Toothbrush water play in preschool

Promote self-help skills in your classroom with this fun tooth brushing activity!

This week, we are exploring how to take care of our teeth. The children were easily able to tell me that one way to take care of our teeth is to brush our teeth everyday. To get in a little tooth brushing practice, we had fun with tooth brush water play…

Preparing the Materials

I set out toothpaste, toothbrushes, water, cups, and some big teeth!  Well the teeth were simply a few egg cartons cut into sets of three but they looked pretty “teeth-like!”…

Discussing Dental Hygiene

Before heading off to play with the toothbrushes and water, we talked about all the materials we would use today. Each child was given a tiny taste of the toothpaste on their fingertip. Not every child wanted a taste but we had some really sweet smelling breath from all those who did…

We talked about how the toothpaste and toothbrushes should only be used on our pretend teeth today so we don’t spread any germs…

We also talked about how to only add a little squeeze of toothpaste to the toothbrush and to put the lid back on the toothpaste when we are done. The children understood and did a wonderful job…

Exploring the Tooth Brushing Station

All of my students enjoyed the tooth brushing station and some of my students stayed at the tooth brushing station for a very long time…

Some of the children had been there so long that I asked them if they would like me to add some “juice” to their teeth for cleaning.  This actually wasn’t necessary to make this a fun process but just to change it up a bit, I put a touch of purple paint on the teeth for those who wanted to brush off the “juice”…

Why we Love Toothbrush Water Play

Such a simple activity that gives wonderful opportunities to talk about teeth cleaning, brushing, rinsing, plaque, and the list goes on. Super fun too!

By the way, my students didn’t even consider trying to eat the toothpaste but it is a good idea to keep an eye on young children and don’t let them eat the toothpaste!

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By |2018-12-31T19:45:38+00:00February 28th, 2012|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Kymberli February 28, 2012 at 5:43 pm - Reply

    I love this idea! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Leeanne A February 28, 2012 at 7:40 pm - Reply

    Great way to teach toothbrushing! I need to collect my egg cartons now!

  3. Little Wonders' Days February 29, 2012 at 9:10 am - Reply

    What a fun and nonthreatening way to teach and practice brushing teeth!

  4. Angela February 29, 2012 at 3:34 pm - Reply

    Great idea! I am going to try this. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Kimira February 29, 2012 at 8:31 pm - Reply

    Doing this today. Good use of the egg cartons

  6. Cathy@pre-schoolplay March 1, 2012 at 4:43 am - Reply

    Love this, what a brilliant idea! Adding egg cartons to my collection list:-)

  7. Helen March 1, 2012 at 11:38 pm - Reply

    What great timing – my girls went to the dentist last week and are REALLY into brushing their teeth.

    I love the egg carton idea.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 3, 2012 at 9:33 pm - Reply

      It is super simple and cheap:)

  8. tricia March 2, 2012 at 3:16 am - Reply

    Deborah- THAT IS SUCH A SMART IDEA!!!! I only have egg boxes that are gray and made of cardboard. Those would make some ugly teeth. 🙂

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 3, 2012 at 9:33 pm - Reply

      Haha – yes, they would be quite ugly!

  9. Jess March 3, 2012 at 11:55 am - Reply

    Love this! Great idea!!

  10. Rebekah @ The Golden Gleam March 3, 2012 at 4:35 pm - Reply

    What a great, hands on oral hygiene lesson!! I had never thought to let my daughter play with a tube of toothpaste, and I love the idea. She needs practice squeezing the toothpaste so this would be good fine motor practice too. I am going to find some super cheap toothpaste now. =) I am sharing this on my Facebook Page.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 3, 2012 at 9:35 pm - Reply

      Yes – great practice for daily living skills and fine motor development. Isn’t it cool how something so simple can be such a great learning tool?

  11. crystal@growingajeweledrose March 4, 2012 at 9:59 am - Reply

    This is such a great idea. I am definitely going ot do this with my little ones sometime in the future to help them learn about oral hygiene. It also just looks like fun!

  12. Tim Curry February 11, 2017 at 2:31 pm - Reply

    What a fun way to make learning about teeth and taking care of them. This is something that will last a lifetime and hopefully encourage overall oral health

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