Dental Hygiene Arts & Crafts Ideas
Let the children fingerpaint with toothpaste.
Good Food Collage
Have the children make a "good food" for their
collage out of pictures from magazines.
Dental Floss String Painting
Cut out a tooth shape from a piece of paper and
string paint with dental floss.
(Photo submitted by Shell)
Precut tooth pattern from yellow construction
paper. Mix a dab of toothpaste
or mint extract to some white paint. Let the children paint the
cutout with the
toothpaste/paint mixture using a toothbrush.
(I attached two tongue depressor
the pic above - on the top two teeth on right.)
Tongue Depressor Toothbrushes
Tape a small white rectangle to the right top
side of a tongue depressor.
Encourage the children to cut little slits onto the rectangle to create
Then allow the children to decorate the handle (tongue depressor)
anyway they choose.
a toothbrush shape for the children. Paint the handle with a
toothbrush and use yarn for the bristles.
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Have the children design their own toothbrush
cut from construction paper.
Have various art
materials for them
Soda Bottle Tooth
Cut the bottoms off of 16oz. clear soda bottles. Give the children
and toothpaste and let them brush their "tooth". Mix white
tempera paint with
corn syrup. Give the children toothbrushes to
dip into the mixture and brush their
tooth with. The mixture will
dry to a glossy finish and resemble a healthy tooth.
Tongue Depressor Toothbrush
Have the children create toothbrushes by gluing
a cutout of a rectangle to the top par
t of a tongue depressor. (See pic) Once the rectangle
is in place, show them how to
cut slits on the side of the rectangle to create the "brush"
Encourage the children to
decorate their toothbrush by coloring the tongue depressor with crayons or
When talking about teeth, try this idea. Cut out
a large tooth shape from yellow construction paper for
each child. Have the children pretend they are brushing this dirty yellow
tooth by painting with white paint
on toothbrushes--brush the tooth! Add a little bit of toothpaste to the
paint to make a toothpaste smell.
Fold a 9x12 piece of white construction
paper in half. Draw
and have children cut up the lines and make bristles for the
(Photos submitted by Shell)
Let the children cut out teeth from magazines and glue onto paper
to create a collage.
Make a brush handle out of colored construction paper. Put child's
name on back
the handle. Brush glue onto the handle. Give the children a variety of
to decorate their toothbrush handle with (like glitter, foam
Make a toothbrush holder out of flour, salt &water. Make into a
and coil into an upright shape. Put in the sun for a day or
so to dry.
You can paint when dry or add food coloring to the
dough before you coil.
Paper Plate Mouth
Fold a small paper plate in half. This will be a mouth the kids
can open and
their hand like a puppet. Using mirrors, have the
inspect their teeth and glue in
mini-marshmallows where they have
Glue on a red tongue to the lower half.
These are especially sweet
someone has lost a tooth and leaves an empty space.
Mouth Full of Teeth
Make red playdough and assist the children in making gum shapes.
Then let the children add white beans to look like a mouth full of teeth.
Keeping Track of Teeth
Hot glue a plastic bead onto the lid of a 35 mm film canister. Put
a cotton ball inside.
Run string/ yarn through the bead and tie to make a
necklace. Put a dental related
sticker on the outside of the film canister. The child now has a place to hold his/her
tooth when he or shoe
Negative Image Painting
We cut out a molar template
from poster board and let the children do a negative
image painting onto a white piece of paper with a toothbrush. They placed
template on the paper and filled the white paper with paint, then took the
Have the children cut out two strips of paper
that when connected will fit around their head.
Connect the strips with glue or tape, (staples will catch the
child's hair). Supply each child
with a circle shaped piece of tagboard and a piece of tin foil. Have the
child wrap the tin foil
around the tagboard. Staple the tagboard to the headband. On mine, I wrote
"Dr. Mollie" and
"Dentist Thomas" or whatever they wanted to be.
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I do not claim any of these as my own ideas.
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Thanks for sharing all your great ideas!