My sister wrote to me recently about how she coordinated her daughter’s first visit from the Tooth Fairy. Instead of simply substituting a crumpled old dollar or two for the tooth she placed under her pillow, my sister left a note attached to a picture of my niece’s pet frogs. It reads:

Dear Jadyn,

Congratulations on losing your first tooth! I thought we could play a little game this morning. Here is a picture of something in your house. Go find it and follow the clues to find your prize. Good luck!

~The Tooth Fairy

My sister had strategically placed photos around the house that would lead her on a short treasure hunt. At the end my niece found this:

Dear Jadyn,

Congratulations, you made it to the end of your treasure hunt! Here is a little something to help you take care of the big girl teeth that are already starting to grow in. Remember, they will be yours for life, so you better take good care of them! I hope you like the design – I heard a rumor that you’re a fan of Phineas & Ferb. See you next time!

~The Tooth Fairy

 This got me thinking about other creative ways to celebrate this childhood milestone.

  • Make a super cute felt Tooth Fairy bag, using this tutorial from The Purl Bee
  • Leave some “evidence” that a fairy has been around by leaving traces of glitter along a bedroom windowsill.
  • If the first tooth falls out in the Fall, as in the case of my niece, why not celebrate by letting your child help draw a design for a Jack-o-Lantern carved to look like their own newly tooth-challenged smile.
  • Keep track of lost baby teeth by letting your child color in a “map” of their smile and noting the date each tooth was lost.

What else can you think of?

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