To prepare Troy for the dentist we are doing some fun dental health activities this week! February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, so we’re just getting a head start on this! 🙂
To teach Troy how important it is to brush his teeth, we did this fun activity with eggs! Here’s what you’ll need:
*various liquids (I used dark pop, apple juice and pink lemonade)
To start, soak hardboiled eggs in liquids of choice. I let them soak for several hours. The eggs will be stained a color, representing teeth before they are brushed.
Then take a toothbrush and scrub away! Before doing this, I talked to Troy about what everything represents. We discussed how food can stain our teeth and brushing helps clean them and keep them healthy.
Then to spice it up a bit, we decided to make cavities in our teeth. Of course, cavity is a new vocabulary word for him so we had a chat about what that means. Then he started making holes in the eggs to represent cavities.
I’m glad this isn’t my tooth! Way too many cavities!
We both really loved this activity. It covered the following topics:
*making predictions about if and how the color of the egg will change
*fine motor skills with brushing and poking holes in the “tooth”
*showing the importance of taking good care of your teeth
*sensory activity with sense of touch
The best part is that this lesson really helped him with brushing! He loves brushing his teeth and he makes sure he frequently because he really doesn’t want a cavity. Oh to be 3 again!