February is dental health month. Kids have soft, baby teeth, so it is important to get them interested in taking care of their teeth before it is too late and they have cavities. Today I have a Dental Health Kindergarten Lesson Plan for you. I also have an adorable craft to go along with your lesson! First, let’s start out with some cute and fun books about teeth!
Dental Health Kindergarten Lesson Plan
First, let’s talk about our Dental Health Kindergarten Lesson Plan! Teaching kids about the importance of brushing and flossing their teeth can be fun! Here are some fun ideas that you can do at home or in a classroom:
- Take a trip to the dentist
- Read The Tooth Book by Dr. Seuss and make different animal teeth for the students to wear.
- Write a letter to the Tooth Fairy
- Read How to Catch the Tooth Fairy and make boxes/contraptions to catch the Tooth Fairy.
- Set up a dentist office in your home/classroom
- Play Pin the Tooth on the Animal
- Paint with Toothbrushes
- Teach flossing using the flossing alligator (directions below)
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Flossing Alligator Craft and Activity for Kids
Kids are usually good at brushing and wanting to brush, but a lot of kids are scared of flossing. But when kids see a cheery alligator flossing her teeth, they might want to try flossing, too! This adorable craft is not only a fun craft for kids to make, but you can also use it as a object lesson to show kids how to floss, why to floss, and what happens to teeth if you don’t floss.
What you’ll need to make the flossing alligator craft:
- Green construction paper
- Googly eyes
- Colorful string
- Glue sticks
- Lint or a pom pom to act as the food.
Flossing Alligator Craft Directions
Fold a piece of green construction paper in half. The folded side will be the alligator’s jar. Cut a triangle shape away from the fold to make the alligator’s mouth.
Glue two googly eyes to the top of the alligator’s face.
Open the triangle sandwich. Let the kids glue marshmallow “teeth” to both sides of the alligator’s mouth.
Color a tongue in the center of one side of the mouth.
Cut a piece of string for each kid.
Talk about the importance of flossing. Show the kids how food particles (the pom pom or other small object) can get stuck between the teeth. Sometimes, brushing alone is not enough to get the food out. That is where the floss comes in.
Show the kids how the string can loosen the particles of food and leave the teeth sparkly clean.
Show the kids the proper motion for flossing, which is more like a scoop than a sawing motion.
Let the kids practice flossing their alligators and have fun!
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