Has your son or daughter recently lost a tooth? We all know that the tooth fairy is expected to leave money under your child’s pillow in exchange for the lost tooth. However, instead of doing what everyone else does, why not mix it up with these fun alternative ideas for tooth fairy visits? Read on to learn three ideas for tooth fairy visits that don’t involve money.
1. Leave Tooth Receipts
To make the experience more special than just leaving some money under your child’s pillow, leave some receipts from the tooth fairy. On them, write which tooth was lost and how much it was worth. By the time your son or daughter has lost all 20 baby teeth, they should have 20 receipts as a reminder of all the progress they have made. If you want to make the receipts even more special, sprinkle on some glitter and baby powder to symbolize the tooth fairy’s trail.
2. Create a Picture Log
A picture log is a great way to create a more visual representation of the teeth your child has lost. Before your little one’s tooth falls out, take a picture of them with a big, cheesy grin. Then, take another one after they have lost the tooth. After the tooth fairy has paid a visit, photograph them with the prize they received. If you do this every time your child loses a tooth, you’ll have a whole scrapbook’s worth of precious photos.
3. Let Them Choose an Adventure
Instead of slipping money under your child’s pillow, tell them that the tooth fairy told you to let your little one choose their own adventure to go on. Let them pick the next fun family activity, whether that be a trip to the movies, the museum, the zoo, or even the beach. For a particularly large tooth, or their last baby tooth, you could maybe them choose a larger family excursion. This method is especially helpful for forgetful parents who may have not remembered to place money under their child’s pillow.
Bonus: Tooth Fairy Wall
In addition to these three fun ideas for the tooth fairy, your pediatric dentist at Castle Rock Smiles invites you and your child to come and leave a note on our tooth fairy wall. We have a wall full of thank-you notes to the tooth fairy. It can teach your child to be grateful and let them see what other kids may have received from the tooth fairy.
About the Author
Dr. Layne Benzley earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Iowa, and his pediatric dental specialty certificate from the Eastman Dental Center at the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY. He is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. To learn how your child can leave a note on the tooth fairy wall, click here to contact Dr. Benzley’s practice, Castle Rock Smiles.