2/11/2011

Kid's Craft- Remember to Brush Your Teeth! A Dental Health Craft

Teaching your child the importance of good Dental care is not only important for their teeth, but for their heart as well. Prior to this craft, discuss with your children (class) the correct way to brush your teeth. The ADA: American Dental Association's Web site has a list of great resources to help introduce and conclude about this topic.

Classified: Easy and is great for preschool- first grade students with little variations.

What You Need:
  • Toothbrush 
  • White Tempera Paint
  • Mouth and tooth template
  • 12x18" Red construction paper
  • 9x12" black and yellow (one sheet each) of construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Glue Stick

Preparation:
  • For younger children, trace and cut out the teeth and mouth opening. Allow them to cut your traced lips on the large sheet of red construction paper.
  • For older children- make tracers out of the templates and allow them to trace and cut the parts out themselves.
  • The Template: The mouth (black), teeth (yellow), and lips (red) are all designed to be traced at the folded edge of the construction paper. Cut out two sets of teeth (one for top, one for bottom). See photo for example.


What You Do:
  1. Discuss with your child(ren) that their teeth are yellow due to decay and not brushing correctly. Using the toothbrush and white tempera paint, teach them how to "brush" correctly. Have them "brush their teeth" with white tempera paint BEFORE the entire mouth is assembled.
  2. Allow to dry.
  3. When dry, glue the bottom row of teeth to the bottom of the mouth, and the top teeth to the top. Trim off any excess.
  4. Glue to inside of the lips.
  5. Optional: Write an important message onto the finished product. See example. 

    3 comments:

    1. That's a SUPER cute idea!

      Stopping in from Fun Follow Friday!
      ~ Sweet Mummy @ It's OK to be WEIRD!

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    2. Thank you! My kids had a great time making it too! Thanks for the follow ;-)

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    3. I can't access the templates. Is there a way I can get those?

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