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By Jenni Tavener

Adapted from article published on 6 April 2010

With both National Smile Month and Walk to School Week taking place in May, it’s never been a better time to encourage children to think about healthy living. Here are some great activities to introduce children to the benefits of walking to school and also keeping their teeth sparkling clean!

National Smile Month (13 May – 13 June)

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A welcome smile

Explain that it is National Smile Month. Talk about the importance of smiling. How do the children feel when their friends, relatives or neighbours give them a smile? What makes them smile? Talk about why a smile can help the giver and receiver to feel happy, comfortable or welcome. Invite children to draw or paint pictures of themselves smiling. Display the smiling faces in your entrance area to welcome visitors, children and parents. Pass a smile at circle time by simply smiling at the person sitting next to you – it’s sure to end in giggles!

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Healthy teeth

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