Tooth Fairy Sarabelle Toothington did three shows yesterday at the Children’s Museum of Phoenix. All during March, Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation is having Sarabelle teach kids about the importance of brushing and flossing.
The 9:30am show had just a handful of kids, but Sarabelle expected to pack them in (flossing room only?) at 11:30. Her largest crowd has been about 70 and she is skilled at maintaining interest and getting the kids, and parents, to participate. She learns some of the kids’ names on their way in and incorporates their names in the presentation. That keeps the kids, and parents, paying attention to her important message about dental care. Tooth decay affects children in the United States more than any other chronic infectious disease, according to The Centers for Disease Control’s Children’s Oral Health page.
Sarabelle Toothington, aka Julie Goehring-Stephenson, taught high school theater for 30 years, so she knows a thing or thousand about how to get and keep a learner’s attention. She works her dental puppets, sings songs, give karate chops to tooth decay and seems to be having as good a time being Sarabelle as the kids do watching her be the “real” tooth fairy while they promise to brush their teeth twice a day.
Check the museum calendar for Sarabelle’s visits. She will be at there March 15-17, 22, 23, 26 and 30.
On their way out of the museum, visitors can grab toothpaste, a toothbrush and floss to take home courtesy of the foundation.