This post and party were sponsored by ACT Kids Toothpaste but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Having two school aged children I know the battles that take place when it comes to completing certain chores, getting to bed on time, and choosing healthier snacks. The oral care routine is one thing I don’t let slide, I had awful habits growing up which has led to some pretty high dentist bills in my adulthood. My husband also didn’t have the best oral care in his teenage years so we make sure to instill good oral care and eating habits with our children so they don’t end up with high bills and a mouth full of cavities like myself.
Starting early I made brushing their teeth, flossing, and mouthwash a part of their nightly routine. I try to make it fun with cool toothbrushes, colorful floss picks, and allow them to choose their flavor of Anticavity Rinse and toothpaste when they run out. This Brushing Chart from ACT makes it easy to keep them in their routine. While we never really ran into an issue with not wanting to brush their teeth, my middle son in particular would always rush, so a fun little sand tooth timer worked out perfect.
According to a recent survey, nearly 4 in 10 moms (35%) say getting their kid(s) to brush their teeth is one of their most frustrating daily battles, in line with convincing their kid(s) to eat their vegetables (38%) and putting their kid(s) to bed at night (40%).*
ACT Kids Toothpaste
This past week we were introduced to the new ACT Kids Toothpaste that is now available for kids ages 2 years and older in both bubble gum and fruit punch flavors. We’re familiar with the ACT Kids brand as we have been using the ACT Kids Anticavity Rinse (for kids ages 6 years and older) for the past few years. The Bubble Gum flavor in the Anticavity rinse has always been a favorite with my two older children so they were excited to give the new ACT Kids Toothpaste in the Bubble Gum flavor a try.
As a mother of three young boys I know how tricky it can be to get picky eaters to choose healthy foods. Along with instilling good oral care habits with my children, I also encourage “good for your teeth” foods. If we don’t have sweets in the house, then we’re not able to eat them. Every very week I make sure to stock our fruit basket with apples and pears, and have a variety of fruit and vegetable cut into bite sized pieces in the fridge. Lucky for me, my kids love fruits and most veggies. I’m not sure if it because I always encourage them to choose an apple or berries over sweets or if it’s because I often make their snacks and meals fun.
Fruit skewers are one of my go-to recipes not just for school lunches but for play dates and parties as well. This recipe is easy and perfect for parents and caregivers who are looking for healthy options for children. You can choose whatever fruits you have on hand or on sale for the week, or make them holiday themed (red and blue for 4th of July, Memorial Day etc.), or cut the fruit into heart shapes using cookie cutters for Valentine’s day.
Ingredients: Variety of fruit (grapes, strawberries, blueberries, cantaloupe, watermelon, melon, kiwi, raspberries, pineapple), wooden skewers
- Cut fruit into bite sizes pieces
- One by one, slide fruit onto wooden skewers
- Repeat until all fruit is used.
- Refrigerate until ready to serve.
With the weather warming up and the kids itching to get outside and play, it was the perfect time to get together with some friends to celebrate the launch of the new ACT Kids Toothpaste. Before the kids headed outside to play, they participated in a few fun activities including a matching game and “Happy Tooth, Sad Tooth” where they were able to cut out healthy and unhealthy snacks and place them on the correct tooth. Of course we couldn’t have a playdate without some fun snacks so we made some fun fruit skewers and these fun “Monster teeth” made with apple slices, peanut butter and mini-marshmallows. We made these “monster teeth” for our Halloween Party in the past, and they were a hit.
A party isn’t complete without a goodie bag!
To help encourage 2 minutes of teeth brushing at morning and night, each child also went home with their very own sand timer along with new ACT Kids Toothpaste, a toothbrush, and fun tooth eraser. Have you spotted the new ACT Kids Toothpaste?
The new ACT Kids Toothpaste is available at a variety of retail locations, including select Walmart, Walgreens, and Target locations.
ACT Kids Coupon: For more information visit the ACT Kids website, you can also download an ACT Kids coupon to save $1 on any ONE (1) ACT® Kids Rinse or Toothpaste.
*The survey was sponsored by Sanofi Consumer Healthcare and conducted online using Toluna’s QuickSurveys methodology between February 13, 2017 and February 14, 2017 among 1,150 moms with children between the ages of two and 12 in the USA. Respondents for Toluna QuickSurveys are selected among those who have agreed to participate in Toluna surveys.
Toluna’s SmartSelectTM methodology was used to promote samples representativeness. SmartSelect relies on statistical matching rather than probability sampling to select survey respondents, based on demographic, attitudinal and behavioral characteristics that match those of the target population. Figures for age, gender, region, race/ethnicity, education and income are also weighted to bring them into line with their actual proportions within the population. Because the sample is based on those who agreed to participate in Toluna surveys, no estimates of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.