When I first read that this weeks Unplugged Project was on the theme of toothpicks I have to say, I wasn't inspired. Does anyone actually use toothpicks these days? I thought the correct form now was to carry floss in your handbag or to buy one of those hideously expensive soft plastic spiky balls from the restaurant vending machine. Once I overcame the initial toothpick *euurghhh* state we actually found quite a lot to get our teeth into *groan* with this project.
First off I had to explain to Hermione what a toothpick actually is. Brushing and flossing is fine but she hadn't contemplated the idea of 'picking' before.
We then contemplated buying a big job lot of toothpicks and replicating something like this. That thought passed quickly. Instead we decided to make something a little more modest. Hermione set to it herself while I was making lunch one day and here we have a number of woolly toothpick stars.
I never like to miss an opportunity to plug dental health, being a bit paranoid like many parents about the children's teeth, so we started an experiment.
We took one sparkling white baby tooth....
...and placed it in a glass of coke...
...with a couple of sugar lumps added upon Hermione's insistence, for good measure.
Five days on the tooth is no longer white and sparkly. It's stained, visibly smaller and rough in parts.
Hermione appeared quite repulsed by it, which I was delighted about. I hope she thinks of this when she tries to get away with giving her teeth a really quick once over on a morning. We are going to leave the tooth in the coke for another week and will report back next week. I think it may just essentially dissolve away - we'll see!
We rounded off our project with a story The Lion Who Wouldn't Brush his Teeth by Mike Peele, a happy ending to our toothy activities.