Art With Dental Tools
By the time a child reaches school age, he is pretty familiar with the tools of dental care; the toothbrush and floss. Here are a few ideas that use these tools.
Provide old toothbrushes to do some painting with this tool. Dip the brush into poster paint and do a "wiggle-jiggle" motion on a sheet of paper. Take the toothbrush up and down, back and forth, and circular strokes as you paint. When finished cut the paper into a tooth shape. This art project teaches the concepts of proper brushing.
Another project is to have the children dip a length of dental floss into paint and then lay it on a sheet of paper (leave the floss ends sticking out). Do this same procedure with several pieces of floss using different colors of paint. Fold the paper in half and pull out the floss. When you open the paper, a unique and colorful design will appear.
Sing a little song as you work. Tune: "Row, Row, Row Your Boat."
Brush, brush, brush your teeth,
At least two times a day.
Brushing, brushing, brushing, brushing,
Fighting tooth decay.
Second verse: Floss, floss, floss your teeth...Keeps the plaque away.