Sunday, February 12, 2023

Dental Health Month

How do you support kids’ dental care?  Activities or a longer project about dental health can with engaging resources be both educational and fun.  Sadly, tooth decay is a prevalent childhood disease and motivating kids, as well as parents, is important to ensure a lifetime of healthy smiles. Healthy teeth are an asset for kids and poor oral health can cause pain and increase the risk of dental infections. Brushing up kids' knowledge and understanding of dental hygiene at a young age is important.

Learning appropriate vocabulary is essential to ensure that kids understand advice about how to protect their teeth. Combining drawing activities with looking for information about facts about teeth and what to expect when you visit a dentist is a great starting point. Start small and positive and keep things fun so that kids look forward to taking care of their teeth. Look at basics such as brushing and flossing. Using a toothbrush to paint is a great way to make some special art while learning how to use a toothbrush. 

Learning about a healthy smile from the perspective of an animal is a lovely twist. There is a wide range of books about visits to dentists and teeth. Reading a book about a crocodile who visits a dentist or a bear’s loose tooth is the perfect introduction to a session about healthy smiles.  Use craftivities to support the understanding of healthy smiles. Story writing and crafts ranging from making a toothbrush flip book to a tooth fairy can be mixed with math and reading activities. If you a looking for something special for Dental Health Month I have made a design resource. Designing and creating a Dental Office is such fun. Easy hands-on design projects are a great way to boost your kids’ confidence and allow them to create with joy, wonder and awe!

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Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Valentine's Day products

This Valentine’s Day take the opportunity to celebrate different types of love. The holiday is usually linked with romantic love but exploring other kinds of relationships is beneficial. Encouraging kids to mark and show kindness to friends and family members is important. Also, you can teach your kids about self-love and self-esteem. When you love and respect yourself, you set an example for how others should treat you.

Use the resource “Everybody Loves You” to engage your kids in activities that explore ways to care for others. Read the book “Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch” by Eileen Spinelli and use the storybook activities to help you keep the lesson focused. The resource makes planning easier and kids love the included activities that help them explore the topics in the book. Mr. Hatch is lonely but one Valentine's Day someone sends him a box of candy. It turns out that this is a mistake but his new friends show him that he is loved after all.

Add a fun twist to Math, English, Science and Art lessons by including Valentine activities. Teach number sense up to the number twenty by using a resource with a lovely heart theme. Help your kids to stay focused by using a Digital Rotation Timer for Centers with a Valentine's Day Theme. Boom digital task cards with a Valentine’s Day theme are a great way to capture kids’ attention. They will love watching an image emerge as they work through the task cards filled with counting and addition challenges.

Are you planning a reading activity? There is a set of Valentine’s Day Boom color by code with reading activities. Color by code is always popular and if you prefer there is also the option to use a PDF file. Print out the cute reading challenges and display the finished items in the classroom. A finished color-by-code drawing can also be sent home.

Valentine’s Day celebrations can be made extra special by including drawing and craft activities. Directed drawing resources provide kids with wonderful learning opportunities. They love using their skills to make gifts for friends and family.

Finally, Hearty Animal Crafts is perfect if you are looking for Valentine's activity that combines scissor skills with learning about animals. The finished animals make a beautiful gift. Valentine's Day is such a special day so make sure you fill it with memorable as well as educational heart-filled activities.

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