Getting your kids to brush their teeth for at least 2 minutes, twice a day can definitely be tricky. As parents, we try our best to be the example, but sometimes there’s just more that we have to do to get them to brush.
There’s a lot of information out there on getting your kids to brush their teeth, and the best ideas have been about finding ways to pass the time – while still getting a good, thorough brushing in. We even found one article about workouts that you can do while you brush your teeth.
We went ahead and collected some of our favorite kid-friendly ideas for activities that they can do while brushing their teeth:
Listen to fun songs
Get into the groove of brushing your teeth by letting your children pick the playlist! Listening to a good song is one way to pass the time while giving their pearly whites a good scrub. Popular songs these days tend to be about 3-4 minutes, which gives them plenty of time to not only brush, but also floss.
Watch their favorite TV characters
Sesame Street’s Elmo does a great job of entertaining the kids while singing “Brushy Brush Brush”. This song is incredibly catchy, and the music video will definitely hold your child’s interest while they brush.
Another thing you can do is have a “toothbrush break” while your child’s favorite show is on a commercial break. Since we all hate commercials, why not pass the time? Commercial breaks tend to be 3-4 minutes long, so there’s no reason to get your tooth-brushing done in a rush.
Annoy their siblings
Obviously! Although, it can be difficult to limit this activity to just two minutes. Good thing they have to brush their teeth twice a day.
Read a comic book
Whether its Calvin and Hobbes, the Marvel comics, or whatever it is that the kids are reading these days. Holding up a comic book in the bathroom will give them a great reason to brush! This activity will definitely encourage your kids to brush a little more slowly, getting all their teeth in the process.
Practice their favorite dance moves
Don’t go too crazy with this one! But making “tooth brushing time” synonymous with “dance party” might convince your little one to put the two minutes in. You’ll want them to be extra careful to not swallow any toothpaste or hurt themselves with the brush.
Keeping up with good oral-care habits and visiting the pediatric dentist regularly is key to developing a healthy smile. And when it comes to maintaining a daily routine of brushing their teeth, your kids might need to keep their minds occupied while they brush!