placemats with 4 sections (one for each season) and draw or paste fruits and vegetables that grow in each season. Then serve snacks that use seasonal fruits and veggies! See examples below.