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Tooth Healthy Foods – 3 to 5 Years


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Instructions

Starting the Conversation
  • What are some of your child’s favorite foods?
  • How do you feel about the number tooth healthy versus tooth unhealthy foods your child eats each day? (If needed, teach or remind the parent and child what tooth healthy and unhealthy foods are.)
  • What is one tooth healthy food she really likes?
Parent and Child Activity

1 Sort the foods.

  • Play a game to reinforce the types of foods that are tooth healthy and the types that are unhealthy.
  • Display the foods on floor and place the baskets/containers side-by-side.
  • Ask the parent and child to select a piece of food from the display and say if it is tooth healthy or tooth unhealthy and explain why.
  • If the food is tooth healthy, have the parent and child place the food in the basket with the happy face; if the food is tooth unhealthy, have the parent and child place the food in the basket with the unhappy face.
  • Ask the parent and child to select foods they like.
Extending the Learning

A. Sing the song “Old MacDonald Had a Farm”

Old MacDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O,

And on that farm he had some food, E-I-E-I-O,

With an apple here and a carrot there,

Fruits and vegetables everywhere,

Old MacDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O.

Old MacDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O.

And on that farm he had a cow, E-I-E-I-O.

With some good milk here and some good cheese there,

Strong teeth, strong bones, everywhere,

Old MacDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O.

Old MacDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O.

And on that farm he had a hog, E-I-E-I-O.

With some protien here and some iron there,

Strong teeth, strong bones, everywhere,

Old MacDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O.

B. Read the book “Snacks for Healthy Teeth” by Mari Schuh

C. Time for a Snack

Use pictures or play food to have a make-believe healthy snack or meal together. Model with the parent how to show enthusiasm as you “eat” together. Point out the large amount of healthy foods to choose from.




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