Tiny Letters From the Tooth Fairy
Under the Pillow
When I was little I loved it when I lost a tooth! For as most children know, for every tooth you put under the pillow, the tooth fairy will come and leave a little something in exchange for taking it. I was fascinated by the tooth fairy and always imagined her as a beautiful tiny creature with wings and tooth wand of course. Once when I was little I wrote the tooth fairy a letter asking for her picture. I was delighted to find a miniature letter under my pillow (along with a few quarters which I also was delighted about) in the morning. The letters were tiny and curly, exactly what you would expect a tooth fairy's handwriting to look like! She politely told me in her letter that she couldn't have pictures taken of her but I was still astonished that she had replied at all. It was a magical moment and a fond memory I keep close to me.
One whimsical way to keep the magic of the tooth fairy alive for your children is to write letters and include them with her gifts under the pillow. First imagine what you think a tooth fairy would be like. Is the fairy a boy or girl? Perhaps blue or purple? Little or Large? Does the tooth fairy have glitter or sparkle? Does he or she have a name? Maybe your tooth fairy even glows or takes on the shape of your child's favorite animal! Try to incorporate these things into the letter itself. For example, use a colored pen and just a touch of glitter to represent fairy dust. One of the best things about receiving my letter was how tiny it was! You may even consider printing the letter from the computer and using a very tiny cursive font. The smaller the better, just make sure you can read it!
There are many quick and simple ways to add a touch of magic to the special moment when a child loses a tooth. Along with incorporating a tiny note from the tooth fairy you can leave other fun "clues" that a fairy has been there. Adding just touch of glitter to a dollar bill or some coins will make them seem even more magical. Use a thin layer of adhesive and a dash of sparkly glitter. Another fun thing to do is leave tiny glitter footprints on your child's bedside table. To do this, first cut out the feet shape in a piece of paper. Lay the paper on the flat surface, and then sprinkle over the glitter. Carefully lift up the paper template to reveal fairy footsteps! Or perhaps leave a miniature fairy wand behind that can be made out of a toothpick and bead at the top. Let your imagination and playful creativity shine through.
If you would like to avoid using money or wish to incorporate a gift, consider what small items the tooth fairy may leave behind. Perhaps a pretty tinted chapstick, a plastic ring, stickers, or a packet of hot chocolate. You can choose an item that will best fit your child's age and personality. Keep tooth fairy visits easy and avoid extra trips by having a few of these items on hand. The tooth fairy tradition is one that you can have fun with and know you are creating a special memory for your child.
A Tooth Tradition
Creating a tooth fairy tradition can be joyful and engaging. Consider the following mini projects and ideas to enhance your child's experience.
1. Decorate a small box together with paints, jewels, and stickers. Designate this box just for lost teeth.
2. Leave out a special treat for the tooth fairy, such as a few chocolate chips or tiny cup of tea.
3. Assist your child in writing their own letter to the tooth fairy.
4. Save any letters and give them back to your child when they are older.
5. Draw pictures with your child of what you each think a tooth fairy might look like.
6. Make up a story about how or why the tooth fairy collects children's teeth. Alternatively, ask your child what her or she thinks happens.