Colgate have launched an Invisible Nasties campaign to let parents know why toothbrushes should be changed every 3 months – and of course we all want to encourage our kids to brush often to keep those invisible nasties at bay.  To help promote this campaign, some crafty bloggers (including myself) were asked to come up with invisible nasties craft projects with our kids.  

My kids absolutely love Felt Creations.  I had purchased them a few sets a couple of years ago when I was holidaying in Australia and ever since I've been itching to make some new pieces to add to their ever expanding pile of felt scenes and this gave me the perfect opportunity.   When I suggested this to the kids they were over the moon.

So with their help (which involved telling me what to do and what colors to use and how many items I required … they're very pushy), we came up with these:

Tooth Family Felt Creation

(All background images – board, pond, foliage, house, sun & clouds were part of their existing sets)

Marisol insists that I make more tooth family members to include Grandma and Grandpa for the above storyboard.

Nighttime Felt Creation Board

(All background images – board, bed, girl/boy, teddy bear and nighttime window were part of their existing sets)

I was so happy with how the invisible nasties pyjama set and the vanity with sink and bathroom items turned out.  Marisol and Flynn were thrilled with their look-alike felt dolls.

And it's not an invisible nasties project without a few nasties to play with.

Monsters and Teeth Felt Creation

This particular board I hand-made.  They are really easy to do.  Once it was made I painted a brick wall on the bottom section.  Here are the directions:



Spray adhesive

Board – stiff cardboard from a packing box, ply-wood or in my case I used an off-cut from a framing mat


Felt board collage

These are the steps I used to create the new brushing teeth before bedtime scene, invisible nasties and the tooth family.

Items required:


Fabric paint – you can also use felt markers

paper and pencil – to make a stencil

To make:

Draw the images to be created on paper and cut out to use as a stencil on the felt.

Once the main image has been cut out, use a washable fabric marker or pencil to draw outlines on each item

Paint and let dry.

You can make all kinds of fabulous felt scenes for your kids and it's a great way to use up any scraps of felt you have laying around.

For information on encouraging your children to brush and for handy tips and advice, please visit  Colgate Kids.

How do you teach your kids about oral hygiene? Feel free to link back to your own blog posts in the comments below, I'd love to see them.

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Disclosure: This Invisible Nasties campaign was sponsored by Collective Bias

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Melissa - Bagain Shopper Mom August 13, 2010 - 8:45 am

How cute is that!?! Love it and I am sure your kids do too! Wow you are creative.

Tonya Staab August 13, 2010 - 10:02 am

Nat: for this particular project I bought a packet of felt from Walmart in their craft section, the color range was pretty good, compared to the basic colors you get at most of the craft stores – there were actually 2 shades of orange and a turqoise and the 2 shades of pink were really pretty. The quality though was similar to Michaels felt, but for this project when I know my kids are going to be rough with the pieces, I wasn’t at all concerned.

When I’m using felt for accessories though, I go to Beverly’s. I really want to learn felting. It’s on the bucket list.

bluecottonmemory August 13, 2010 - 6:53 am

But don’t all those nasties help build immunity? LOL – our toothbrushes get lost, so they, in a way, though not volunatarily, get changed about every 3 months.

Sarah August 13, 2010 - 8:05 am

This is sooo cool! I love it.

Natalie August 13, 2010 - 9:10 am

Awesome, Tonya! Where do you get your felt? I hate the crafting felt at Michael’s/Joann’s – it’s so cheap.

Martianne August 17, 2010 - 4:43 pm

Ultra cute. I love it!!! And, educational about hygiene, too.

katherine marie August 17, 2010 - 8:47 pm

soooo adorable!!!!! Love em!

Love and Lollipops August 18, 2010 - 1:37 am

Love them!! Think I need to make a set…my son needs quite a bit of encouragement in the “good, not-rushing” brushing teeth department!

Jenn August 23, 2010 - 7:17 am

What a beautiful felt board! ! I’m featuring you on Tot Tuesdays today! 🙂

The Activity Mom August 23, 2010 - 9:00 pm

Those are gorgeous! What a fun idea!

Ramona August 28, 2010 - 4:40 am

Interesting info! I enjoy reading these types of posts.

Okcmomto3 December 1, 2010 - 10:39 am

I love your crafts! Very cute!


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