It’s raining. It’s pouring.
When the old man is snoring and the kids are stuck inside, keep them entertained with these rainy day–dental themed–activities.
These ideas don’t take much. All you need is a few materials that can be found in your home, a willing participant (bribery often helps get the kiddos away from the screen), and some imagination.
Not only are they fun, but they’re informative and will keep them smiling, even when it’s gloomy outside.
Brush Your Teeth Craft
- -Cream or off-white colored construction paper
- -White paint
- -A cheap toothbrush
- -Plate to put paint on
- -A marker
- -White glitter
1.) Draw a picture of a tooth on the construction paper and cut it out. Make sure to use cream colored paper or something off-white so your child can see the difference between before and after you “brush” the tooth.
2.) Pour some white paint onto a paper plate.
3.) Mix some of the white glitter into the paint.
4.) Use the toothbrush to brush the tooth with the white paint and glitter.
This is a fun activity to show your child how to cover the entire surface of the tooth and how brushing helps to whiten teeth and keep them clean.
Learn to Floss
- -Play dough
- -Large Lego, Mega or Duplo blocks
- -Floss or string
1.) Place play dough in between buttons on building blocks
2.) Have your child use a piece of floss to remove the play dough from inside the crevices
This is a great motor activity for kids and wonderful for learning about flossing.
Painting With Toothbrushes
- -An old toothbrush
This is a fun activity for children. It helps them learn the brushing motion and mixes things up since it’s different than your standard paint brush.
Sad/Happy Tooth Collage
We love this idea from Kiwi Crate.
- -Construction paper
- -Magazines (that you don’t mind scrapping)
1.) Have your children look through the magazines and find things that are good for their teeth, and things that are bad for them.
2.) Make one tooth “happy” and the other “sad” by drawing faces on them.
3.) Have your children glue what the find to either the “happy” or “sad” tooth.
We love this activity because it makes your child think about what helps their teeth, and what damages them.
An Apple a Day…Can Teach Kids About Cavities
- -An apple
- -Something to poke a hole in it (pencil, pen, skewer, etc.)
1.) Poke a hole in the apple.
2.) Let it sit for at least 3 days. Observe how it starts to rot over time.
This is a simple way to teach your kids about cavities by showing your children how a tiny hole in their teeth can badly decay.
- -Something to use as lab coat (a Dr’s lab coat, one of dad’s old white oversize button down t-shirts (etc.)
- -Your imagination!
Dress up is always a fun way for kids imaginations to run wild.
A white lab coat allows your child to embrace their role as the dentist. You can also use anything else you have around the house as dental tools. For example, if your child has play tools or utensils, they can use those as dental tools.
Rainy days don’t have to be boring.
Teaching your children to take care of their teeth, means they’ll have far less dental work over the course of their lives. Have fun learning!
Changing Lives, One Smile at a Time
Dr. Randall Burba is an American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry accredited dentist, practicing in Salem, Massachusetts. He considers himself an artist–with teeth and beyond! He often paints, draws and has a passion for woodworking.