The Kinders have been losing teeth left and right! It’s always a BIG deal in the Kinder room when someone has a new loose tooth! Since there has been so much excitement surrounding teeth, it inspired me to transform our Kinder room into a dentist office, but not for regular patients….. for DINOSAURS!
Our Kinders were split up into three dental teams and were assigned a dinosaur patient! Once they put on their dentist uniforms, which consisted of a medical mask and a dentist smock, they got straight to work!
Our dentists had three tasks to complete:
1. Scrape the Plaque
2. Apply the Tooth Polish
3. Repair the Rotten Tooth
I offered our dentists a variety of loose parts such as tooth picks, Q-tips, cotton pads, and clay to use as their tools and provided them with cups of water and white paint!
“We're taking the plaque off!”
“Look at that plaque!”
“He’s splitting on me!”
“I’m turning the green tooth into white!”
One of our dental teams decided to offer different flavours to their patient! This conversation inspired us to add colours to our teeth polish! This trend became very popular amongst our other dental teams!
“Do you have bubble gum? Yes we do”
“Ours chose bubble gum polish. We need pink!”
“It actually looks like bubble gum because it’s white and pink!”
“We need mint tooth paste now!”
“What flavour of fluoride would you like? Strawberry”
“Mine wants blueberry!”
Our dentists were very professional as they interacted with their patients! These were some of the conversations that I overheard:
“When was the last time you brushed your teeth?”
“We forgot to tell our patient, if you don’t brush your teeth your teeth will fall out!”
“Dino is waiting patiently”
“Open up little one!”
“He has cavities so I need to write that down… ‘cavities in mouth’”
Some dentists created new assignments for their team, such as adding braces, cleaning the tongue and extract a wiggly tooth!
“He asked for braces. We're taking off the guppy stuff before”
“I’m cleaning it’s tongue!”
“He has to get a mouth guard or braces right?”
“He has a wiggly tooth! Look your tooth came out! Thank you! Congrats!”
I was so impressed with how kind and caring our dentists were to each of their patients during this process! They even made them special gifts to show how much they cared!
“Ours is a baby and it’s scared”
“He’s gonna have treats on his spine because he was such a good boy!”
“Now I need to make a heart to feel brave”
“Here you go Borus!”
This experience fostered confidence, empathy, imagination and teamwork, all while practicing our fine motor skills and new vocabulary!