Give Summer Boredom the Brush-Off (Part 1)

It’s the middle of summer, which means your kids need plenty of activities to keep them busy during the day. You surely love having more time to spend with your children, but you might also be pulling your hair out looking for something to keep them occupied.

We will tell you how to make some fun, easy crafts that will also encourage good dental hygiene. Even your little ones can make them!

Artist’s Toothbrush

Today’s craft involves painting with a toothbrush.

Note: This craft involves paint, so make sure your kids are wearing old clothes that you don’t care about or painting smocks in case they make a mess. (It might also be a good idea to cover the work area to prepare for possible paint splatter.)

Materials

Paper
Paint (non-toxic, water-soluble)
Dental Floss (cut a few pieces roughly an inch longer than the paper)
Palettes or Plates (plastic plates or palettes are optimal)

To help your children understand how to make this craft, explain the instructions and demonstrate before they begin making it.

  1. On a yellow piece of paper, print out or draw the outline of a tooth (at least one for each child.)
  2. Place the teeth in front of your children.
  3. Pour only white paint onto the plates or palettes.
  4. Instruct your kids to clean the teeth by painting them white with the toothbrushes. Remind them of the proper way to brush—using gentle circles—as they paint.

You can also encourage your kids to paint whatever they want on pieces of paper with a variety of paints. Fostering their creativity will nurture their mental development.

These activities can teach your kids that brushing and flossing are fun. You can also encourage them to follow proper hygiene by being a good example.

Do you want more tips for instilling good dental health habits in your kids? Call our Reno, NV, dental practice today at 775-829-7700. Dr. Brian Evans and Dr. William Wager provide comprehensive dental care to patients of all ages.

Thanks to PreschoolRock.com for the cute craft ideas!