TOOTHBRUSH MONSTER

PLAYING & SOCIAL LEARNING, EXPERIENCES WITH THE ENVIRONMENT

Age range: from 5 years - Working time per figure, approximately 20 minutes.

INTRODUCTION

The early years in childhood are the best time to teach children the importance of dental care and to develop a positive attitude to it. By child-oriented stories, tooth brushing exercises, family mealtimes - from tooth-friendly food products and by making toothbrush monsters, children learn more about their teeth and the proper way to take care of them. The toothbrush should be changed every eight to twelve weeks and after being put the dishwasher, made into a toothbrush monster. Reading the matching picture books also teaches towards the goal: to train a habit, in a relaxed and playful way, of enjoying teeth cleaning.

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Pedagogic aims

  • Education for dental hygiene, healthy teeth and their care.
  • Recycling of consumption goods: not to throw them away, but to give them a new function and continue to use them.
  • Using textile material. Cutting felt, wrapping wool.
  • Developing fine motor skills with cutting and glueing.
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Material and resources

  • Disused toothbrushes (washed in the dishwasher)
  • Felt and leftover cotton
  • Chenille wire
  • Wooden beads
  • Googley eyes
  • Playing card box, approx. 100 x 65 mm, as a template
  • Fork
  • Scissors
  • Chalk
  • UHU Crafts Glue

UHU Crafts Glue

  • Solvent-free
  • Dries transparant
  • Soft bottle - ideal for children
  • With a build-in spatula
  • Washes out at 30°C

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Preparations

  • Cut 80 cm long wool thread
  • Cut chenille wire into 15 cm long pieces

Toothbrush
Toothbrush
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Step-by-step plan

Toothbrush Monster

Step 1

Make a fork pom-pom for the hair: Place a wool thread about 80 cm long between the centre prongs of the fork.

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Step 2

Allow one end of the thread to lie, wrap the other around the fork.

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Step 3

Lie the thread around the wound wool and tie lightly to the other thread end.

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Step 4

Pull the wool carefully from the fork and pull the knot tighter. Tie the thread ends on the reverse side as well.

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Step 5

Cut the wool sling around and trim to a length.

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Step 6

Stick the fork pom-pom to the brush head with UHU Crafts Glue on googley eyes.

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Step 7

Place a box of playing cards on the felt, draw around the edges with chalk and cut out the rectangle.

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Step 8

Cover the edge of a short side of the felt piece with Alleskleber and stick it to the tube-shaped stick.

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Step 9

Pull the felt tubes over the brush shaft. String together at the top and bottom with chenille wire. Twist the wire ends closely together.

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Step 10

Apply a drop of adhesive to each wire end and attach a wooden bead.

Elisabeth Engbert

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Tips

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©2016 UHU GmbH & Co. KG, Bühl (Baden) and Elke Fox. Photo with children: Sergey Novikov - Fotolia.com; Photo toothbrush glass: djama - Fotolia.com. Photo Dental Care: Matthias Buehner - Fotolia.com; Photo with child: Elisabeth Engbert. Editorial staff, illustration, other photos, unless otherwise stated: Elke Fox.