Happy Tooth, Sad Tooth Collage

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If you have a dentist visit coming up, are trying to get a recalcitrant toddler to brush his or her own teeth, or just want to instill good dental habits early on, this project is adorable and useful!

It starts out with a hunt through magazines for food pictures, which Travis thought was heaps of fun. Use family-friendly magazines like Family Fun, Parents, or Family Circle and you’ll come up with lots of food pictures in no time.

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We might have gotten a little side-tracked ripping out the rest of the pages for a while…

I cut two teeth shapes from white paper and drew a smile on one and a sad frown on the other before setting both before Travis. We went through our pile of food clippings item by item, and I asked him which tooth he thought it belonged on – the happy or the sad.

Happy Tooth (2)He seemed sheepish about the quiz at first, because we don’t eat much sugar, so I’ve never really had a talk with him about things that are “sad” for your teeth. Needless to say, he thought cookies and pie were happy, and I helped him understand that the things going on the “sad” tooth were the treats to have once in a while, and the ones on the “happy” tooth were the ones we wanted to be eating every day.

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He got surprisingly into it (not to mention loved using his glue stick!).

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When we were finished, I hung the teeth up near our bathroom sink; they’ll be a great talking point when we brush from now on!

Beehive Card

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We’re not the only ones happy to be back outside – the bugs are out in force now that spring is here, too! Travis has been very fascinated by the bees this season, so we decided to welcome spring with this cute project. You can hang it at home, or send it as a lovely card to a friend!

I cut a hive shape from brown construction paper to start, and then Travis went to town with a glue stick.

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Once the paper was very gluey, we added thick yellow yarn.

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Then of course we needed bee stickers, which I happened to have from the craft store. Travis didn’t stop until his hive was full of a big bee family.

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We needed a few flower stickers as the final touch of course!

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