Usually around 5 or 6 years of age, kids have that oh-so-exciting moment when they lose their first tooth! (As with every milestone in a child’s life, the range of when this happens is very wide. Could be age 4, could be 7…)
Do you remember the stories of old about parents tying a string to the tooth, and the other end to a doorknob…and then slamming the door quickly? What a horrifying image that is, and now that I’m a parent, I have a question for the generation that did this: Why didn’t you just wait until the tooth was really ready?! We don’t touch it until it is literally hanging by a thread.
Actually, we don’t touch it at all. Our school nurse pulled 2 out of 3 for us. And one was pulled by our Dentist. So, we’ve gotten off easy so far on the tooth pulling thing. (Therein lies a tip, by the way. If your child has a very loose tooth, send them to school with a note to give teacher a heads’ up that at any moment…say, at lunch…your child may lose a tooth. The teacher may send him or her to have the Nurse look at it.)
So what does the tooth fairy leave in your house? Money, or a present? I asked my daughter which she hoped the tooth fairy would leave…and she chose a present. Instant gratification, I guess.
Here are some adorable ideas for a lost tooth:
~ Get a cute tooth pillow! You can easily make a simple one using felt, scissors and hot glue or thread. Or, check out some of the cute ones that have been collected on Pinterest.
~ Leave a personalized letter from the tooth fairy / Sample 2
~ Leave a Lost Tooth Certificate along with the gift.
~ Sprinkle a few feathers, some glitter or sparkly confetti near their pillow, on the floor, and maybe by the window sill or door. Someone special has been here!
~ When my daughter lost her first tooth, naturally we were very proud and excited for her. We gave her a small gift from Mom and Dad, in addition to the Tooth Fairy gift. It was a book, with a note to her written inside the front cover.
Dear Lydia, Congratulations on losing your first tooth! You were so brave and Mommy and Daddy are very proud of you! What a big girl you are! God has many more wonderful and special things planned for you, Lydia! Love, Mommy and Daddy November 5, 2013
Finally, I leave you with this cute video from PBS Kids. A few years ago I discovered this episode of Super Why about the Tooth Fairy. It is a super sweet tale about what she does with all of the teeth she collects. It also has a cute little rhyme about brushing your teeth. Share it with your kiddos!