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As your child heads towards the grade school years, building fine motor skills becomes increasingly important. Even though your child may still be in preschool now, she’s developing abilities that will help her in the long-term. That includes kindergarten, elementary school and the rest of her life. Fine motor, or hand and finger, skills definitely fall under that “must develop now” category.

When it comes to fine motor skills, your child is building eye-hand coordination, dexterity, grip, and the ability to control her own movements. These growing developments help her to write, feed herself, dress herself, and do anything that involves her hands.

Don’t worry if your pre-k kiddo can’t write the entire alphabet write now. She’s probably still working on her first few letters. That’s why developing fine motor abilities is so important during the preschool years. Think of what your child does now as the building blocks of other, more complex, motor movements.

How can your child work on fine motor skills? While sitting and writing letter after letter will technically work, this type of rote activity isn’t likely to hold your preschooler’s attention. Instead, try an artsy activity that engages and educates your child.

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If you’ve long wondered why your child appears to be more deeply affected by loud noises, sudden schedule changes, or a loud and fast-paced environment than other children his or her age, you may be dealing with the heightened sensitivity that marks a highly sensitive child (HSC).

Indeed, the phenomenon of the HSC has only recently received much attention or press coverage, and many parents of sensitive children may not have much guidance on the best discipline methods, amount and type of media exposure, or preschool programs to help meet their child’s needs. 

Fortunately, there are several popular pre-school and pre-k programs that may be a perfect fit for the sensitive child. Read on to learn more about the special considerations you’ll want to take into account when selecting a preschool program for your highly sensitive child as well as some of the ways in which your child’s needs may differ from those of his or her peers. 

How Do the Needs of Highly Sensitive Children Differ From Those of Other Children?

Although sensitive children don’t have an “official” diagnosis (unlike those with autism spectrum disorders or other sensory processing issues), many psychologists believe that highly sensitive children are essentially born with a nervous system that’s always on alert. Highly sensitive children may be especially sensitive to sudden loud noises, like slamming doors or beeping car horns, and tend to be restless sleepers.

Many HSCs have sensory issues that overlap with those of children with an autism spectrum disorder. For example, an HSC may insist that the seam of their sock be perfectly lined against their toes or refuse to put on a certain shirt or pair of pants with a tag that’s too scratchy.

While non-HSCs may notice or even be bothered by these same issues, they’re better able to ignore them and move on while HSCs may find themselves unable to concentrate or continue on to another activity until the problem is solved.

HSCs are frequently described as “shy” or “standoffish”; although they can be extroverted, it can sometimes take them more time than other children to adjust to new situations and become comfortable and at ease with their surroundings. 

While this may seem like a laundry list of factors that can make raising an HSC more challenging than a child without heightened sensitivity, HSC have a number of advantages as well. Their perception and ability to soak in others’ emotions and reactions can make them tremendously empathetic, and you may discover that your child is always the first on the scene to comfort a friend or pet who isn’t feeling well. 

What Should You Keep in Mind When Selecting a Preschool for Your HSC? 

There are a few factors you’ll want to place at the forefront of your mind during your decision-making process. 

Transition Procedures

For highly sensitive children, transitions can be especially stressful. If your child already attends daycare, you may find that dropping him or her off is the most hectic part of your morning. By inquiring into the transition procedure of your chosen preschool or pre-k program, you’ll be better equipped to decide whether the transitions are fluid and flexible enough to meet your child’s needs or will send him or her into a tailspin immediately upon arrival.

Many HSC do better with a slow-paced transition to activities-for example, eating breakfast quietly at a table after they arrive at preschool rather than immediately being sent into a loud room with other children playing. 

Independent Play

Schools that focus on learning through play and fostering independence can often appeal to the HSC. As opposed to more structured programs where children aren’t able to choose what they work on or where they play, these child-centered programs can give your HSC the flexibility to step back when an activity becomes overwhelming rather than force themselves to continue and go through a meltdown.

If you’re child doesn’t respond immediately to your attempts to help them, don’t worry too much. As your child gains independence and forms relationships with his or her peers, the activities that are perceived as overwhelming may become fewer and farther between. Talk to the professionals at Kid’s Country for more information. 

5 Ways Craft Projects Benefit Your Child

Many preschools, parents, and even babysitters rely on crafts to entertain their charges. These simple projects are more than just busy work-the tasks involved in crafts help children learn and develop as they have fun.

In this blog, we list five benefits that craft projects at home and at school can provide to your little one.

1. Bilateral Coordination

The term “bilateral coordination” applies to two vital types of child development. The primary type of bilateral coordination is the ability to use both hands in tandem movements. Using scissors, coloring, and doing other common crafting tasks encourage children to figure out how to make their hands work together.

Bilateral coordination is an essential foundation for developing fine motor skills, which we’ll discuss in more detail in section three.

The second type of bilateral coordination is neurological. This type of bilateral coordination involves the right and left hemispheres of the brain working together to respond to stimuli. Because crafts involve technical elements and artistic elements, these projects stimulate both the left and right brains.

Early development of bilateral brain coordination improves overall cognitive development throughout your child’s life.

2. Creativity

It’s important to give children plenty of opportunities to flex their creative muscles, as we discussed in our previous blog, “The Importance of Fostering Children’s Creativity.” Creativity teaches problem solving, future thinking, and awareness.

Children are blessed with vivid imaginations that allow them to learn through play. Crafts give children an outlet to draw, build, or otherwise put their vision on paper.

3. Fine Motor Skills

Early childhood is when your child develops the ability to accurately control small-scale physical motions. This ability can also be referred to as “fine motor skills.”

Your child will use his or her fine motor skills to drive, type, and work in the future. But for now, drawing, cutting, and pasting help him or her strengthen the muscles in the hands as well as the neurological pathways that control fine-motor movement.

4. Self-Expression

Learning how to communicate thoughts and feelings is an important part of growing up. For many children, articulating these abstract concepts with words is difficult. Having a child illustrate their ideas is a first step toward effective self-expression.

This concept is particularly true for children who are introverted or for those who have speechdevelopment delays. Misshapen paper snowflakes and thick lines of glitter glue may not look like art, but they provide your child with an avenue to explore ideas that they can’t otherwise explain.

5. Self-Management

To adults, many craft projects are simple activities that don’t require a lot of decision making, selfcontrol, or thought. To children, however, craft projects often present a series of choices that can help them develop executive function skills like self-management.

For example, your child may think that cutting multiple sheets of paper at once will save time but discover that the end result isn’t as pretty. Making the decision to go slower to create a higher-quality end product shows self-management and future thinking.

Crafts also teach patience and the ability to identify causal relationships. For example, children learn that glue needs time to dry, thus requiring patience, and that not waiting long enough could break apart the project. This is a form of cause and effect.

Encourage your child to cut, glue, and glitter to help him or her learn and develop in the areas listed above.

At Kid’s Country Learning Center, creative and engaging craft projects are staples of our curriculum and classrooms. Learn more about our range of activities and how these activities help your child to thrive on our About Us page.

Singing and song time is an enjoyable part of early childhood education, but you might not fully realize just how much music—especially singing—can influence your child’s brain development and educational experience.

Here are a few of the unique benefits that your child will enjoy when he or she spends time singing in the classroom and at home.

Improved Memory

Have you ever had a catchy tune stuck in your head? Music, especially lyrics set to an easy tune, has a way of tapping the memory center of your brain. In preschool and daycare, singing can help children improve their capacity for learning. Music also serves as a mnemonic device for certain skills and knowledge. For example, when music is involved, your child will have an easier time with:

  • Learning the alphabet. Many children can sing the alphabet before even learning the meaning of each letter.
  • Learning a second language. Songs in a second language will help your child remember correct pronunciation.
  • Counting and remembering mathematical functions of all sorts. Adding becomes easy when the first few numbers in the sequence are set to song.

Additionally, if your child sings a song as they learn a new skill, the skill will be easier to repeat later—music can improve muscle memory. As a basic example, many toddlers do better with remembering to go to the potty when if the ritual of going to the bathroom includes a song. When they have to go, they might then begin to sing the potty song before even reaching the bathroom.

Increased Social Interaction

Singing together with other children is one of the first community-building exercises your child will experience. It takes work to listen to the words others are singing and to follow along with the lyrics to the end of the song.

Singing as a group fosters a feeling of learning together—especially when songs express a goal. A common example is the “cleanup” song: “Cleanup, cleanup, everybody everywhere!” This song immediately conveys the task at hand, and when every sings together as they cleanup, each child is focusing on “doing his or her share,” as the song instructs.

Increased Vocabulary

Some children struggle to understand and pronounce new words. Other children might be afraid to speak in front of others. Singing is the bridge that can help these students improve. Songs teach new words, especially songs that build on themselves. For example, “London Bridge is Falling Down” features a new tool in every verse for children to learn about.

Songs also naturally teach prepositions, locations, and words that rhyme. All of these factors come together to help your child’s language development improve when enjoying regular singing.

Improved Health

Finally, research shows that singing out loud can actually promote physical health benefits for children. Singing can have the following positive effects:

  • Calming. The act of singing requires mental concentration and can help the brain recall a calmer state. A simple song can help a toddler come out of a tantrum or help them forget sadness briefly as they sing a comforting tune.
  • Reduced stress. Singing improves your breathing. Children who sing have slower resting heartbeats and a larger lung capacity, reducing physical stress signals.
  • Improved body awareness. Children like to sing action songs—they make hand gestures (“If You’re Happy and You Know It”) and follow directions (“The Hokey Pokey”). Moving to musical queues improves coordination and helps children remain active at school, improving their concentration during more rigorous academia.

The benefits of singing in school cannot be stated enough. If your child is learning new songs at daycare, preschool, or in after school programs, encourage at-home practice to solidify the results.

For more information about aspects of exceptional childcare and education, contact us at Kid’s Country Child Care & Learning Center.

Work Full-Time? How to Stay in Touch With Your Child

It’s said that the best way to show someone you love them is to spend time with them. You wish you could spend every day with your child, but your work schedule doesn’t make that possible. Fortunately, there are ways you can stay in touch with your child even when you need to work full-time.

1. Maximize Your Time Off

While you might not be able to take your child on daily outings, you can make use of evenings, weekends, and time off. Plan a special activity each week that you can do one-on-one with your child.

When you have a new baby, use as much maternity or paternity leave time as you’re allowed to take. You can use this time off to bond with your new baby and spend time with your older children. Plus, many workers let their vacation days go unused. You could use these vacation days to spend time with your children, even if you decide to stay at home.

2. Give Your Child a Basic Cell Phone

If you feel that your child is old enough and responsible enough to take care of a cell phone, buying one may be a good idea. Your child can get a hold of you if he or she needs a ride from school or daycare. If you’re going to be late coming home, you can give your child a quick call.

There are several cell phone options catered to first-time phone users. With a pay-as-you-go phone plan, you pay only for the calls your child makes. It’s a good choice if your child is using his or her phone only to contact you.

Children under 12 probably don’t need a smartphone—a basic cell phone will do. Most cell phone carriers allow you to use parental controls to monitor your child’s phone use.

3. Send Gifts and Notes

Your child might miss you during the long days at school or daycare. Let your child know you’re thinking of him or her by leaving little notes or gifts in his or her backpack or lunch box. Your child will love discovering a new special note every day.

4. Take Your Child to Work

Many employers participate in Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, on the fourth Thursday in April. If yours doesn’t, ask your supervisor whether you can bring your child with you some day. Your son or daughter can see what your office looks like, meet your co-workers, and find out what you do. Knowing where you are every day might help him or her feel more connected to you.

5. Develop a Relationship with Your Child’s Teacher

If you want to know exactly how your child’s doing when you’re not around, ask your child’s teacher. The teacher can let you know about any struggles your child is having. He or she can partner with you to find a solution.

6. Choose a Daycare Near Your Work

This will give you the opportunity to visit your child if he or she gets sick or if there is another emergency. Choose a daycare, preschool, or after-school program with an open-door policy. That way, you can visit your child at any time during the day. You could even drop by during your lunch hour and participate in an activity with your child.

Working full-time can be difficult for both you and your child. By following these steps, you can maintain a good relationship with your child. Your child will know that you’re always there when he or she needs you.

If you’re looking for a family-focused preschool in the Seattle area, call Kid’s Country to schedule a tour. We have 10 locations, so we likely have one near your work.

You want to encourage your children to stay active and enjoy the outdoors. You also want them to learn more about the natural environment that surrounds them.

Outdoor activities in Washington State might not seem as obvious as those in California—you can’t always spend hours on the beach in the sunshine. Nevertheless, Washington still offers a variety of unique outdoor activities for children and parents.

Here are some educational yet fun outdoor activities you might not find anywhere else in the world.

1. Ballard Locks

Let your children experience what happens when the natural environment and human civilization meet. The Ballard Locks in the Lake Washington Ship Canal are a series of locks that shape Seattle and its waterways. The locks allow boats to pass from lakes to sea while preventing the mixing of salt water from the Puget Sound and fresh water from Seattle’s lakes.

At the Ballard Locks, your children will enjoy watching the locks in action. They can also learn more about the fish ladder, which allows salmon to safely migrate around the locks. Over a million people visit the locks every year, so make sure your family takes the chance as well.

2. Whale Watching Tours

Seattle’s proximity to the ocean offers the opportunity to see whales, dolphins, and other sea life. Several different boat tour companies can take you and your family around Seattle and the neighboring San Juan Islands. They can even take you all the way to Victoria and Vancouver in British Columbia.

As you look for sea life, tour guides can explain to your family about Seattle’s native animals and natural features. Make sure your kids bring their binoculars so they can get the first glance at a jumping whale!

3. Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park in Port Angeles offers a wide variety of unique outdoor features for your family to explore. Your children can enjoy hiking in the mountains, watching sea creatures in the tide pools, or walking through the stunning temperate rain forests.

You’ll see many different plants and animals at the Olympic National Park. To make your experience more exciting, have your children participate in a photo scavenger hunt. Make a list of plants and animals for them to find. When they find each item, they can snap a photo with a disposable camera and check the item off their list.

4. Pike Place Market

The Pike Place Market is among the oldest outdoor farmer’s markets in the country, in operation since 1907. While you stroll through the market, you can purchase fresh produce, crafts, artwork,
snacks, and many other items. If you’re lucky, you might get to watch fishmongers throwing fish to customers!

As you visit Pike Place with your children, help them name all the unique foods they see. Encourage them to try something they’ve never tried before.

5. Mt. Rainier

Beautiful Mt. Rainier is one of Washington’s most iconic and beloved mountains. Visiting Mt. Rainier as a family allows for many opportunities to hike. You can learn more about the natural area surrounding Mt. Rainier by participating in a ranger-led walk or talk at the visitor’s center.

One of the most exciting natural wonders of Mt. Rainier are the wildflowers that cover the surrounding meadows. The flowers’ peak season is in July and August.

Rainy weather and overcast skies don’t keep Washington residents from enjoying the outdoors. Help your children learn the importance of an active lifestyle and appreciate the beauty of the world around them. If you need to enroll your children in preschool, make sure to choose a preschool that incorporates outdoor activities as part of the curriculum!

7 Great Ideas for Rainy Day Fun with Your Child

As a parent, you know how much it matters to take good care of your child and create fun memories. When your child wants to play, you can take him or her outside to the park or playground to satisfy his or her itch for adventure.

But what about those rainy, gloomy days? Living in Northwest Washington can pose a challenge to parents, as many days of the year are too wet and cold to take kids outside. You can easily get discouraged when you can’t think of creative ways to spend time with your child indoors.

When those days come, show your child just how much fun he or she can have inside the house. Here are seven helpful ideas to convert rainy day blues into magnificent home-centered fun. These tips can also help your young one feel comfortable and even inspired rather than anxious if a storm occurs during daycare.

1. Build a Fort

Children love to create. One exciting way to help them channel their creativity is to build a fort inside your home. Remember the times you built forts when you were a child? The construction process has largely remained the same—find blankets, quilts, or other fabrics to place over chairs, tables, or boxes.

Partition the fort into multiple rooms or create one giant room. Add light, decorations, and toys to make it a complete experience. If your child grows tired of one set-up, take it all down and create a different fort model.

2. Craft a Rain Stick

Does your child love the sound of the raindrops bouncing around on your rooftop? Bring that sound into your home by making a rain stick. Simply take a cardboard paper towel tube, cover the edges, throw in dry beans or rice, and decorate the exterior with all kinds of colors, textures, and designs.

Your child will love the crafting process and will have fun shaking the rain stick around to mimic the sound of rain. If you’d like, keep the arts and crafts items out to work on other fun projects afterwards.

3. Play Card Games

Introduce your child to some logical thinking and decision-making with a game of cards. Most young children love playing games like Go Fish, Old Maid, War, and memory-matching games. In addition to having a blast, you’ll teach your child skills like counting, strategy, memory, and playing fairly.

Once you’ve finished playing, feel free to try stacking the cards to build a card tower. The process may prove difficult, but the laughs should come freely.

4. Discover New Books

If you’ve read through all your child’s books with him or her, don’t hesitate to go out and find more. Take a drive down to the bookstore or library to discover all kinds of stories that will ignite your child’s imagination.

Gather a handful and bring them back home to cozy up by the fireplace and start your new literary adventure together. The possibilities are nearly endless—read about dinosaurs, castles, wildlife, planets, historical figures, monsters, princesses, and so much more.

5. Become Chefs in the Kitchen

Cooking food may be an activity that you reserve for dinner time. But why not team up with your child to create edible masterpieces? Teach your young one how to bake cookies or brownies, split up the workload, and then watch his or her eyes beam with delight as you take a fresh batch out of the oven.

You can also let your creativity flow by designing edible rainbows with brightly colored fruits or vegetables. When you finish, compare your rainbows with any the rainstorm created, and eat yours up.

6. Go on a Treasure Hunt

Don’t limit the treasure hunting to Easter. Take turns hiding toys or other pieces of treasure from each other and then finding them. Bring the pirate adventures you’ve read about to life—dress up and pretend you’re real pirates hunting for real treasure. Your child will love the sense of adventure. Add a time limit or play music to make the hunt even more interesting.

7. Exercise, Exercise, Exercise!

Don’t think that a day indoors should limit yours and your child’s physical activity. Implement a mini regimen to keep your bodies healthy and happy. Find a comfy mat or blanket to exercise on and try simple maneuvers like jumping jacks, squats, or leg stretches.

Feel free to take a break between your work-out sessions to chomp on some healthy snacks like pretzels or orange slices. Remember that regular exercise with your child can establish healthy patterns for him or her later on in life.

In the end, rainy days actually open doors to exciting and cozy opportunities—they don’t just shut down all the fun. Implement the ideas above the next time you and your child face a rainy day at home and want to keep the excitement alive.

You considered your children’s daycare center carefully before choosing it. After all, you had to find a safe environment that would help your kids grow and develop. You wanted them to feel secure and happy when they spent time there. You also wanted to feel secure and happy in your decision, so you made sure the center had all the necessary certifications.

However, even though you know you made the right decision, you still worry about your children after you drop them off. They play with a group of other rambunctious kids, and an injury could occur after too much roughhousing. Or your children could contract an illness that another student brings into the center.

You don’t want your children to feel uncomfortable, even for the few minutes it takes you to come pick them up. So how do you help your children prepare for and handle an emergency situation? We’ve given you a few tips below.

Preparation: Emergency Survival Kits

As you prepare your kids for possible emergencies, keep in mind that your daycare center’s staff have the emergency certification and training to keep their students safe if anything happens. They can perform basic first aid, and they can get your children to safety if a natural or regional disaster occurs.

However, you can boost your peace of mind and your children’s confidence if you put two kinds of emergency kits in their backpacks.

Injury or Illness Survival Kits

The daycare center will likely have a first-aid kit on hand, but you can help your children feel safer by giving them their own kits with the following inside them:

  • Band-Aids with your kids’ favorite characters, designs, or colors on them
  • Gauze and heavy duty bandages
  • Sanitary wipes
  • Extras of any medications your children take, as well as your preferred over-the-counter painkillers
  • Lists of all your kids’ allergies and sensitivities
  • Emergency contact numbers, including your doctor’s number
  • Comfort items, like a blanket, a toy, treats, etc.
  • A complete set of extra clothes

These items would prove especially useful on a field trip or nature hike because staff might have to run back to the bus to get their own materials. Your kids’ kits will save time.

Natural or Regional Disaster Survival Kits

Sometimes a natural disaster like a powerful snowstorm or an earthquake could keep you from retrieving your children after daycare. Or maybe a lockdown or regional disaster could keep them at the center longer than usual. Your children will need an additional emergency kit just in case one of these scenarios happens. That kit should include:

  • At least one water bottle, if not two
  • Snacks and treats like granola bars and other nonperishables
  • Comfort items, but only if you didn’t put them in the other kit
  • A complete set of extra clothes, but only if you didn’t put them in your other kit
  • A flashlight and emergency whistle
  • Emergency contact numbers, including grandparents, aunts, uncles, and neighbors

Buy larger backpacks for your children so they can easily carry these kits and still have enough room for homework, lunches, and other essential items.

Steps for Handling the Emergency

Even though your children have all the necessary tools to respond to the emergency, they might not know what to do with those tools. Teach them how to use each part of their emergency kits, and explain to them your plan to come get them if they get injured or if a disaster occurs.

While they wait for your arrival, your children should do the following if they get hurt:

  • Immediately find their instructor and explain that they need help.
  • Follow their instructor’s directions, whether those directions include lying down, applying pressure, waiting, etc.
  • Sit patiently while their instructor applies first aid. Leave comfort items to the side until their daycare provider finishes first aid.
  • Wait quietly and calmly until you pick them up. In the meantime, they should stay away from other children if they feel sick.

Similarly, if a storm or other disaster occurs, your children should take these steps:

  • Find their daycare provider as soon as possible.
  • Obey their instructor’s directions to either evacuate to a bus, gather in the cafeteria, stay in the classroom, etc.
  • Call home, if possible, to tell you that they’re okay.
  • Use water and snacks responsibly so they don’t run out before the disaster subsides.
  • Stay calm until you arrive to pick them up.

Older children should also assist the daycare provider as he or she tries to keep the situation under control. Many children panic or cry during an emergency, but they need to stay calm so they can hear and follow their instructors’ directions. Tell your older children to reassure their younger peers and help instructors with tasks like handing out blankets or shepherding other students to safety.

 

Again, your daycare center’s staff have the training to keep your children safe in an emergency. However, if you follow the tips above, you can help you and your children feel more secure. Ask your child care provider if you have any additional questions or concerns about your children’s safety.

What You Should Know About Loose Teeth and Daycare

By the time you take your children to daycare, they’ve probably passed many of their major milestones. They’ve gotten their full sets of primary teeth, said their first words, and taken their first steps. However, one milestone may occur during those hours at the childcare center—the first loose tooth.

Children start losing their primary teeth around age six, and their teeth continue falling out until about age 13. Their teeth could fall out at any time, and children often view this transition with excitement or fear. Loose teeth also require a little effort and pain to work free. All these feelings together may make your children disruptive or distraught at daycare.

To make this milestone pass as smoothly and painlessly as possible, familiarize yourself with the information below.

How to Care for a Child’s Loose Tooth

Even if your children feel excited about their loose teeth, they might not have the same enthusiasm when anyone tries to touch their mouths. After all, their teeth might feel tender or even painful. However, even if their teeth cause discomfort, your children still need to practice dedicated dental hygiene. Take the following steps to ensure your children’s mouths stay healthy.

1. Brush the area gently.

Many children press pretty hard when they brush their teeth. If your children do the same, take this opportunity to teach them about using repetition, rather than pressure, to keep their teeth clean. The softer force doesn’t just feel more comfortable on tender teeth—it also promotes improved dental health in the future. Too much pressure wears away enamel and gums, leading to a higher cavity risk.

2. Floss daily.

Flossing may feel even more uncomfortable than brushing, but your children still need to do it. This important part of dental hygiene also helps the tooth fall out faster. It works the tissue and roots looser, so your children won’t have to wait as long for the discomfort to end.

3. Wiggle the tooth.

Children unconsciously play with their loose teeth using their tongues. Encourage them to do so purposefully as well. They may continue to use their tongues, or they can use their hands. However, if they use their hands, they should wash beforehand. They don’t want to put germy fingers in their mouths—especially since loose teeth expose more gum tissue to infections.

If your children want to wiggle their teeth at daycare, they should use the same principles. Encourage them to use their tongues where possible. And remind them to ask their instructors for permission to wash their hands before they wiggle their teeth with their fingers.

4. Eat apples and other crunchy, hard foods.

An apple’s firm peel and crunchy interior help loose teeth come even looser. Apples may even pull your children’s primary teeth for them. But even if they don’t, their grainy texture will help your children keep their teeth clean. Put an apple in your children’s sack lunches every day as they go to childcare.

5. Pull the loose tooth if necessary.

Most dentists recommend that you leave the tooth alone and let it fall out on its own. If you pull it prematurely, the gum could bleed and infection could set in.

However, if the tooth causes much pain or discomfort, or if it disturbs your children because it hangs by a thread, you can pull it. Use these steps:

  • Wash your hands.
  • Grip the tooth with clean gauze or tissue.
  • Twist it out.
  • Rinse the mouth and use gauze to staunch any bleeding.

What Children Should Do If They Lose Teeth at Daycare

As mentioned above, loose teeth can fall out at any time, especially if your children crunch into apples every day. They may lose their teeth at daycare. If that happens, you need to tell your children how to handle the situation. They will likely want to save their teeth so they can show you and get money from the tooth fairy. They can preserve their teeth and keep their classroom sanitary with the tips below.

1. Put teeth in an envelope or tissue.

Your children may want to show their teeth to their friends so they can feel grown up. However, mouths have a lot of bacteria, and teeth accumulate even more bacteria when they leave the mouth, so they create an unsanitary environment. Your children should wrap their teeth in an envelope, tissue, napkin, or piece of gauze. Once wrapped, their teeth should go into a pocket or backpack and left there.

2. Wash up.

As soon as your children put their teeth away, they need to wash their hands. Again, even a recently brushed mouth contains bacteria, and that bacteria will travel from the tooth to your children’s hands. And children’s hands like to explore everything. But if your children wash, they keep the classroom sanitary.

3. Don’t panic if teeth go missing.

Children swallow or misplace their teeth all the time. They feel disappointed if they misplace their teeth, but they often feel frightened if they swallow them. Reassure your children beforehand so they don’t panic or become distraught.

Loose teeth represent an important milestone. Use the tips above to help your children feel calm and comfortable if their teeth fall out during daycare.

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