This week at the library we are discussing our teeth and how to keep our beautiful smiles clean and healthy! We are talking about the right way to brush, the importance of flossing and a few other things along the way!
- Teeth Are Not for Biting by Elizabeth Verdick (At this age, the biggest thing a child will use their teeth for is to chew…on toys, on furniture, on others. This book lets us know biting other people hurts and shows us what we can do instead.)
- The Prince’s Tooth is Loose! Pictures by R.W. Alley (Even though the idea of a loose tooth is a strange concept, toddlers enjoy this repetitive story.)
- The Tooth Book by Theo. LeSieg AKA Dr. Seuss (Fun rhymes about all sorts of teeth…from human to lion, as well as those who do not have teeth.)
- At the Dentist by Mari Schuh (This non-fiction book shows children what to expect at the dentist in colorful, friendly pictures.)
- Bear’s Loose Tooth by Karma Wilson. (Again, preK kids have not lost any teeth yet, but this book is a light-hearted way of introducing the concept. Many kids have older siblings who have gone through such an event.)
This week we have two crafts.
Brush Your Teeth Sign: For my toddlers, we made signs to hang in the bathroom reminding us to brush our teeth every day. You simply cut a piece of construction paper in half for the base of the sign. Then glue to it simple clip art of teeth and a toothbrush. I did a quick Google search to find the ones I used in storytime.
Toothbrush Painting: Little known fact about toothbrushes—they can make excellent paint brushes. You start by printing out a large tooth on yellow paper. Show the kids the ugly yellowed tooth and asked them how we could make it clean and white. In our case, they all suggested we brush the tooth! So, we took our toothbrushes and dipped them in “toothpaste” aka white paint and brushed that tooth until it was nice and white! Of course, before starting I made sure the kids knew to not put these toothbrushes in their mouths. But just in case, I used a non-toxic, washable poster board paint.
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