DIY natural toothpaste for kids

My 2 year old and I have a constant up and down relationship with toothbrushing. At the moment he has been letting me brush while I count to 10 and he watches a video, and it helps that I let him put the toothpaste on his brush himself. However, he likes to eat more toothpaste than I would feel comfortable with so I decided to make my own using natural ingredients. We had a strawberry natural toothpaste before which he liked, so I looked for the closest recipe I could find and ended up making my own version. It ended up being a big success luckily! He helped me make it and loves licking it right out of the jar. Because our house is warm I store it in the fridge so the coconut oil doesn’t melt, and he rubs his toothbrush on it (or licks it out of the container).

Ingredients:

1/2 cup coconut oil (I didn’t melt it because it was already half melted in our warm house)

2 tablespoons baking soda

2 tablespoons xylitol (I bought it from whole foods and blended it in a coffee grinder first because the crystals were too big)

10 drops of orange essential oil

a few drops of natural orange food coloring if your child likes colorful toothpaste

 

you just mix it together and then taste a bit to see if you need more xylitol for sweetness or more orange flavor

 

Montessori Activities for a 2 year old

2.libraryI’ve been reading about things to do with my 2 year old to start focusing on learning during the day since we aren’t doing preschool until he’s 4. I’ve gotten ideas from lots of Montessori blogs, but some of it is just normal toddler activities. Here are some things he’s been enjoying and others that I hope to try in the future:

  • Playing with stamps. We have letter stamps from Michaael’s and I draw something with the letter and he stamps near it
  • Matching activities. I took photos of lots of his toys so we do matching of animals, trains, blocks, etc. We have done item to picture and picture to picture since I printed doubles
  • Using tongs to put pom poms in a silicone ice mold
  • Doing wooden puzzles
  • Using beans to count on a few pictures I drew that have different numbers of circles
  • Using paper “number rods” and putting them in different spots and running to each number
  • Trying to “sew” with paper by threading it through a folder I cut slits into
  • Making and playing with play dough
  • Using scissors and tape

Things we plan to do include:

  • Throwing balls at a target
  • Making stamps out of potatoes
  • Making our own paint
  • Growing a carrot top in water
  • Making a teddy bear parachute
  • Playing a game where we run around and when I say “stop” we have to run somewhere specific