Dental health is an important aspect of overall health, and it’s never too early to start instilling good habits. These Sensory Activities for Dental Health are great as a starting point and even perfect for toddlers! Preschoolers are at a prime age to start learning about the importance of taking care of their teeth.
In this post, we’ll explore some fun and educational activities that parents and teachers can do with preschoolers to encourage healthy dental habits. From brushing and flossing to healthy snack choices, there are plenty of ways to make dental health a fun and interactive experience for young children.
By incorporating these activities into your daily routine, you’ll help lay the foundation for a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.
Simple ways to teach toddlers all about their teeth
Teaching toddlers about their teeth can be a fun and interactive experience. Here are some tips to help you get started:
Use simple language: Explain to your toddler that their teeth are for biting, chewing and smiling. Use simple terms and images to help them understand.
Show and Tell: Let your toddler see and touch their own teeth. Use a small mirror to show them their teeth and encourage them to touch and count their teeth.
Make it a routine: Make brushing and flossing a part of your daily routine. Let your toddler watch you brush your teeth and then let them try brushing their own teeth with a child-sized toothbrush and a small amount of toothpaste.
Use toys and books: Use toys, books, and videos to reinforce the importance of dental hygiene. Look for materials that are specifically designed for young children and include fun characters and interactive elements.
Lead by example: Show your toddler the importance of taking care of their teeth by taking care of your own. Brush and floss your teeth at the same time as your toddler, and make it a fun and interactive experience.
Use super fun and hands-on activities, like this ‘clean the tooth’ sensory bag:
By using these tips, you can help your toddler understand the importance of taking care of their teeth and develop good dental habits that will last a lifetime.
See these super fun and helpful dental health printables which are perfect for toddlers and preschoolers.
Dental Health Activities for Toddlers
There are a number of ways to help toddlers and preschoolers understand the importance of taking care of their teeth.
Onr of the ways is to use this super cute and simple sensory bag to target teeth cleaning AND fine motor skills.
A cleaning a tooth sensory bag is a fun and interactive way for preschoolers to learn about dental hygiene. Here’s how you can make one:
- Gallon-sized plastic bag
- White school glue or clear hair gel (men’s)
- Black and white pom poms
- The Tooth Printable print out (end of this post)
- In a bag, mix together 1/2 cup of gel and about 12 mixed pom poms.
- Tape the printable to the back of the zip lock bag.
- Move the gel around to make sure the gel is all around the print out.
- Seal the bag and remove any excess air.
- Use your hands to spread the mixture evenly inside the bag.
- Have the kids roll a large die and remove that many ‘tooth food particles’ from the tooth.
- You don’t have to use the die with younger toddlers.
The resulting sensory bag will provide a fun and interactive way for preschoolers to clean their teeth.
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Sensory Activities for Dental Health
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