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All about teeth


All about teeth

What to do with this activity?

How many teeth has your child got? Let them have a go at counting them by feeling or by looking in the mirror. At this age your child might have lost all of their "baby" teeth and had visits from the tooth fairy. When they are fully grown they will have 32 teeth. The four "wisdom" teeth at the very back won't come out until their late teens or early twenties.We have to look after our teeth by cleaning them regularly because no more teeth will grow.

If your child looks in the mirror, they will notice that teeth in different parts of the mouth have different shapes. Towards the back are the teeth that can crunch and grind food, while at the front teeth are shaped like chisels to cut food. Find out about the different kinds of teeth on this link by DK Find Out. Learn more fascinating information about teeth on this video from BBC Ideas.

  • Why am I doing this?

    Everyday activities, like shopping and taking journeys provide a great opportunity for your child to practise maths skills by recognising patterns, counting out amounts, working out the best value, weighing and understanding money or understanding timetables and estimating your time of arrival!

  • How can I do more?

    Estimating is a very useful maths skill for everyday life – helping you decide if you have enough money to pay for a number of items or enough paint to paint a room. Encourage your child to estimate, for example, how many potatoes you will need for dinner or how much money to buy the shopping.

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