February is here and that means it is time to talk all about Dental Health with our littles!
I have created a list of SIMPLE dental health themed activities that are doable and FUN!
This simple activity plan can be printed and used as a guide to help add hands-on learning activities to your week. Do one a day or sprinkle throughout your dental health themed lesson plans.
Ready to checkout the activities on this weeks plan? Scroll on through to see a picture of each activity and get ready to have fun learning with your preschooler.
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LITERACY: TOOTH NAME
Starting to teach the alphabet? Start with the letters in your child’s name! Here is a fun dental health activity to work on name recognition.
Cut a mouth outline out of red construction paper. Cut small teeth out of white construction paper. You’ll need one tooth for each letter in your child’s name. Write the letters in your child’s name on the teeth then have them order and glue the teeth on the mouth. When finished have your child use a toothbrush to point and chant the letters in their name.
Related: Name Practice for Preschoolers
Draw an outline of a tooth on a sheet of paper. Label it with the numbers 1-6. Have your child roll a die, identify the number, then find and glue a cotton ball on top of that number on the tooth paper. When complete you’ll have a fun cotton ball tooth craft!
Is your child ready to work on some simple addition? Write the numbers 2-12 on the tooth instead and pair with two dice. Then, have them roll the dice an ADD the numbers.
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SCIENCE: WHAT’S IN THE BAG?
Chat about healthy and not healthy for your teeth foods with this fun classification game. Place a food from your house in a bag. Have your child ask questions to find out what the food is. When they guess correctly, discuss if the food is good for your teeth or bad for your teeth.
DAILY LIVING SKILLS: BRUSH YOUR TEETH
Kids learn by PLAYING! So why not set up a pretend play brush your teeth station. Gather some household dental health items and set them out on a tray. Include an egg carton (or ice cube tray), toothbrush, floss and toothpaste (closed). Have your child practice brushing and flossing the egg carton. *Use position words like up and down, front to back, and top and bottom.
This is a great time to emphasize and chat about HOW TO BRUSH and HOW OFTEN.
CRAFT: TOOTHBRUSH TOOTH ART
Cut out an outline of a tooth and use painter’s tape to stick it down in the middle of a sheet of paper (I suggest using cardstock). Give your child a plate of various colored paints and a toothbrush for painting with. Have them paint the entire sheet. It’s okay if they paint over the tooth cut out as you will be removing it. When their painting is dry remove the taped down tooth cut out.
OTHER: PRE-WRITING LINES
Ready for some dental health style pre-writing fun? Grab some foil and lay it on a flat surface. Use Crayola Washable Markers to draw pre-writing lines across it. Vary the lines such as zig-zag, straight, and wavy. Give your child a cup of water and a toothbrush. Have them dip the toothbrush in the water and trace along the lines from left to right. When they are done, use a rag to wipe clean the foil and do it again!
GET UP AND MOVE WITH THIS FUN SONG!
Don’t forget to sing, dance, and move with your littles! YouTube is full of fun and catchy movement songs. This is one of our favorites for dental health week!
Are you in need of printable centers and even MORE hands-on ideas? If so, I have a resource that is perfect for you!
My Preschool/Pre-K Dental Health Centers and Activities pack is ready with engaging math and literacy centers, hands-on activities, and just print printables.
So many Dental Health ThemedActivities!
Are you ready to add some fun to your February plans? Be sure to download this free simple activity plan and let us know what your favorite activity is!