Exploring teeth with Dr. Seuss

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on February 29, 2012

in Children's Books, The Tooth Book

With Dr. Seuss Birthday just around the corner, our PreK class integrated Dr. Seuss into our continuing study of teeth. “The Tooth Book” by Dr. Seuss is a delightfully simple book for young children that talks about teeth through wonderful illustrations and simple language…

You can purchase “The Tooth Book” by clicking the Amazon book link below…

After reading “The Tooth Book,” we explored tooth counting and estimation. The children were each given one strip of Styrofoam and a red construction paper shaped mouth. I just took a Styrofoam tray and cut it into long, thin strips…

The children were invited to snap the Styrofoam strips into small pieces so the pieces would look like teeth then arrange the teeth any way they want on their construction paper mouth…

After each child had completed their teeth, I asked the children to give me a guess (estimate) how many teeth they each think they have on their own mouth.  The children are getting much more confident at the estimating process…

And then the children counted the actual number of teeth. The children shouted out their numbers and were surprised to see how each child ended up with such a different number of teeth considering the strips of Styrofoam we each started with the same amount of Styrofoam. The children figured out that some of the teeth were very short and others were quite long which impacted the total number of teeth they each ended up with…

After “tooth math” we took our construction paper mouths to the art table and created our versions of “The Tooth Book.”  As a side note, “The Tooth Book” talks about how your teeth will get loose and fall out before your grow a second set.  Afterwards, the children were all stopping to wiggle a tooth during our math and art process. They were quite certain that all their teeth were loose…

Because we had already learned how to “snap” the Styrofoam strips to make our teeth, the children went right to work snapping and gluing on teeth. I had lots of strips set out so they could make as many teeth as they wanted.  The process of snapping the Styrofoam is actually good fine motor skill development and partly why I had them snap it instead of cut it…

Once the children glued on the number of teeth they desired, then we added a construction paper toothbrush. The children chose a colorful strip for the handle and fringed a white rectangle for the brush…

And then everything was glued in place!

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1 Eric - Happy Birthday Author February 29, 2012 at 9:59 pm

We just read The Tooth Book this week! My kids like The Eye Book too!
I would like to invite you to share a link to this post on my blog, Happy Birthday Author, to help us celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday!

Here is link to the linky: http://www.happybirthdayauthor.com/2012/02/happy-birthday-dr-seuss-march-2.html

2 Esther February 29, 2012 at 10:37 pm

We have not read this book! Will put a hold on it! So funny my daughter drew a teeth picture with eyes,noose and all tooth shown and wrote Mr. Teeth on top. That shows how much she got influenced by the Teeth activities at her school.

3 Vicki Blacken March 5, 2012 at 11:26 am

Deborah, We used this idea on Thursday, and our “teeth” turned out great! I’ve been wanting to introduce my 3-4 year old class to some cutting practice, so we used this activity for it. I discovered that the narrow strips of styrofoam worked perfectly for successful first cutting experiences! They offer a bit more resistance than paper and made it really fun to cut. We had “teeth” flying all over the table as they snipped away. Thanks so much for sending such creative, simple, inexpensive ideas our way!!

4 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 5, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Styrofoam is such a great quality of material to use for cutting and gluing and snapping! I just love it!

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