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Fun Crafts for Kids to Celebrate Dental Health
These fun crafts for kids will help you teach your children the importance of taking care of their teeth. Make a craft project to get your child excited about brushing and about getting his permanent teeth. These crafts are designed for older children and require some adult supervision and assistance.
Do-It-Yourself Toothbrush Case
Make a toothbrush travel case to encourage your child to bring a toothbrush along on sleepovers. The project requires some sewing, and it's a great way to introduce an older child to using a sewing machine or hand sewing. The case is made from a washcloth for easy cleaning after each overnight trip.
To make the case, you'll need a 12-inch by 12-inch square washcloth, a 12-inch piece of ribbon and a sewing machine, thread, needle and pins. Let your child pick out the washcloth color or the pattern for the pouch to get him excited about the project. Fold the bottom edge of the washcloth up about 4 inches to make a pouch. Pin the folded area vertically along each side of the washcloth and vertically down the center of the pouch. You'll end up with two sections, one that's perfect for holding a toothbrush and floss and another that's ideal for holding your child's toothpaste, such as Colgate® 2 in 1 Toothpaste & Mouthwash.
Help your child sew the washcloth along the pinned areas to secure the pouch in place. Use a straight, short stitch on your sewing machine or small straight stitches if you are hand sewing. Once the pouch has been stitched in place, cut the ribbon into two 6-inch pieces. Have your child stitch one end of the ribbon to the outside edge of the washcloth. Repeat on the other side with the second piece of ribbon. Fold the case in half, and tie it closed with the ribbons.
Lost Tooth Pouch
Help the tooth fairy find your child's lost tooth by making a small pouch to hold it. Cut two pieces of felt into 2-inch by 2-inch squares or into the shape of your choice. If you're feeling very crafty, cut the pieces into the shape of a tooth. Cut a 1-inch strip of hook and loop fasteners with an adhesive backing. This will keep the pouch closed when the tooth is inside it.
Glue the edges of the felt pieces together along three sides, using hot glue or basic white glue. If you use hot glue, handle the glue gun yourself, and don't let your child touch either the gun or the wet glue. When the glue is dry, your child can decorate the front and back of the pouch with markers. You can also cut out small shapes, such as a tooth, a heart and your child's initials, from another piece of felt. Glue those to the front and back of the pouch. Peel the backing off the hook and loop fasteners, and attach the fasteners to the top, inside edges of the pouch.
Try these fun crafts for kids to give them something to do on a rainy day and to get them excited about taking care of their teeth. Remember to keep an eye on your kids during the crafts and to handle the more difficult parts for them. Dental-themed crafts not only teach your children about oral health care; they also help them learn fun new skills.
Learn more about children's oral health in the Colgate Oral Care resources.