Mix up the traditional Easter egg hunt with an adventurous at-home scavenger hunt that encourages learning! Print it out, and get hunting! Scroll below for DIY tips to assemble an awesome dental-friendly Easter Basket! (Download the printable PDF here.)
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HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN DENTAL-FRIENDLY EASTER BASKETS:
Easter is such a fun time for families! But it doesn't have to be a reason to put your child at risk for dental decay. Have your "Easter Bunny" stuff your child's basket with activities and healthy snacks, rather than all candy. Here are ideas for assembling a "Dental Friendly Easter Basket".
GAMES & PUZZLES - Encourage family play time, as well as independent play.
ARTS & CRAFTS - Paint, string, modeling clay, jewelry making supplies, popsicle sticks.
COLORING & ACTIVITY BOOKS - Pair it with a new set of crayons or colored pencils. Feeling sentimental? Allow all the family members to color some pages, sign and date it - so that years from now, it will be a cherished family memento.
STORY BOOKS - Spark their imagination and encourage your child's love for reading by including age appropriate books. Search & Find type books can keep kids entertained for a while, too!
JOURNAL & A NEW PEN - Children can record their thoughts, memories, and sketches.
NOVELTY ORAL CARE ITEMS: Toothbrush, Yummy Toothpaste, & a fun Mouthwash - Nowadays, there are so many kid-friendly options. Spark interest in their own oral health with a toothbrush themed in their favorite characters or colors, and some flavors to make it enjoyable. And don't forget the floss!
HEALTHY SNACKS - Berries, dried fruits, and nuts are delicious alternatives to candy!
A FRAMED PHOTO - Frame a picture of an event that was important to your child.
LIP BALM - Keep those lips moisturized! Many options even have SPF protection.
NEW ACCESSORIES - Socks, hair bows, a hair brush, hats, and sunglasses.
SPECIAL TOYS - A small stuffed animal, cars, dolls, and outdoor play items are fun!
To ensure all your children’s teeth are ready to SMILE all year long, be sure to visit Sunshine Children’s Dentistry. The American Dental Association recommends oral checkups twice annually for children (and adults, too). QUESTIONS? We are a resource to you and are happy to answer any questions you may have about your child’s changing smile. We believe that oral health should be FUN and something to SMILE about! f you ever need to reach us, our number is 910.762.7736.
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