There are so many fun ways to build dental health awareness at home and in the preschool classroom! As teachers, we can incorporate creative dental activities as we work to teach our students about proper oral hygiene and the importance of regular dental checkups. Printable dental health activities can bridge the gap between dental health awareness and academic success by combining critical early learning skills and healthy teeth care practices.
February is the perfect time to add dental health activities or a Dental Health Month thematic unit to your lesson plans. Then, utilize creative dental activities to teach fine motor skills, build a strong literacy foundation, and practice math concepts with little learners. My easy “missing teeth” number hunt activity is perfect for teaching number identification and counting skills this winter.
Ready to get started celebrating Dental Health Month in the classroom this February? Keep reading to get the scoop on my printable number hunt dental health activity and more creative dental activities for learning fun!
Building Dental Health Awareness in the Classroom
There are many ways to build dental health awareness in the classroom! Your preschoolers might be nervous about visiting the dentist or unsure about the best ways to care for their teeth. Learning what to expect during a visit to the dentist, how to brush and floss, and who the Tooth Fairy is can help kids feel confident practicing great oral hygiene at home.
Building dental health awareness in preschoolers is an important first step toward developing a lifetime of healthy teeth. Educating our preschool students about dental health at an early age instills good habits that will prevent tooth troubles and encourage overall health.
When they know how to brush and floss properly and make healthy food choices, your preschoolers will be excited to care for their teeth and less likely to experience cavities or gum disease. They’ll also be much less likely to be afraid of the dentist. Dental health awareness is a valuable tool for a healthy smile they’ll possess for life!
Practicing Math with Creative Dental Activities for Preschoolers
Creative dental activities can be a fantastic place for teachers and parents to begin combining lessons in math and dental health for preschool learners. I’ve got some awesome printable activities to help you get started. These activities are easy to add to a rainy afternoon, a classroom math center, or as an added activity in your substitute teacher’s folder.
Check out my Missing Teeth Number Hunt for a fun and engaging way to build dental health awareness and practice counting too! This activity is low-prep for teachers and parents but offers lots of exciting opportunities for preschoolers to get hands-on practice counting and identifying numbers.
Using the included Missing Teeth worksheet, preschool students will count the teeth on each card and color the corresponding number on their worksheet. This hands-on practice is great for developing counting skills, number recognition, one-to-one correspondence, fine motor skills, and concentration. Plus, it’s lots of fun!
More Engaging Dental Health Activities for Kids
There are so many engaging dental health activities for kids to explore during Dental Health Month! Don’t miss some of my other creative dental activities for preschoolers:
All of these activities make building dental health awareness with preschoolers exciting for even the most reluctant learners. Your preschool students will be ready to brush, floss, count, and more as they explore and learn together using these creative dental activities!
Which dental health activities are your favorites? Tell me all about your favorite ways to teach dental health awareness in the comments. I can’t wait to read them and try a few of your favorite activities with my preschoolers too!