Having a Dental Health Theme allows children to learn more about taking care of themselves, and it also helps alleviate some Children's fears around trips to the Dentist.
Be sure to check with your local Dentist, sometimes they can arrange for you to visit with your group, or give you free resources and "Goody Bags" for the children in your care.
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Paint with a Toothbrush activity from Scrumdilly-do
Fingerpaint Tooth Painting- Daycare Spaces and Ideas Community Member Monica V. of Monica's Monsters had her kids paint the yellowed Teeth white using finger paints. She also suggested having the older children use a paintbrush for this activity.
Tic-Tac Teeth: For this project the kids at Monica's Monsters pressed tic-tacs into toothpaste (You could add a few drops of red food coloring or liquid water color to change the color of the paste). She noted this project takes a few days to dry. After it was dry, she used it as a model to show good flossing, and brushing techniques. (*Note she originally used Denture Cream in this photo, but it didn't harden)
Spongepaint Teeth Art Activity featured on Juxtapost
Smile Craft from Totally Tots
Healthy Teeth Collage from Family Theme Days
This week the Dramatic Play space can become a dentist office.
Add a waiting area for your patients: Set it up with chairs and magazines.
Use a Highchair for the Dolls/Stuffed Animals to get their "Teeth Examined"
Consider adding the following items to your play space: Dental Tools, Toothbrushes, Pretend Play Medical Tools, Charts, Xrays, small flashlights.
You can find quite a few of these items at the Dollar Store.
This Dramatic Play Dentist Space belongs to Pre-K and K Sharing.
Purchase a Dentist Small World Play Set to add to your Construction Space this week. Provide plenty of "Community Buildings" for your kids to explore this week. You can include the Dentist, a Hospital, Post Office, Stores and more.
Items to Enhance your Dental Week Theme
Your can find the Dental Health Activity Pack, and Dentist Dramatic Play pack in the member download area. Not a member? Join today for access to all of my Printables!
Practice Brushing Teeth this week. Provide toothbrushes, water, Toothpaste, and Fake Teeth (*Shopping tip: You can usually find them in the Toy aisle at the Dollar Tree).
You can also use the bottom of Foam Egg Containers, White Ice Cube Trays flipped over, or the Bottoms of Soda Bottles (that you paint white) to re-create the look of large teeth.
Daycare Spaces and Ideas Community Member Monica V. from Monica's Monster's found some great Free resources to compliment her Dental Health Theme. She downloaded the "Make Brushing Amazing" Printables offered by Crest and Oral-B
Another Daycare Spaces and Ideas Community Member Renee Smith from Small Steps-Big Leaps Family Child Care incorporated some "Happy Tooth, Sad Tooth" activities into her Dental Health Theme Week.
Teeth Counting Activity by Land Once Upon a Time
Toothpaste Slime (What a fun addition to the sensory table) from Still Playing School
Cavity Experiment from Fun Fabulous First
Teeth Flossing Activity from The Nature of Grace
Race to lose a tooth counting game from Toddler Approved
Teeth Snack from Getting Messy with Ms. Jessi
Happy Tooth Sad Tooth Sorting Activity from Mama Bee From the Hive
Tooth Fairy Letter Sorting from Childcareland
Teeth Flossing and other ideas for Dental Health week from Sense of Wonder Play School
Dental Health Sensory Bin from Still Playing School
Free Dentist Chart for your Dramatic Play Area this week from Making Learning Fun
Good and Bad Foods Free Printable from the Classroom Creative
Tooth Counting Printable Game from Bitsy Creative
Free Dental Health Words Chart from Mrs. Russell's Room
Dental Health mini book from Teaching's a Hoot-Michelle Johnson TPT Store
Dentist Printable Pack from Royal Baloo
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Dental Health Activity Pack-Digital Download
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This Dental Health activity pack is 50-page and Includes the following 16-activities:
Floss Shape Match & Clip Cards
Teeth Counting Mats 1-10
Teeth Counting Mats 1-10 with counters
Is that a shape stuck in your teeth? Shape Matching Game
Counting Teeth Clip Cards
Toothbrush and Teeth Color Matching
Uppercase & Lowercase Teeth Letter Matching
Dental Health Pre-Writing & Cutting Practice
I Spy Flip and Find
Roll a Smile
Teeth Brushing Game
Help the tooth fairy collect teeth-A counting game
Toothbrush Size Sorting
Happy Teeth/Sad Teeth Sorting
Dental Health Bingo Mats
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Here are some ideas to help you plan your Post Office/Mail week. I always used this Theme in my Daycare for the 1st week in February, since it can easily transition into Valentines.
Please be sure to share your Post Office Ideas in the comments!
It's helpful to put a shout out to your Daycare families prior to starting your "Post Office" week. Ask them to save "junk mail", envelopes, small boxes, mailers, Magazines (anything the kids can deliver).
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