Our first week of Community Helpers was Health and Safety themed – firefighters, doctors, police officers, dentists, and bus drivers. The rest of the month of Community Helpers with Experience Preschool (formerly Mother Goose Time) preschool curriculum, continues with helpers In the Neighborhood, Downtown, and Creative Careers. Here are our fun preschool dental health activities.
Community Helpers Dentist Preschool Dental Health Activities
Community helpers are essential for a strong and thriving community. They are professionals who help improve a community’s overall health and well-being.Experience Preschool Teacher Guide Experience Preschoool Curriculum
We know children begin to learn about their community and these helpers by exploring their own neighborhoods and talking to dentists directly when they go to their appointments. It’s always a big deal when someone is going or the doctor or dentist!
I Spy Letter D
One of our three letters this month is letter Dd which is perfect for our dentist topic. Toothbrushes were included for painting letter Dd and the objects that start with letter Dd but I don’t have pictures of that in action.
D is for Dentist
We painted letter D is for Dentist with Kwik Stix Tempera Paint. A letter Dd page connects literacy with our preschool dental health activities.
This activity, we call brushing letters, was such fun. I wrote each child’s name on single-row ice cube trays with dry-erase markers.
The kids brushed the “cavities” off the “teeth”. They did this over and over and practiced writing their own letters. The preschool curriculum suggested using shaving cream for toothpaste which would be fun too!
Single row trays aren’t always easy to find but keep your eyes open – I’ve found them at thrift stores.
Writing, fine motor, dental health — all sorts of fun!
Brushing letters was a big hit.
The pulling teeth STEAM Station was the most fun! This is a quick set up and a fun sensory and fine motor activity.
All you need is some red playdough and white beads, stones and some tweezers. We used some little rocks from our fairy garden supplies.
They strangely a lot like teeth once they are pulled out and put in the cup!
We used strings of floss to pretend to floss our “big teeth”. I also gave everyone a flosser to try cleaning out in between their teeth.
Don’t forget to brush and floss!
More Community Helpers
- What’s in the Box? Community Helpers
- Community Helpers Firefighters
- Waiter, Waiter! Preschool Restaurant Dramatic Play
- Preschool Community Helpers Construction Worker