Your teeth have
to last a long time' replied his mother, 'so you need to look after
But this naughty
crocodile took no notice of his mother's wise words. Instead he flicked
his tail and swam off to do the things that naughty crocodiles like
Percy swam to
visit his friend Mr Frog. Mr Frog was a very fast swimmer and Percy
liked to race him across the river. 'Hello Mr Frog' said Percy, 'would
you like to race with me?'
'I'm sorry' began
Mr Frog, 'but I have to brush my teeth because I've just eaten some
chocolate'. 'Oh' said Percy, feeling a bit upset because he really
wanted to race.
day' said Mr Frog, 'but you know how it is, you really must take care
of your teeth'.
he would go and find his friend Judy the duck. Sometimes Judy and
Percy would chase fish together. Percy eventually found Judy brushing
her teeth. By now Percy was wondering if the whole world was brushing
its teeth. 'Hello Judy' said Percy
Judy who couldn't speak properly because her mouth was full of toothpaste.
Judy rinsed out her mouth.
smells nice and fresh, just like mine!' said Percy.
Judy looked surprised.
'You don't have fresh breath' she said. 'All the animals know that
you have the worst breath on the river.'
about this for a moment. 'No I don't' he said.
'Of course you
do' continued Judy. 'Why do you think the ospreys and the baboons
run away from you?'
Percy, the toughest, strongest and most frightening crocodile in the
'No' said Judy,
'They run away from you because they don't like your breath. After
all you are only a baby crocodile!'
Percy felt hurt
and sad. It was getting late so he decided to go home for dinner.
It was Tuesday and on Tuesdays they always had his favourite meal
mince and potatoes. When he smelt the scrummy meal his mother had
made, Percy soon forgot about what Judy had said. But when he put
his first fork full of mince in his mouth he let out a yelp. 'What's
the matter Percy?' asked his mother.
'I've got a really
sore tooth. It really hurts'.
shook her head slowly. 'I told you to brush your teeth each day but
you wouldn't listen to me. You'll have to go to the dentist tomorrow'.
That night Percy
lay awake in his bed. His tooth was really sore. He was worried because
if he wanted to grow up to be a big dangerous crocodile like his father,
then he needed to have all his teeth. In the morning Percy went to
the dentist, 'don't you ever brush your teeth?'
'No' said Percy
slowly regretting that he hadn't done what he was told.
began the dentist 'I'm going to have to take one tooth out. But if
you look after your teeth properly from now on and brush them once
a day, then you should be able to keep the rest of your teeth for
a very long time.'
Percy was a very
lucky crocodile and from that day he faithfully brushed his teeth
If you were to
visit the river Nile today and look very carefully you might find
an old crocodile with shinning teeth and lovely breath. And if you're
brave and look even closer then you'll discover that he has one tooth
The Beaver Scouts
could act out this story using finger puppets or masks for the animals.
Game - The Germ
and the Toothbrush
Beaver Scouts stand
in a circle. (They are all teeth.)
One is chosen to be a toothbrush and one is chosen
to be the germ.
The toothbrush chases the germ in and out (between
the teeth) until the germ is caught.
The game continues by giving each Beaver Scout a
turn at being either the germ or the toothbrush.