One of the things I love about parenting is getting to watch the belief and joy of childhood magic. Letters that arrive from the North Pole, hidden Easter eggs, a Halloween ghoul that visits our home to decorate each year – I love that simple stories and traditions turn holidays into something extra-ordinary for children.
I never turn down the chance to entice the kids with the possibility of magic – and the Tooth Fairy is a personal favorite because she has no season. The Tooth Fairy can make her grand appearance at any time, all you need is an extra wiggly tooth. In our house the first lost tooth nets your some cold, hard cash along with a “fancy” electric toothbrush, floss and kid’s mouthwash – a sort of dental right of passage if you will.
I have been known to go over the top with the Tooth Fairy, sprinkling glitter and leaving elaborate notes. As lost teeth become more frequent I decided to do a printable receipt. I love them because they’re sort of a record, especially for those first teeth, and you can tuck them away in a memory box. It’s also a great way to leave important reminders about good oral hygiene. This particular idea was inspired by my friend who took her children to see a Dentist in Chattanooga. The dentist was so skilled at putting her children at ease, and talking about the Tooth Fairy was apparently an excellent strategy for dealing with any dental anxiety. If your children are nervous about going to the dentist this might, therefore, be worth an attempt.
I print a bunch of these and keep them stashed away in my office. If you have some super secret fancy handwriting that the kids won’t recognize you can fill them out by hand (I keep a couple of glitter gel pens in the box with them for writing!). If you don’t think you can pull off fairy handwriting you can always open these images up in a photo editing program like Paint.Net and use a cursive font to add text to them before printing.
If you’re really looking to drive it home, some of my other favorite Tooth Fairy traditions are:
- Using dollar or half dollar coins instead of bills.
- Leaving coins made in a significant year (my middle son loves getting coins from his birth year and he’s started a collection now too!).
- Sprinkling glitter or confetti around the area.
- Take the opportunity to refill and floss, toothpaste or mouthwash you’re running low on as a “clean tooth” gift.
- Buy a tiny doll shoe and leave it behind. My kids were so excited to find the Tooth Fairy had lost a shoe in their room. They left letters and drawings for her when she came to retrieve it!
- For a first tooth, leave behind the tooth in a special keepsake box.
- Replace an old toothbrush with something new.
- Leave behind a special box for future teeth to be placed into (I love this because it makes it so much easier to find their teeth in the dark!).
And don’t forget to leave this report too! Click on the image below to bring up a larger version, then right click on the image and save it to your computer. Edit and print, or print it blank and fill it in afterwards!
What are your favorite Tooth Fairy traditions?