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Health and Hygiene Games and Activities

How To Sneeze
The new recommended way is to cough or sneeze into the crook of your arm instead of the hand if no Kleenex is available.

Group Time/Math
Graph favorite toothpaste flavors - mint, bubble gum or fruit?

Dramatic Play
Dentist office (call your dentist for donations!)

Dental Health
One thing you can do when doing dental health is to hard boil an egg ahead of time. Then bring in some dark soda. Place the egg in the soda for a day. Then the next day talk about why we should keep our teeth clean and how we can keep them clean. Then take the egg out. It is discolored, yellow, looks like plaque. Take a tooth brush with a little tooth paste, that's how you can fit in how much they should be using, and brush it off. It REALLY comes off. They love it. They each get a turn.

Playing Doctor
Let the children dress up in white shirts or smocks and take turns playing doctor/patient. You could bring out a shoe box filled with different supplies, bandages, popsicle sticks for tongue depressors, empty ball point pen for pretend needles, etc)

Visiting the Doctor
You could discuss why it is important to see the doctor regularly. Ask if anyone knows how to use a stethoscope and ask if they know what a heartbeat is. If they put their hands over their heart they might be able to feel it beating. You could show them how to take a pulse on their wrists and on their neck.

Health Talk
You could discuss the difference between baby teeth and permanent teeth. Discuss how it feels to lose a tooth. Other children might be able to tell you about caring for their teeth, you can emphasize:
teeth should be brushed in the morning and before bed teeth should be brushed after meals when you can flossing is important, too sweet and sticky foods need to be rinsed or brushed off as soon as possible.
Can the children tell you the kinds of foods that are good for their teeth? What are good breakfast foods? What are good snacks?

Magic exercises
Discuss the importance of exercise and a healthy body. Let the children suggest what kind of exercises to do.
* standing on their toes
* clapping both hands over their heads
* standing on one foot
* wishing hard
* clapping both hands behind their backs
* waving a magic wand
Put the exercises together to make a simple routine. See if the children can repeat them several times.

Fishing for Good Foods
Children can cut pictures from magazines (or for the little ones have them already cut) from the five basic food groups. Have the children glue these pictures onto a fish shape cut from construction paper. Slip a paper clip onto the front of each fish. Make a fishing pole from a dowel and tie a magnet onto the end of the string. Label five small buckets with the name/picture of each food group. Have the children try to catch a fish and encourage them to decide which group the food belongs to and then put the fish in the correct bucket.

Separating Solids
Mix one cup of beans, one cup of salt and one cup of rice together in a bowl. Provide the children with a strainer and a colander and tell them to separate the items in the bowl into three separate bowls--one with beans, one with salt and one with rice. After the children are successful. ask them if they can think of another way to accomplish the task.



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