Three fun ways to brush, brush, brush the teeth!

In celebration of National Children’s Dental Health Month, we spent the morning brushing teeth all around the classroom which meant we had some serious small motor strengthening going on too!

Mr. Big Mouth on the chalkboard needed lots of help keeping his teeth clean…

All day long, his teeth kept getting stains on them but fortunately, someone would stop by and clean them up with a good toothbrushing.

We tried a little toothbrush painting at the easel too! The children have been working with these paint tubes since day one of our school year so they were quite good add adding their own “toothpaste” paint to the paintbrush…

Sometimes toothpaste comes in more than one color so the children added two colors to their toothbrushes for a little bit of color mixing too…

We had some beautiful toothbrush artwork drying around the classroom…

Of course, the best practice comes with water so we set up our toothbrushing waterplay station for the day…

The children added real toothpaste to their brushes and then went to work brushing and rinsing those styrofoam teeth…

Just think of all the toothbrushing practice going on all around the classroom…

Now why is it important to brush our teeth? After all, Alligators never ever brush their teeth…

Well it turns out that food can stain the enamel on our teeth and can even give us cavities if we don’t brush…

That alligator may not care about brushing his teeth but we do!

And to help us remember to brush our teeth when we wake up the morning – we can sing our favorite Raffi song or Nancy Kopman Song!

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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. Karen February 12, 2017 at 10:18 am - Reply

    Thanks for sharing your chalkboard idea. Will you please tell me how the students clean the teeth without erasing Mr. Big Mouth? Thank you. 🙂

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. February 12, 2017 at 10:23 am - Reply

      Hi Karen,
      Mr. Big Mouth is drawn on the board with a chalk marker – and not regular chalk. The chalk marker will wash off with water but doesn’t rub off so easily with a dry eraser. I hope that helps!

      • Karen February 14, 2017 at 6:11 pm

        Thank you. That explains it well. 🙂 Enjoyed your videos by the way.

  2. Sakia oni February 12, 2017 at 6:16 pm - Reply

    Hi where did you buy the Styrofoam teeth from please thank you

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. February 13, 2017 at 1:53 am - Reply

      Hi Sakia! They are white styrofoam egg cartons that we cut apart.

  3. Andrea Hurley February 18, 2017 at 11:07 pm - Reply

    This is Amazing! Can I ask what you are dipping in the different cups? It looks like an hard boiled egg to me?

    Thanks for the daily inspiration to my facebook page!

    Best, Andrea

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. February 18, 2017 at 11:14 pm - Reply

      Yes – a hard boiled egg but I recommend a non-hard boiled egg in the vinegar:)

  4. Susan Sowder February 20, 2017 at 12:51 pm - Reply

    Thanks for all the great ideas! I look to your blog every week for good ideas. What were the different liquids that you were using to the dip the egg in? For how long? Thanks.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. February 20, 2017 at 7:17 pm - Reply

      Hi Susan! I used coke, tea, apple juice, orange juice, water, vinegar, hot chocolate. Stains started to show up in about an hour but we let sit over the weekend in the fridge too:)

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