Sunday, February 8, 2015

The Tooth, The Whole Tooth, & Nothing But The Tooth

Need some ideas that will get your kids focused on their teeth and dental health? Differentiation Station Creations has you covered!
Dental health is one of my favorite themes!  Kids love learning about and exploring teeth.  The stranger and grosser, the better.  I have a bunch of strange, but exciting dental health activities.

One of my favorite activities was creating a model of a mouth and using that model to practice flossing.  It was extremely easy to create and is sure to grab the attention of all your young learners.  We created our model out of large marshmallows, pink construction paper, and 2 red plates.
Hot glue large marshmallows to a red plate and let them go stale.  The longer you let them sit, the harder the "teeth" will get.  We let ours sit out for a week and the teeth were pretty hard.  This gives you a great base to use to practice flossing.
Place play dough between the teeth.  This will simulate plaque and/or food.  Kids can use pipe cleaners or yarn to clean between the teeth.  I found that yarn worked a lot more like floss, but the pipe cleaners made it much easier to get out the "plaque".
Don't forget to break out toothbrushes after flossing!  Kids can actually see the residue from the play dough plaque and can polish their pearly whites!
Don't forget the tongue!
Head over to my blog to see more teaching ideas to explore teeth!
http://differentiationstationcreations.blogspot.com/

4 comments:

  1. Oh my word Laura! This is adorable. I can't wait to try it with my class.
    Take care, Amy

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  2. I absolutely love the paper plate, marshmallow, and playdoh plaque model! So fun! I know my kiddos will love to "brush the plaque off" too! All of these ideas are fantastic ways to teach about the importance of dental health!

    Ashley
    One Sharp Bunch

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