Create a Booklet Together: 'Rainbows Are for Skies'
Create a booklet that tells a story of a boy who ate so much candy every day that his tongue stayed blue, his throat became sore and his teeth turned yellow. This is a great way to teach kids about mouth anatomy, and that taking care of your mouth can prevent the things that make it unpleasant. It's also a fun, interactive read for younger kids from four to seven.
Once you've stapled together the pages for your child, you begin by writing that, although eating candy every day might sound fun, it can lead to a lot of trouble. Each page will have the next event that occurs: First, the boy's tongue turned very blue, but he continued eating candy. Then, his throat turned sore and the back of his mouth turned purple. Still he continued on, devouring sweets. Finally, his teeth turn yellow. At the end of the story, his mother discovers his secret and they drive to the dentist for his regular checkup and cleaning – a little earlier than planned.
Write each event at the top of each page and hand a sheet to each child to draw a colorful picture of that part of the story. Read them the story and show their drawings, allowing you to instill good dental health through pictures they made themselves. Conlude your story: "Rainbows don't belong in mouths – rainbows are for skies!" Make this the title of your booklet and write it on the bottom of each page. Kids love repeating fun, catchy phrases, and you can talk about how each part of the mouth turns a color of the rainbow if not taken care of.
Teaching kids about parts of their mouth doesn't have to be boring and perfunctory. The more your kids learn early on, the more invested they'll be in their own good oral care as adults.