Between all the children, there have been a number of loose, and lost teeth already this summer. To commemorate some of the latest losses, and to keep the youngest two, who haven't lost any teeth yet, from freaking out, we checked out a number of loose tooth themed books at the library.
One of our favorites has been Lauren Child's Charlie and Lola, My wobbly tooth must not ever NEVER fall out.
We are big fans of Charlie and Lola already, more from the Disney Channel Show, than the books, but both are quite enjoyable. We like the mixed media illustrations, and of course, all the fun British words, like wobbling wobbly teeth, instead of wiggling loose ones. Although it did take us a minute to figure out that Charlie meant a soccer ball, when he said, "Once, I headed a football, and my wobbly tooth just flew out of my mouth!"
The story is more about the tooth fairy, and not being afraid to pull your baby teeth, than it is the actual teeth, but for a story stretching craft, we used marshmallows to explore the different kind of teeth in our mouths (an idea we expanded from one we found at The Mother Huddle).
First, we cut, open mouth shapes, from unfolded cereal boxes.
We folded them in half, and drew on the gum lines, and tongues.
Then, we formed mini-marshmallows into incisors, canines, premolars, molars, and wisdom teeth, and glued them onto the cardboard.
We even took some time to do a little brushing practice.
But, after that, things got a little crazy, as the kids decided to use the marshmallows to fill in for their own missing teeth.
They ended up looking like strange versions of Nanny McPhee, who now that I think about it, is British too.
For more story stretching arts, and crafts, check out this week's stART (story + art) link-up at A Mommy's Adventures.
It's jolly good to be a homeschooler.