February is Dental Health month. It’s a great time to schedule a trip to the dentist or have a dentist come and talk to your class. Here’s a fun dental health craft for kids that they’ll love do to this month: Have them create a portrait of themselves brushing their teeth. Add puffy paint toothpaste to the toothbrush for the finishing touch!
- construction paper in assorted colors
- crayons, markers, and/or colored pencils
- liquid glue
- glue stick
- shaving cream
- small paintbrush
- Print templates onto construction paper. Students cut out the templates.
- Glue the shirt at the bottom of the paper a bit to the left of center. This leaves room to add the arm later.
- Glue on the face and hair. Students might like to draw on or decorate their shirt. I like to wait until the head is glued on so they see how much room they have to decorate.
- Next, glue on the eyes and mouth. Draw on a nose.
- Place the sleeve vertically next to the shirt. Add the hand under the top of the sleeve and then place the toothbrush under it. Glue all the pieces into place.
- Mix equal parts liquid glue and shaving cream to make the puffy paint toothpaste.
- Using a small paintbrush, paint a small amount of puffy paint on the toothbrush to resemble toothpaste. A little goes a long way!
This art project is a great follow-up to learning the steps for how to brush your teeth or proper oral care. Have students write a how-to piece on how to brush their teeth and add it to the bottom of the portrait for a cute bulletin board display!