It’s February and for a short month there sure are a lot of fun days and themes to celebrate! For us it was 100 days of school, Groundhog Day, Valentine’s Day, President’s Day, and Dental Health Month. I know there’s more, but that’s all the celebrating we can handle in one month!
I love the flexibility that homeschool offers because we can take days off from our regular school work and do fun activities that go along with those different holidays and themes, but still be learning at the same time. My kids welcome the break from our normal routine and honestly, so do I! Plus, I love searching for fun activities for them to do because it gives me the chance to look at the many great blogs out there; and I get to spend time on Pinterest, one of my favorite sites!
I knew that I wanted to do dental health activities with my kids this month because it fit so perfectly into our homeschool plan of what we are going to be learning about next! We have just finished up our unit on space, and now we are moving onto our unit study on health and nutrition. Then we will be finishing out the year by learning about the human body. So lucky for us, dental health month falls in February; perfect timing!
To get things started, we broke out the Dr. Drill n’ Fill set (from PlayDoh) and pretended to be dentists. My kids have always loved this PlayDoh kit for some reason!
Another activity that my kiddos really enjoyed was the “brush the germs away” activity. I made a printable with the shape of teeth on it and placed it in a clear sheet protector page (laminating it would work as well). Then we used dry erase marker to draw “germs” on our teeth and then using a toothbrush, we “brushed” them away. If you didn’t want to use a toothbrush, you could also glue a piece of felt to the end of a popsicle stick to resemble a toothbrush and use that to “brush” the germs away.
Another fun activity that we did (which I found on Cutting Tiny Bites) was using a toothbrush to put white paint all over a large tooth shape. This project did not take long to do, but my kids still thought it was neat to paint with a toothbrush instead of a regular paintbrush!
If you are still looking for more dental health fun, here are some other great ideas and activities:
- Brush away alphabet germs (from Growing Book by Book).
- Pretend to be a dentist using play dough (from Fantastic Fun and Learning).
- Learn about healthy food choices with this happy tooth, sad tooth project (from Kiwi Crate).
- Practice math with these teeth inspired math games (from totschooling).
- Fun activities to help your child learn about dental health (from Modern Mom Life).
- Practice flossing using play dough (from Sugar spice and glitter).
I know that my kids are having fun learning all about teeth, and I hope these ideas will help you and your children have fun as well! What other activities do you do to learn more about dental health?