Menemene Mai (Smile)

Welcome to Menemene Mai (Smile) the Early childhood oral health toolkit for kaiako in Waitaha Canterbury. Here you’ll find activity sheets, strategies, information about tools, key messages, brochures and posters to assist you in your inquiry process.

Activities for Tamariki

My teeth
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My Teeth

Kaiako provide activities and resources in response to children’s curiosity about their teeth.

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ata
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Mirror Mirror

Tamariki use a mirror to check their teeth and smiles. Kaiako talk with tamariki about how to keep their smiles bright.

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Animal teeth
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Animal teeth

Tamariki discover that animals like cats’ and dogs’ teeth come in different shapes and sizes.

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Menemene Mai
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Menemene Mai

Children discover how to look after their teeth and how they can keep their smiles bright.

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Egg Inquiry
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Egg Inquiry

Tamariki discover the difference tooth-friendly drinks and sugar-sweetened drinks have on eggs. 

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Join the dots
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Join the dots

Take home activity for children to complete at home with a whānau member. Join the dots to create a tooth.

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Bingo and Memory
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Bingo and Memory

Games to strengthen oral health language and memory.

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Send a smile
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Send a Smile

Tamariki draw a smile to take home to a whānau member.

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Tooth brushing charts
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Tooth Brushing Chart

Tamariki learn to brush their teeth twice a day and to brush teeth with whānau.

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Super Brushing Zone
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Super Brushing Zone

Children colour a bathroom door hanger. Hangers can be taken home to place on bathroom doors. 

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Sing Waiata
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Sing Waiata

Children sing songs together. Featuring new teeth themed lyrics alongside well-known tunes.

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Tooth-friendly drinks
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Tooth-Friendly Drinks

Tamariki discover how much sugar is in various drinks by counting out teaspoons of sugar.

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Tooth-friendly kai
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Tooth-Friendly Kai

Tamariki read a book together and talk about eating well (eating ‘kapai kai’) 

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Read a book together
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Read a Book Together

Tamariki read books (with kaiako) to discover how to keep our lovely smiles.

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Activities for Kaiako

Getting to know the Community Dental Service
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Getting to know the Community Dental Service (CDS)

Become familiar with how the Community Dental Service works. Staff may support whānau who have questions about their child’s dental care.

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Developing oral health guidelines policy
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Developing Oral Health Guidelines/Policy

Staff and whānau work together to develop Oral Health Guidelines/Policy.

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Page last updated: 10 July 2019

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