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Floss, Floss, Floss


Show children actual dental floss. Let each child feel a piece. Explain the purpose of flossing teeth (to remove hard-to-reach food that causes germs and plaque). Invite pairs of students to face one another. Ask one student to hold up his/her hand with the fingers spread wide. Give the other child a 6 to 8 inch piece of yarn. Show the child how to wrap the yarn around his/her finger for a good grip. Let him/her "floss" up and down between the other child's fingers, making sure to scrape the sides of each finger. When finished, let the children switch roles.


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