Parenting is hard and also, it is one of the biggest challenges for any parent to inculcate good habits in their child. Kids don’t understand the importance of good oral hygiene, and sometimes it is not possible to teach them just by showing. Kids get more interested in playing, so why not incorporate some fun-filled activities in their teeth.
Playing is how children learn. So, spending time with your kids in a way that feels like play will help drive home the vital lesson of caring for your teeth. With just simple household items, you can teach your kids how to brush and floss properly. Here is a list of different dental themed activities you can do with your child.
1. Stringing teeth
Make a tooth drawing on cardboard, measuring 2×2 inches, which will be used as a template. Ask your child to trace around this template and cut out 20 shapes using colored construction paper.
Thread these shapes together into a necklace using a large plastic needle and dental floss. Ask your child to practice flossing on this necklace.
2. Eat this, not that! Game
Cut out pictures of food from magazine and newspaper. It should include both healthy and unhealthy foods. Take two brown bags and draw a picture of “happy tooth” on one and picture of “sad tooth” on the other.
Now sort the entire images you cut into the correct bags with your child and explain to him/her how your diet can improve and affect your dental health.
3. Egg activity
Take a hardboiled egg and compare the eggshell to your teeth. Explain to your child how an egg shell protects the egg. Now place the egg in a jar of vinegar and ask your child to observe it.
After a couple of days, remove the egg from the jar and ask your child to see how the shell is soft and partially destroyed. Explain that the same thing can happen to your teeth if you don’t brush and floss your teeth regularly.
4. Apple activity
Take an apple and poke a hole in it. Pretend that the apple is a tooth and the hole you poked is like a cavity. Keep the apple in a spot where your child can observe it daily.
After a few days, ask your child to follow how the apple looks like now and how the hole has made it no longer any good. Discuss with your child how cavities can destroy your teeth and how brushing can avoid cavities.
5. Dentist play
Collect all the materials you will need to make a pretend dentist office like a chair, toothbrush, mirror, etc. pretend with your child that you are at a dentist’s office, with you as a patient and your child as the dentist.
It will help your child understand the importance of going to a dentist and can make the actual visit more appealing.
6. Flossing activity
This activity will help demonstrate to your child how to floss. You will need the following things:
- Egg carton
- Construction paper
- White paint
- Floss and toothpicks
To start with, cut parts of the egg carton and paint them white. After the parts have dried, stick them on the construction paper and add a tongue to make it look like a mouth.
Stick pieces of play dough in between the egg carton pieces to resemble food stuck between teeth. Ask your child to use the floss to get the play dough pieces out, without using your fingers.
They can also use a toothpick to take the pieces out. This activity will not only help your child learn how to floss but will also challenge his/her motor skills.
7. Model mouth craft
You can make a model of the mouth with your child to help him understand the different parts of a mouth and get your child interested in dental health. For this activity you will need the following:
- Construction paper (pink and red)
- Mini marshmallows
- Glue and scissors
First, take the pink paper and cut it in the shape of a mouth. Cut the red construction paper in the form of a tongue and stick it to the pink paper.
Next draw circles around the tongue where the marshmallows will go. Cut the marshmallows to look like teeth and ask your child to stick them in the circles with the glue. Your model mouth is now ready. You can teach your child how to brush on this model.
Fun dental activities will make your kid more receptive to good dental habits and ensure that they continue it for life.
Dental health is essential and setting a proper oral hygiene routine right from the start is an excellent way to ensure it.
It is difficult to make kids understand the importance of proper brushing and flossing. You can make a mundane activity, such as brushing, flossing, etc., interesting with some fun activities for your children.