When it comes to our children’s dental and oral health, we all know how important it is to get them into a good hygiene routine from an early age. It can be challenging, though – how many of us have had to resort to tasty toothpastes and even musical toothbrushes?!
If you have been struggling to get your little one to get into a good dental hygiene routine, or you’re about to teach them all about it, the wonderful folk over at Fine Motor Boot Camp are here to make life that little bit easier for you.
The team has come up with a fantastic idea for making dental health fun, with an activity that uses one of the most popular and beloved – not to mention versatile – children’s toys of all time: LEGO!
In a video shared to the ever-popular Love What Matters page, the team demonstrates a fun dental health activity involving a ‘mouth’ built entirely from red and white LEGO. The pieces are arranged into a square-shaped object, with the white bricks representing the teeth.
The team then take black erasable markers and draw on ‘plaque and cavities’ across the teeth. The children are armed with a toothbrush, and challenged with the tasks of ‘cleaning’ away the ‘plaque’ and flossing in between the ‘teeth’ with a real flossing tool.
The feedback from the children, as you can well imagine, was overwhelmingly positive: “They LOVED this activity and even started drawing ‘braces’ on the teeth. It was great to build fine motor skills and language.”
And the parents of Facebook are loving the idea, too. The post, which was shared to Love What Matters just this morning, has been viewed thousands of times – and mums and dads have been quick to tag their friends, to share the wisdom.
“Do the kids still do lessons on oral health? This would be a cute and fun activity!” wrote one follower, addressing her friend.
Others, meanwhile, lamented the fact that this video wasn’t around when they were tackling this often tricky phase with their own little ones! Indeed, one fan of the page wrote: “We should have done this!”
If you’ve got a bucket of LEGO at home, and you were previously feeling a tad uncertain about this stage of your young child’s education, this idea is certainly worth trying out.
Let us know how you get on!