Create a tooth from a sheet of paper or make a three-dimensional tooth using clay and papier-mache. The papier-mache creates a hard protective shell around the clay. Make either type of tooth as large as you want. Do this project during National Children’s Dental Health Month in February for a class activity. Kids can color in a flat paper tooth, or you can run a brush over either tooth model to demonstrate brushing techniques.
Things You'll Need
- Card stock or construction paper
- White glue
- White paint
Simple Paper Tooth
Draw the outline of a tooth on card stock or construction paper. Draw a horizontal oval as wide as you want the tooth to be. Erase the bottom curve of the oval and draw an upside-down U between the bottom ends of the oval to make the roots.
Cut out the tooth with scissors.
Use the pencil to shade in the top of the tooth.
Roll a ball of clay in your hand and pinch the sides to make it into a rounded cube at least 4 inches high.
Roll four short strips of clay and form them into U shapes. Gently press the bottom of each U shape into each side of the cube.
Mold the clay with your fingers until the U shapes resemble the roots of a tooth and the top of the cube looks like its crown. Your clay tooth should be at least 5 inches tall and 4 inches wide.
Pour 1 cup of white glue in a bowl. Mix it with 1 cup of water.
Tear newspapers into strips that are 6 inches long and 2 inches wide. Torn edges are easier to smooth down in the papier-mache process, according to SpookyBlue.
Dip a newspaper strip into the glue mixture. Use your fingers to squeeze the excess glue off as you raise it out of the liquid.
Lay the wet strip over the clay tooth, following its contours.
Dip and wrap strips until the tooth is covered in a layer of newspaper. Let dry and repeat the process until the clay tooth is covered in three layers of papier-mache.
Paint the dry tooth model white.