Countdown to Clean

Kids can help craft this sparkly timer that makes brushing their teeth more fun and thorough.

So your dentist says your kids should brush their teeth for a full two minutes every time.

But if you have trouble motivating them to brush at all, this family craft might help! This glitter jar acts as a timer that children can shake up and watch while they brush.

Choose a Bible verse for the glitter jar to remind your child to pray for people who can’t afford dental care. Some ideas: 1 Thessalonians 5:17, Philippians 4:6 or Proverbs 19:17.

SUPPLIES

  • clear jar, 8 oz. or smaller, with lid
  • acrylic paint
  • paintbrush or sponge brush
  • paint pen or permanent marker
  • ribbon or washi tape, optional
  • tube of glitter glue, found at craft stores
  • extra-fine glitter

DIRECTIONS

  1. Help your child decorate the lid of the jar with acrylic paint and washi tape or ribbon. Use a paint pen or permanent marker to write your Bible verse on the lid, or print it out and glue it on.
  2. Fill ¾ of the jar with water. Then have your child squeeze some of the glitter glue into the jar, plus 1 tsp. glitter. Put on the lid and shake well. Test and add more glitter glue and glitter as needed until it all takes about 1 minute to settle to the bottom after you shake it.
  3. Next time your kids brush their teeth, tell them to shake up the jar and place it on the counter. They can brush their top row of teeth until all the glitter settles to the bottom, and then shake up the jar and brush the bottom row until all the glitter settles again.

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Kids can help craft this sparkly timer that makes brushing their teeth more fun and thorough.