By teaching our children how to make healthy choices, we’re arming them with the ability to live healthy lifestyles. Proper hand sensory issues in preschoolers is key to keeping healthy, but it can sometimes be a challenge for little ones to remember the steps. To help them remember, create visual cue cards on the wall by the sink. You could do this by taking pictures of your child doing each step or by using clip art as seen below.
When demonstrating proper hand washing procedures, a good rule of thumb that they’re washing long enough is if they sing “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” twice before rinsing off the soap. Have you ever been sneezed on? Here’s a fun and simple activity to show children the importance of covering their nose and mouth when they sneeze. Take a little bit of flour and place it in your hand. Put your hand close to your face and do a fake sneeze, blowing the flour in the air. Taking an active role in preparing healthy food is an easy way to teach children how to make healthy food choices. One of Bear’s favorite things to make and eat is trail mix.
We use squared corn cereal, pretzels, cheese crackers, raisins, dried cranberries, and marshmallows. True, the marshmallows aren’t that healthy, but they add just enough appeal to little eyes. I’ve been brushing Bear’s teeth since he was one. I’ve taught him the basics about daily tooth brushing, but still I thought we’d explore why we brush our teeth. We mixed food coloring into white Colgate toothpaste to create paint. Then he “brushed” the white paper with the toothpaste paint and a toothbrush.