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HEALTH ACTIVITY THEME
the spread of germs with these healthy hand washing activities and promote
good oral hygiene with the dental health ideas you'll find in this theme.
Materials: Hard boiled eggs, clear plastic cups, large spoon, black felt marker, tea or caramel colored soda, old toothbrushes, backing soda, salt, paper towels and toothpaste.
Description: Give each
child a hard boiled egg with a toothy grin drawn on it.
Now show the children an egg that was not put in the coke and observe how the coke eggs have become discolored. Tell the children that we can brush the egg just like we brush our teeth. Sing this song to the tune of Oh My Darling Clementine as you encourage children to brush their teeth.
Comment: Your class can also make their own toothpaste using 3 parts baking soda and 1 part salt.Brush your front teeth,
Dental Health Art
Materials: Toothbrush, white paint, corn syrup, bowls and pictures or outlines of a tooth.
Description: In advance prepare outlines of a tooth for each child. Then take a little bit of white paint and mix it with an equal amount of corn syrup. Using the picture / outline of a tooth, let the kids dip the toothbrush in the paint and "brush" the tooth. When it dries it will look like enamel. We talk about how to brush your teeth and they can practice on their pictures.
Note: There's more dental ideas further down the page.
Materials: Glitter, soap and water
Description: Teachers put glitter on your hands. Explain that we are pretending that the glitter is germs. Then shake a child's hand and say, "Look, she's got my germs." The child then shakes someone else's hand, etc. You then choose one child to go wash their hands, but do not dry with a paper towel yet.
The child comes and shows the class his or her hands (not all of the glitter will be gone yet). Then have the child dry his or her hands and show class again. Children now see how important it is to both wash and dry their hands.
Materials: Soap and water, camera and poster.
Description: To make a poster that hangs in
your bathroom to remind children to do
Literacy and Hand WashingHand Washing Rap
Children will be able to see how germs are passed from one person to another person with this personal health activity from Celeste C.
Materials: Glitter, soap and water and the book: Those Mean Nasty Dirty Downright Disgusting But Invisible Germs
Description: Have a couple of children sprinkle
different colors of glitter on the palms of their hands. Read the story
book. The children with glitter on their hands are asked to shake
hands with the other children in the group. Have the children look
at their hands and talk about what happened. Next, have the children wash
their hands with soap and water. Now talk with the children about what
Play: "Germ Control"
Materials: Sink, soap, towels, dishes, dust pans, broom, table, books, plastic food, household cleaning tools, pictorial sequence strip for hand washing
Description: During circle time sing songs about hand washing. I present pictures to help the children understand the sequence of hand washing. The children are introduced to what germs are and how we can try to control them. Reading a book about germs helps with this.
Next, divide the group into small groups of
four children. The children pretend to wash hands in the kitchen area
before handling food. While washing hands the children will have an opportunity
to review the sequence of hand washing. While washing, encourage the children
to sing the song that they learned about hand washing (see activity below).
Since it take a little time for hands to be properly washed singing the
song will give youngsters time to really clean their hands. Now, they
can pretend to do food preparations in the kitchen area.
Hand Washing Song
To the tune of "Row, Row Row Your Boat"Hand washing Song from "Healthy Habits For Healthy Happy Kids"
Canadian Institute of Child Health
For story time try reading the following book;
Those Mean Nasty Dirty Downright Disgusting but ....Invisible Germs: Esos Desagradables Detestables Sucios Completamente Asquerosos pero...Invisibles GermenesSneezing
Starla J. offers a way to demonstrate how germs spread with this personal hygiene activity.
Materials: Baby powder or tissue.
Description: Teachers can use either powder
or a tissue. If you use a tissue rip it
Materials: A large piece of paper, 2 to 4 spray bottles filled with colored water.
Description: Teachers read the book The
Cow Buzzed. Next talk to the youngsters about germs and how
they spread. Now place the paper on an easel and allow the children to
spray the paper with the colored water. You can also let the youngsters
spray their hands and touch the paper to see what happens to the
Are The Germs?
Materials: Small balloon and glitter.
Description: While discussing the transmission
of germs, I put some glitter in a
For the next two days we found glitter in
all different places. I explained that this is how colds are spread.
The children really learned a lot and passed it on to their parents.
They also found "germs" that they had transported home.
Comments: I use this activity every year. It makes the lesson real to the children.
Materials: Piece of bread per child, ziploc bag per child, magnifying glasses
Description: Give each child a piece of white
bread and ask them to cough on
Put magnifying glasses on the table with the bread so children can watch the germs growing.
Materials: Someone willing to be a Tooth Fairy
Description: What child has not dreamed of
catching the Tooth Fairy red handed?
I Had A Loose Tooth
Brushing Our TeethI had a loose tooth,
Start promoting healthy teeth during this oral hygiene activity by Tracey.
Toothbrushes, toothpaste and a set of laminated teeth or you could
Description: Let children place toothpaste
on the toothbrush and practice
Materials: Yellow construction paper, toothbrush and toothpaste.
Description: Use the construction paper to
cut out a large tooth shape. Explain
Science: Keep Tooth Decay Away
Materials: Boiled eggs, plastic cup, toothbrush - 1 for each child, one 2 liter soda (dark).
Description: Talk to the children about what they think will happen to their teeth if they do not brush them at night and in the morning. Read the book, Bearstein Bears Visit the Dentist. Talk about sister bear's fears and brother bear's visit. Did they brush well? Why do they think they got the good results? How should you brush your teeth? What is the proper way?
Have enough hard boiled eggs so that each
child can have one. Fill a cup with a dark soda. Tell the children that
we are going to pretend that the egg is their tooth. Ask them to gently
put the egg into the dark soda. Tell them the soda represents candy,
The next day, have the children see what happened to the eggs. (They will turn brown) Ask them why they think this happened. They are amazed at how the egg looks when they come back the next day and realize that good brushing is a priority. Have the children take a soft toothbrush and toothpaste and gently brush their "tooth" clean.
Comments: You can easily save toothbrushes
year to year. I go to the dollar store and get 20 brushes for 10 dollars
and save them each year.
Materials: Egg carton, white yarn and scissors.
Description: Take an empty egg carton and
cut, so you'll have three pieces.
Literacy and Crocodile Teeth
Materials: Green poster board, tooth brushes,
shaving cream, the book
Description: Cut out big crocodiles from the
poster board. Staple plastic egg
Comments: I cut out 4 crocodiles and had them laminated before I used them.
Materials: Large white tag board in the shape of a tooth.
Description: Keep track of lost teeth throughout
the year by writing the names
Description: Have children sit in a circle.
Ask one child to stand up. In the
Mental Health: Feelings Book
Materials: Poster board, contact paper or laminating paper, book rings, hole punch, markers to decorate and scissors.
Description: Draw a circle in the middle of
each piece of poster board, cut the
Materials: Black construction paper, white
chalk or crayon, Band-Aids, q-tips,
Description: With white chalk outline a medical
bag on black construction paper. Ask the children to cut out the bag.
On various paper plates, put Band Aids, cotton
Comments: At the beginning of the year, I
have parents send in their child's baby
Materials: One section of a egg carton, paint and yarn or a piece of pipe cleaner.
Description: Give each child a section of
a egg carton. Have them paint it silver or any color you want. Before
or after it's dry, make a hole so that a piece of yarn or pipe cleaner
can fit through. When it's dry, each child has their a stethoscope of
Effects of Smoking
Materials: Puppets and smoking advertisements.
2. Ask if the smoking advertisement is truthful
or misleading. Would a smoker
3. It is misleading because..(list on board)
4. Ask students if they can list other detriments.
5. Pass out paper bags and crayons.
Assign partners. They can make a puppet out
Closure: Review some of the detriments without
them being written on board.
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