Helping kids understand the importance of caring for their teeth can be a challenge. Heck, even adults seem to care less most days of the week. But, perhaps that’s because as children we weren’t presented with any cool learning opportunities that cemented this lesson in our youthful noggins. With that in mind, we’d like to introduce a few fun and easy to play games that may serve to inspire your children to respect the miracle of their teeth throughout their lives.
Online games and fun “in-house” experiments abound if you know where to look. Here are a few excellent starting points to begin your child’s tooth adventures. There is something for kids of all ages out there!
- Scholastic Canada: Educational publisher, Scholastic, is well known to parents. They know how to create tools kids love. Their Magic School Bus Game is no exception, and takes kids on a winding maze adventure designed to teach them the right foods to protect their teeth and the right habits to ensure they stay healthy!
- Colgate: Toothpaste brand Colgate offers up a bevy of games and activities for kids that include puzzles, online pinball type games, and even a printable brush chart to allow kids to show off a bit.
- Crest: Not to be left out, Crest has also dipped their toes into the learning pool by sharing with knowledge-hungry kids their wonderfully creative Crest Eggsperiment, which demonstrates to children how certain drinks affect our teeth by using a hard-boiled egg as a stand-in for a tooth. Lots of fun!
- Oh, Canada! Part II: The Nova Scotia Dental Association’s Healthy Teeth site has a few excellent games to share as well, including their Floss Is Boss experiment which teaches kids the importance of flossing by using peanut butter gunked-up between their fingers. Super-creative as well nice and messy – just the way kids like it! Also, their “Save the Tooth” game is a fun click-happy game that’ll even have parents hunting for the best ways to stay away from the game’s cavity monsters.
- The ADA: Of course, the American Dental Association has a lot of great tools as well, and their Mouth Healthy Kids website includes videos for kids to watch while brushing (featuring characters like Elmo, for example), and games like Visit the Dentist with Marty, which walks kids through a trip to the dentist, and online quiz game, To Tell the Tooth, which, as you’d guess … keeps kids guessing as to questions related to their teeth.