Did you know that February is Children’s Dental Health Month? I didn’t either. I first discovered it when I was researching themes for the February Word Search packet.
It would be a great month to study teeth with my younger girls, however, we are due to have a baby in the coming week or two, and I don’t have time (or energy!) to put together a huge unit study.
I struggle with doing a unit study in a big, memorable way (they’re so fun!) and need to be more content with doing things on a smaller scale.
So for studying teeth, my girls and I are just checking out 2-3 books from the library, talking about teeth, and working on this set of teeth printables.
This packet of teeth printables is perfect for the Preschool and Kindergarten age range. There are 6 printable pages included:
→ Solve the Tooth Maze – includes maze and small space for handwriting practice
→ A Toothy Dot-to-Dot! – includes numbers 1-30
→ Tooth Do-a-Dot activity – dot all of the upper and lowercase letter T’s
→ Tooth Puzzle – cut out the pieces and put back together while brainstorming other words that start with /t/
→ 2 Writing Pages about teeth – see ideas and instructions below!
Typically, my 7 year old is not too hot on handwriting anything. She’s a voracious reader, but handwriting? She’s not a fan.
This same 7-year-old is also my little editor. If the printables I’ve created are age-appropriate for her, she happily completes all of my pages and tries to find any mistakes I’ve made.
She loves this job!
So when I asked her to proof this set of teeth printables, I didn’t even hand her the pages with writing prompts. I figured we would work on them together when we sat to read our books.
I could not have been more wrong!
She asked for the writing pages and worked on those first! These little people of mine never cease to amaze me.
“I like my chompers!” So cute!
For writing activities such as this one, I usually sit with my younger girls while we brainstorm the prompt. Sometimes I write all of our responses on the big white board. Other times, they dictate their responses and I’m the scribe.
Still at other times, I write several sentences or words related to the topic, and they copy these on their papers.
You can read more about this last method: Simple Writing Activity for Kindergarten and First Grade (with a video!)
I used to skip over writing prompts for my young children (Preschool and K), because I thought it was ridiculous for them to write things out themselves. While they could certainly articulate their responses, they didn’t have the motor development yet to write down a lengthy answer.
After lots of reading and researching (Homeschool Mom’s Continuing Education!), I discovered many different ways we could work on the art of writing in very young grades.
Books About Teeth
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These are the books I have on hold at the library or I’ve ordered from Amazon. Unlike my other book lists, I have not yet personally read these. I’ll update once I do!
Make Way for Tooth Decay by Bobbi Katz
How Many Teeth? by Paul Showers
The Tooth Book: A Guide to Healthy Teeth and Gums by Edward Miller
Note: These printables are available for personal and classroom use. Enjoy! ♥
Click the image to download Teeth Printables for Preschool and Kindergarten: