Do you have a little visitor from the North Pole staying at your house? As December goes on, many of us are looking for some fresh Elf on the Shelf ideas. Why not use your elf to promote good dental practices? Here are some ways to get Santa's spy to encourage your kids to brush and floss.
A Minty Note
Some of those elves make such big messes every day, but this one will require only a tiny bit of clean up. Write "Don't forget to brush" on your child's sink in toothpaste. Place the elf on the sink next to it with his hands around the open tube of toothpaste. Add "Clean this up before Mom sees" to get your child to take care of the mess!
A Little Help
Put a little toothpaste over the elf's mouth and set him on the sink with your child's toothbrush across his lap. Put a dab of toothpaste on the brush. It will be all ready to go when your child discovers his little pal.
Find the Brush
Play a little hide and seek with your child's toothbrush. Hide it along with the elf. Try hanging them from the Christmas tree, stashing them in the cereal box or resting them in your child's underwear drawer. Make sure to put a cap on your child's brush to keep it sanitary.
Use dental floss to create a zip line for your pointy-eared visitor. Tie one end around a towel rack and the other around the shower rod. Attach the doll to the line with a note taped to his back that says, "Flossing is fun."
Grab some action figures or dolls and set them up in a circle with the elf at the bathroom sink. Use soda bottle caps as cups. Fill a "cup" with mouthwash for each figure with the actual product ready for your child to use.
These simple and fun Elf on the Shelf ideas will have your little ones brushing and flossing with joy. All of those candy canes and cookies they much during the holiday season will be brushed away, and without nagging from you. Now that's something to celebrate!
Learn more about children's dental health in the Colgate Oral Care resources.