Dental health and teeth have been the hot topic around here this past week. I've been wanting to introduce L to different science experiments and have her start a science journal. Although I'm really not a big fan of TV for children I'd heard a lot of good things about the show Sid the Science Kid. I recorded a couple of episodes and watched them. In my opinion they are a great way to introduce the ideas of exploring, experimenting and recording observations.
So L and I watched the "Teeth" episode where Sid asks why he always has to brush his teeth. The teacher explains how cavities are formed and about how teeth work.
Talk about the power of suggestion!!(this is why L doesn't watch TV normally). L is totally obsessed now with brushing her teeth and cavities! Thank goodness this is a positive thing!
Here are some of the activities we did.
L explored inside her mouth and all of her different teeth. We also talked about what they were called.
We tried different types of food and L noted which teeth she used for each food.
Her favorite part was recording her findings in her new science journal! Here she has drawn pictures of her different teeth and asked me to label them as she sounded the words out. We did have a debate over if teeth was spelled with an "f" or "th" at the end. The "f" won out much to my chagrin.
On the next page she drew the different foods she tried and I helped to write which teeth she used to eat them.
I have several shows recorded and we are going to watch them together and then do the experiments. Once she has the idea down we will move on to trying our own experiments as well.