Purpose: The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of play at home (proposed by UNICEF) and metacognitive strategies for the health of children aged 5 to 8 years in the epidemic.
Methods: This study was a quasi-experimental intervention in terms of research design, pretest and posttest with the control group. Participants were 84 children living in Qom who were randomly divided into 6 groups. Two age groups, including the UNICEF training group, the UNICEF training group with metacognitive strategies and the control group. The intervention consisted of 18 sessions of UNICEF-proposed quadruple games. The UNICEF Plus group conducted these exercises with a semi-structured interview to stimulate metacognition.
Results: The results of Mixed ANOVA and ANKOVA tests showed that most training groups, from pre-test to post-test, had a significant improvement in health test results. But Ankova test did not show any significant difference between UNICEF and UNICEF Plus groups in the two age groups; Despite the fact that the UNICEF Plus scores in both age groups were better than the UNICEF group.
Conclusion: In general, it can be said that the exercises recommended by UNICEF have been useful in promoting children's health. In combining these exercises with metacognitive strategies, expectations were not met, but a slight difference in favor of combined exercises was observed to improve children's health.