Welcome back. It’s time for more Chompers, your morning and night toothbrushing show.
It’s Nature Week, and tonight we have more haikus for you!
But first, start brushing on the top of your mouth. Pick a side, and brush the inside, outside and chewing side of each tooth.
Remember, a haiku is a type of short poem that has a specific rhythm, but doesn't have to rhyme. Haiku have three lines, and each line has a certain number of beats. The first line has 5 beats, the second line has 7 beats and the last line has 5 beats again
Here’s an example of a haiku by a very famous Japanese poet named Matsuo Basho:
Underneath the eaves
A blooming large hydrangea
Overbrims its leaves
Switch to the other side of the top of your mouth, and give your tongue a brush too.
Eaves are part of a roof. And Hydrangea are big, beautiful flowers. So this poem is about a big beautiful flower blooming up against a house.
So now we’re going to read you some haiku -- and you get to guess what they’re about!
Graceful bird standing
On one leg in the river
Pink bird eats pink shrimp
What do you think this haiku is about?
>> Kids: A FLAMINGO
Switch to the bottom of your mouth, and make little circles with your brush around each tooth.
Flamingos sound like this:
Flamingos are beautiful, vibrant pink birds but they aren't born that color. Flamingos are actually born with grey feathers.
Flamingos bright pink color comes from the food that they eat. Flamingos eat a lot of shrimp and other foods that give them their bright pink color … The more they eat, the pinker they get!
Switch to the other side of the bottom of your mouth, and keep brushing
Our final haiku from one of our Chompions, Kendall! It’s about a hibiscus, which is a beautiful, colorful flower:
On the hibiscus flower
Pretty grass green leaves"
That’s it for Chompers tonight, you did a great job brushing. Until next time, make sure to 3, 2, 1 spit!