Circle Time is such a great time for children to learn the social skills of being together as a large group AND to learn more about your Dental Health Theme!
Invite a Dentist or Dental Hygienist to visit the classroom and discuss Dental Health. Have questions prepared in advance from the children including all the questions they have about teeth!
Healthy or Not Healthy for Teeth?
Turn 2 small boxes into
faces (tape on a drawn face). Cut out the mouths of each. Make one smiling and
one sad. The children place the foods into the happy face if the food is good
for you and the frowning face if it is not.
How I Brush My Teeth Fingerplay
Make up your own hand motions to go with the lines!
Snack Recipe Ideas to Cook Up for Your Dental Health Theme!
Cooking with children helps develop their math skills and helps them to learn how to follow directions. It also allows for some great conversation! Ask many questions while cooking with your children to encourage conversation! Be sure to ask specific theme questions while making these fun snacks!
Grape Yogurt Snack
Ingredients and Items Needed: fruit flavored yogurt (2 or 3 different flavors); seedless grapes; small paper cups; tablespoons; plastic knives.
Discuss with children that milk products are good for our teeth because it has something called calcium in it and that gives us strong teeth and strong bones!
The children cut up 4 grapes.
They scoop a tablespoon or 2 of each type of yogurt into their cup.
Dental Health Theme Large Group Games to Help Your Preschoolers Build Their Muscles While They Have Fun Together!
Drop the Brush Into the "Mouth"
One teacher had large mouth plastic containers (like juice containers) and had the children try to drop the toothbrushes into the container by holding the toothbrush about an inch or so over the opening!
In the library, provide a flannel board. Have dental health flannel pieces available for them to use while reading books, singing songs you have taught them during this theme or just to use while talking about their own experiences! Have flannel pieces such as toothbrushes, teeth, toothpaste, toothpaste cap, floss, healthy foods, dentist, dentist chair, etc.
Dental Health Theme Math Activities to Help Your Preschoolers Develop Their Math Skills and the Small Muscles in Their Hands!
Lace A Tooth
Materials Needed: Tooth shapes cut out of colored poster board; colored laces, hole punch
If you don't have tooth shape lacing cards, make them! Cut out a tooth shape from colored poster board. Hole punch around the edges. Provide laces with a knot in one end.
Provide other dental health items as lacing cards such as floss shapes, toothpaste, etc.
How Many Teeth?
Materials Needed: Hand mirrors, paper, crayon or marker. Let them try and count how many teeth they have!
EXTENSION: Have a paper with each child's name on it (or, encourage them to write their own names). Have number cards. Encourage them to write the number of teeth they have on top on their paper. Post on a chart of How Many Teeth in your classroom.
Count the Teeth
Materials Needed: pink playdough and small craft sticks
Have children manipulate playdough into an oval shape. Give them each 20 small craft sticks. Tell them that children have 20 teeth, called baby (or deciduous) teeth. They then count out and place 20 sticks into their playdough gums!
Adults have 32 adult teeth, including wisdom teeth! Perhaps they would like to count to 32!
Writing Activity Ideas for Your Preschool Classroom's Dental Health Theme!
Tooth tracing and Dental Health Words
Materials needed: Provide tooth shapes (made on cardboard or manila folders for durability); markers or colored pencils; scissors; dental health word cards (such as index cards with the words and pictures on them of: TOOTH, DENTIST, CAVITY, BRUSH, etc.).
The children trace and cut out their teeth. They can decorate with markers or colored pencils and write words on it as well!
Materials Needed: Tooth shapes you have cut out and laminated; low-odor dry erase markers
Provide these materials at your writing table. Encourage the children to write their names, draw, etc. They can erase their writing with a facial tissue and use over and over again!
Yup, you knew it was coming! Visit the dental office! If you can not arrange this with your group, invite a periodontics dentist or hygienist to visit your center. Offer for them to give you brochures about their office so that you can sent them home with the children (free advertising for them!).
Encourage children to brush their teeth by printing and sending home a chart.
Colgate has a cute, free chart you can print out! CLICK HERE to check it out!
EXTENSION: Send the chart home and ask that they bring it back completed in a week!
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