Good Teeth for Good Food

 

This easy activity is an extension of Activity #3 of our Health lesson in About Me:

Project #1 - Good Teeth

You will need:

  1. Large Craft Sticks
  2. Tooth Worksheet
  3. Clear Page Protector
  4. Washable Markers
  5. Sponge
  6. Hot Glue
  7. Scissors

Have your child decorate both sides of a craft stick with markers. While she is doing this, cut a small rectangle out of a sponge (for the bristles). Glue the sponge onto one end of the stick. Easy!

Print out some clip art of teeth, or use our Tooth Decay Worksheet, and place it in a page protector. Your child can draw food on the teeth and “brush” it off with her toothbrush.

Warning: Do not use water! This is not good for the inked-up craft sticks!


Why We Like It: Kids love making this craft, and they love making the food particles disappear even more!

 

 

This activity is a good opportunity to show children the correct way to brush, which is not only side to side, but also in little circles (see this video clip).

 

Project #2: Good Food

This simple activity explains why eating a lot of white flour products can clog you up!

 

Put 1/3 cup each white and wheat flour into two separate bowls.

Have your child handle them – can she see and feel a difference?

Add 3 tablespoons of water to each bowl and stir.


When the mixtures are getting too dry, pick up the dough and form a ball of each with your hands. Which one is stickier? Which one is more likely to get stuck in your intestines?

Why We Like It: 

  1. With this activity, children get to feel some fiber and see what happens to a starchy food product when it gets wet.
  2. Many children suffer from chronic constipation, and this will help them understand why they should eat foods with fiber.

You can find a good explanation of how wheat and white flours are processed here.


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