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Activities about teeth

Good Teeth for Good Food

About Me includes worksheets, sticker pages, and activities - all about the human body!

About Me includes worksheets, sticker pages, and activities – all about the human body!

Project #1 – Good Teeth

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This easy activity is an extension of Activity #3 of our Health lesson in About Me.

You will need:

  1. Large Craft Sticks
  2. Tooth Worksheet
  3. Clear Page Protector
  4. Washable Markers
  5. Sponge
  6. Glue (we used hot glue for quick drying)
  7. Scissors

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Have your child decorate both sides of a craft stick with markers. While she is doing this, cut a small rectangle out of a sponge (for the bristles). Glue the sponge onto one end of the stick. Easy!

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Print out some clip art of teeth, or use our Tooth Decay Worksheet, and place it in a page protector. Your child can draw food on the teeth and “brush” it off with her toothbrush.

Warning: Do not use water! This is not good for the colored craft sticks.

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Why We Like It: Kids love making this craft, and they love making the food particles disappear even more! This activity is a good opportunity to show children the correct way to brush, which is not only side to side, but also in little circles (see this video clip).

 

Project #2: Good Food

This simple activity explains why eating a lot of white flour products can clog you up!

Put 1/3 cup each white and wheat flour into two separate bowls. Have your child handle them – can she see and feel a difference?

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Add 3 tablespoons of water to each bowl and stir.

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When the mixtures are getting too dry, pick up the dough and form a ball of each with your hands. Which one is stickier? Which one is more likely to get stuck in your intestines?

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Why We Like It:  With this activity, children get to feel some fiber and see what happens to a starchy food product when it gets wet. Many children suffer from chronic constipation, and this  will help them understand why they should eat foods with fiber. You can find a good explanation of how wheat and white flours are processed here.

Teach your kids more about their health with our new workbook, About Me!

 

Teeth

Workbook for ages 4-6, all about the human body

About Me is a colorful and engaging science workbook for young children. Get a jump start on your child’s understanding of the human body and the world around her!

There’s a reason why your teeth have different shapes. Today’s post will explore teeth and why they look the way they do.

Project #1: Know Your Roots

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You will need white and red play dough (we used Crayola Model Magic).

Separate your white play dough into 20 small, equal pieces.

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Form teeth by pinching one end of each piece (the root of the tooth) and indenting the other side (the top of the tooth). A standard child’s mouth, before they start losing teeth, will contain:

8 molars, 8 incisors, and 4 canines.

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  • Incisors help bite pieces from food.
  • Canines help hold and tear food apart.
  • Molars help grind food.

You will need to let the teeth dry and harden (either overnight, or in the oven.)

Now you can mold 2 sets of gums out of your red play dough. Use a diagram like the following to help you insert your teeth into the correct positions:

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You will probably think that this set of teeth needs serious orthodontic attention, but your child will think it’s cool.

Why we like it: With this model, you can teach your child about the different types of teeth and what they’re for. You can see what an entire tooth looks like and learn which position each takes in your mouth. Have a mirror handy for your child to study her own teeth during the lesson.

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Project #2: Animal Teeth Shapes

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Extend your discussion about teeth shapes with this fun activity about animal teeth!

You will need white (or mostly white) paper cups and scissors.

First, cut a rectangular section, about 2 – 2 1/2″ long, out of the top of your cup.

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Then decide which type of animal teeth you want to create. Carnivores have sharp teeth for eating raw meat. Herbivores have sharp incisors for chewing up plants, and rodents have long, sharp incisors (that never stop growing!) for chopping into tough nuts and seeds.

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Lion and Tiger

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Camel and Horse

rat&squirrel

Rat and Squirrel

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Hippo and Crocodile

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Cut out your desired teeth shapes. You may need to draw a template on the inside of the cup piece to help guide your child.

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Why we like it: This project is a great accompaniment to a lesson on teeth shapes because certain animals have only one type of front teeth, depending on what they eat. Focusing on one animal at a time can really help your child learn the names of each type of tooth. He will also love acting goofy (or scary!) with his new teeth!

More activity ideas, PLUS WORKSHEETS AND STICKERS, about the human body in our first workbook, About Me.