Fun Ideas for the Tooth Fairy

Image via Mindi Stavish
Image via Mindi Stavish

With an almost-five-year-old and a six-month-old in my home, we're constantly dealing with the aches, pains, and excitement involved with all stages of developing teeth. Over the past few weeks, the baby was miserable while his first two teeth erupted. Last week, the big kid asked me when his teeth would start falling out. He was quite upset at the thought of losing his teeth and wondered if it would hurt. I explained to him about the process of losing teeth and the tooth fairy. His eyes lit up with excitement when he discovered that losing teeth involved a special visitor and gift.  

There is a range in the timing of when a child will begin to lose his or her teeth, from as early as 4 to as late as 7 years. Since my son is within the typical age range and worried about the process, I did a few tooth fairy crafts with him to ease his mind. The tooth fairy is one of those simple childhood rites of passages that is exciting. Here are a few fun ways to create some tooth fairy magic in your household.

sleeping boy
Image via Mindi Stavish

 Waiting for the Tooth Fairy Picture

Create a photo of the tooth fairy visiting your child by taking a picture of them sleeping the night the fairy visits. Then upload the photo to a site like PicMonkey and add some star bursts. Download an image of the tooth fairy and insert it into your picture.  


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tooth fairy money
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Magical Money and Other Ideas

Instead of leaving typical quarters, you can create magical money by leaving gold dollar coins. To add to the magic, leave a small glass bottle of fairy dust (gold glitter) and sprinkle some glitter on your child's pillow. 

A friend of mine has a son who is obsessed with sharks, so the tooth fairy exchanges his teeth for shark teeth. He absolutely loves it!  



tooth fairy note
Image via Handmade Charlotte

Tooth Fairy Notes and Keepsakes

Use these adorable free printable tooth fairy notes from Handmade Charlotte. They include a small envelope to place the tooth in and a notecard from the tooth fairy.  

colorful doors
Image via Flickr/marc falardeau

Tooth Fairy Door 

When searching for fun tooth fairy ideas, I came across many different types of tutorials for creating a door that the tooth fairy comes through to enter your child's room.  You can purchase a small dollhouse door at a craft store, have your child select what color to paint it, and then put it on the wall in their room. Check out the Grosgrain tutorial to build your own tooth fairy door. If you're not the crafty type, you can even purchase a custom tooth-fairy door.

Don't miss Sara's post for more creative tooth fairy ideas.

Do you do anything special to create tooth fairy magic with your children?

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Fun Ideas for the Tooth Fairy

Mindi is a working mom with three boys ages 4, 2, and an infant (born June 2013). She spent her first 8 years of her career in Speech-Language Pathology at a Children's Hospital. She currently works with adults and children in home health. The real fun for her happens when she is at home with her boys, chasing them around and pretending to be a super hero. She blogs about life as a working mom at Simply Stavish. Her weekly feature, Words in the Sand, teaches parents how to grow their child's s ... More

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  1. Jennifer says:

    I like these ideas.

  2. Jessica says:

    I have been saving up $2 bills. They are rare, so that makes them extra special. I also plan to spray a glitter spray (fary dust) on the bill before putting it under the pillow.
    We have loose tooth #1 and as of yesterday #2 in our house right now, so I don’t know how my daughter will like this idea just yet. I’m sure she will love it, though!!

  3. Claudia says:

    The tooth fairy ideas are great!

  4. I will definitely be using that printable in the future. Thanks, Mindi!

  5. KITTYNOLAND says:

    I think of this is a great opportunity to get a child interested in other areas besides cold hard cash! It is a fun way to let them try out collecting. I think in the long run, that investing in gold/silver coins to be a great idea.Even better, collecting coins that are older or no longer in circulation. Obviously, this one could cost parents a lot more up front yet create a lifelong hobby and passion; not to mention that it could pay dividends in the future. It is a way to teach them about history, historical figures, eras in history, and the value and changes in monetary systems. The best part about it is that it is something that one can do together. It creates excitement and allows them to take pride in something that is theirs, as well as how we care for the things that one values.
    It that is way out of your league, simplify it with a gold dollar coin or simple half dollar coin.
    We have an adorable little blue pouch with a tooth on it which you can put small things in.They are also easy to make. If money/coins are not up your alley, slip in a special piece of paper that is folded nicely and only used for teeth situations that gives them a little gift or an opportunity to do something/go somewhere/spend special time with you or just get ice cream together. I think the more time that all of us can spend with each individual child alone is greatly valued especially when siblings are part of the equation. Making memories cannot be bought and is priceless. I think that our children will be fine with almost anything as long as it is consistent.

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