Do your kids floss? Or do they know the reason we floss? I decided to introduce my oldest to what flossing is when he was 3 years old. He was new to flossing, so this activity was a great hands-on activity for explaining it.
Materials for Flossing Activity:
*construction paper (and I added some cardboard to the back)
*floss and toothpicks
To start, cut apart an egg carton. Then paint some of them white. As you can see, we only used 8 of them.
Let them dry and then glue them down on the paper in the shape of a mouth. Add a tongue and draw around it so it looks more like a mouth. After everything is dried, put pieces of play dough in between the egg cartons to represent food that gets caught in our teeth.
Then show your little one what floss is and how to use it. Then use the floss to get the playdough pieces out. I told my son he couldn’t use his fingers, which was quite difficult for a 3-year-old! It definitely challenged his fine motor skills.
We also tried it with a long toothpick. He thought that was a bit easier!
Can’t leave the little guy out. He was busy playing with play dough and breaking it up into itty bitty pieces. Anyone else have a 1 year old who does that?
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