Saturday, November 9, 2013

Happy Teeth: Pre-K and Family Storytime

The week after Halloween is a great week to talk about healthy teeth! 


Clarabella's Teeth by An Vrombaut.  Clarabella Crocodile misses out on fun with her friends because she spends all day brushing her teeth - and crocodiles have a lot of teeth!

Her friends give her the perfect gift to solve the problem.  We unwrapped the gift to reveal Clarabella's new, crock-sized toothbrush.

Maisy, Charley, and the Wobbly Tooth by Lucy Cousins.  Maisy Mouse and her friends accompany Charley on this first visit to the dentist.

Pony Brushes His Teeth by Michael Dahl (electronic resource).  Pony eats a lot and always brushes his teeth - just like his dad.
Game: Animal Teeth
The last one is just for fun  =)

"Stick the the Glue" by Jim Gill (listen here)
"Hands are for Clapping" by Jim Gill (listen here)
"Brush Your Teeth" by Raffi (listen here)

The live version of "Brush Your Teeth" is really fun to sing along to! (watch here)

Letter of the Day: Tt for teeth, toothbrush, and toothpaste

Flannel:  Zoe Zebra eats a sandwich in Clarabella's Teeth.  I used the Melissa and Doug sandwich set to build her sandwich using written words.

A co-worker shared this cute craft idea. 
After the kids brushed their tooth (laminated paper colored with yellow dry erase marker), they brought it up to show me and got a high-five sticker for having such healthy teeth. The yellow does NOT come off completely and the lesson is: even when we are great brushers, we still need to visit the dentist regularly.

The kids went gaga for this activity, but there was definitely some trial and error with it.  Some things to consider:

1. I started with fluffy chenille pipe cleaners glued onto craft sticks for "bristles" but the wire ended up scratching the laminate.

2. I ended up using felt "bristles" and colorful pom pom "dabs of toothpaste" which worked really well!

3. I waned to reuse the "toothbrushes" but once they had yellow marker on them, it seemed really gross to hand them out again.

4. Lesson:  Count on this craft being disposable after one use.  So... it probably doesn't matter what you use for "bristles"

Family Storytime Pictures:
Thursdays at 6pm (Books and activities for children ages 2 to 7, but all family members are welcomed)
Miss Erica dressed as a super fun dentist
 Brushing teeth


  1. I love your popsicle toothbrushes!! Super Cute!

  2. I'm trying to get my kids more into brushing their teeth. Maybe I should make some cute things like these for them! I think it could be fun if they had toys and fun things to look at.

  3. That’s amazing! I can see how those children are having fun with what they do. It would also help if the children loves their dentist, so that it wouldn't be harder for them to go to their check-ups regularly. I really enjoyed reading your post and looking at the photos you shared. Thanks for sharing, Tara! All the best!

    Navid Hadian @ Brookside Dental Care

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