D is for Dentist
Lucy use to be so scared of the dentist and now she gets excited when I let her know when an appointment is about to happen. Free toothbrush, toothpaste, and a toy from the treasure chest - score! Since we had an appointment this week I figured it was a perfect time to learn more about dental hygiene.
Cleaning Teeth - I simply googled a picture of a mouth with teeth and put it in one of my dry erase pockets (you can also laminate) wrote random letters and would ask her to brush the letter... and she would brush it off accordingly. She really enjoyed this activity and she even switched roles, wrote the letters and would ask me to erase letters. It was a lot of fun and great letter writing and recognition practice.
Glitter Glue Letters - Super simple, I wrote out letters (letter of the week along with letters she needs improvement writing) and she traces them over with glitter glue.
Finding and Writing sight words - Every week she has a new sight word and this activity is both of our favorites. I write the sight word in a few sentences on the dry erase board and she finds and circles the letter. She also helps try to read along the sentences (the words she knows). She writes the sight word on the dry erase independently after finding and circling the all the sight words.
Clock Intro - So this might look intimidating to a child but we filled this in together and she loved it! She has been asking about telling time and begging for her own digital clock in her room. She now has one and likes to share the hour she wakes up in when she wakes up. We didn't do too much past this basic introduction. We mainly talked all week about morning, afternoon, and evening.
Brushing Numbers - We did exactly the same as cleaning letters except this time with numbers. See Above for full directions.
Number Sticks - I wrote out string of number sequences and omitted random numbers. On clothespins I wrote the missing number. I made a bunch and had her assemble them correctly.
Arts and Crafts
Tooth Fairy Craft - I cut out arms, legs, dress, and hair for her to glue together, draw a face and decorate her. She had so much fun. You can do a lot with the tooth fairy - from money to creative play you could do a whole week of ideas. (I almost did!)
Good vs Bad Teeth - We had a discussion on what is healthy for teeth and what's not healthy. As we went over this she would illustrate them on the two teeth I have drawn out.
Dramatic Play Dentist - I found this dentist kit AT THE DOLLAR STORE! She had so much fun with this! We talked about tools the dentist might use to clean our teeth and gave check ups to all the stuffed animals she could find.