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‘Tooth Time for Tots’ Storytime at the National Museum of Dentistry

dentist‘Tooth Time for Tots’ storytime at the National Museum of Dentistry
teaches toddlers how to take care of teeth and more

BALTIMORE, MD —The National Museum of Dentistry offers a monthly storytime for toddlers every first Friday throughout the year. Toddlers can explore what their smile says about them through stories, play, and hands-on activities. Each program is 30 minutes and is included with regular Museum admission ($7 for adults; $5 for seniors; $3 for kids 3-18; free for age 2 & under and active duty military and immediate family).

“Smart smiles start young,” said National Museum of Dentistry Executive Director Jonathan Landers. “This new program teachers toddlers and their families skills that they will use for a lifetime.”

March 4:  Lost Tooth – Learn how your teeth grow and what happens when your baby teeth get loose and fall out.  Explore teeth through observation, counting and models.  Make a craft and read “How Many Teeth?“

April 1:  Chairs are for Sitting – Explore the museum’s collection of dental chairs looking for color, size and texture.  Play in a dental office and sit in the chair.  See a chair made to look like a tooth!  Make a craft and read “My Dentist.”

May 6:  Your Daily Routine – Meal time, bath time, nap time, tooth-brushing time — these are things we do every day. Read the book “I Know Why I Brush My Teeth” and explore daily routines.

June 3:  Let’s Eat! – Explore the food pyramid through hands-on play, song and sorting. Read “We Eat Food That’s Fresh.”

July 1:  A Visit to the Dentist – Help kids understand what happens at the dentist office through observation, dress up, play, and watching Dudley Visits the Dentist. Read “Going to the Dentist.”

August 5:  The Tooth Fairy – Losing a tooth means a visit from the Tooth Fairy! Explore the world of the Tooth Fairy and read “What Do the Fairies Do With All Those Teeth?”

September 2:  Animal Teeth – Animals use teeth to bite and chew! Explore the wonderful world of animal teeth both big and small through hands-on play, dress up and a craft. Read “Brush Your Teeth Please.”

October 7:  Written on Your Face: Emotions – Happy, sad, glad and mad. Our mouth can tell others what mood we are in. Children explore moods and see how to read facial expressions through objects, play and a craft.  Read “A Good Day” and discover how bad days can turn into good days!

November 4:  People in My Community – Who do you see in your community?  Teachers, police, postal workers and dentists are some of the people you find in a town. Dress up, play and explore. What do you want to be when you grow up? Read “What Does a Dentist Do?”

December 2: Lost Tooth – Learn how your teeth grow and what happens when your baby teeth get loose and fall out.  Explore teeth through observation, counting and models.  Make a craft and read “How Many Teeth?“

All activities support the Maryland Model for School Readiness.

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF DENTISTRY
See amazing teeth feats, marvel at George Washington’s choppers, sing along to vintage toothpaste commercials, and discover fascinating hands-on exhibits about the power of a healthy smile. Enjoy field trips, home school days, special events, and more. An Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, this one-of-a-kind museum is located at 31 S. Greene Street, a short walk from the Inner Harbor. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors & full-time students with ID; $3 for ages 3-18; and free for children 2 & under, members, and active duty military & immediate family. Open Wednesday–Saturday 10 a.m.–4 p.m. and Sunday 1–4 p.m. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays, and major holidays. Call 410/706-0600 or visit www.smile-experience.org.

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