Thursday, January 28, 2010

Play School: Staying healthy

Today in Play School we learned about staying healthy.
Concepts: I can keep my teeth healthy; I can keep my body healthy
Activies/Art: We practiced flossing on Fred the Milk Carton Flosser. Unfortunately, my camera cord is not working so I can't upload pictures, but I drew a face on an empty milk carton and cut out a smiling mouth with slits for each individual tooth. Then the kids "flossed" Fred's teeth.
The girls have a huge collection of toy food and we went through the container, one by one, sorting the food into healthy and unhealthy piles. Then we made a collage of healthy food with pictures cut from old magazines. I intended to have a handwashing demonstration and practice, but we didn't get around to it. Finally, we went outside and did an "exercise routine" and then just ran around and exercised. I got a kids' workout DVD from the library but since it was a sunny day, we decided to go outside instead.
Books: I had so many activities that I didn't check out any books from the library, but I did read The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist and The Berenstain Bears and Too Much TV by Stan and Jan Berenstain. I'm sure that it wouldn't be hard to find lots of kids books that are about exercise, eating healthy, and personal hygiene.
Songs: {To the tune of I'm A Little Teapot} I'm a tube of toothpaste on the shelf. I get so lonely all by myself. When it comes to bedtime, hear me shout--take off my cap and squeeze me out!
Snack: I sliced a red apple, stuck two slices together with peanut butter, and then stuck mini marshmallows between the slices to look like teeth in a smile.

Field Trip: A first visit to the dentist would be a perfect field trip!!


Rachel said...

HOLY COW! Did I mention that you are one of the most creative moms I know! What cute ideas! Hope you're feeling better soon! Love ya, Rach

Denise Faulkner said...

I love the mouths you made -- that is the best food creation for kids I have seen!! Can't wait to do it for Gavin, he is going to love it! Thanks for always inspiring:)

the HUNTINGTONS said...

Wow, what a fun idea! I love the way you taught the flossing on the milk jug. Wish I had the time to teach my patients using that! Oh, and the snacks are cute too! You are an amazing mother/teacher!

The Mommy Teacher said...

so cute! I love the milk carton youngest just keeps sucking the toothpaste and swallowing it..not sure how much cleaning is actually going on there!