The Tooth Fairy: Origins and Creative Ideas
Most children are excited to lose their baby teeth, because they know that each fallen tooth warrants a visit from the Tooth Fairy. This concept is centuries old, and there are a number of believed origins. The tooth fairy story and its variations can help parents to come up with innovative ways to celebrate these milestones in a child’s life.
One tooth fairy story suggests that the concept originated in Europe. Parents would bury their children’s baby teeth after they fell out to prevent a witch from getting access to the tooth and putting a curse on the child. As people began to migrate to urban areas where there was less farmland, they started burying their children’s baby teeth in potted plants, and eventually instructed their little ones to put their old teeth under their pillows so that the fairy could visit them in the middle of the night and replace the baby tooth with a coin or treat. The “fairy” became a way to explain to young children what happened to their teeth. A number of parents still keep their children’s baby teeth in a box or pouch as a keepsake after the fairy has “visited” the child, much like mothers and fathers keep a lock of hair from a baby’s first haircut.
Additional stories of the tooth fairy suggests that this tiny creature comes in the middle of the night to take the child’s tooth, leaves a small gift or money (this action is performed by a parent)and takes the tooth back to her fairy castle where she uses for any purpose she deems practical. Like other mythical characters that visit children to give them treats or presents, parents often tell their children that if they don’t behave, the fairy will not come to them and leave a gift.
Creative tooth fairy ideas will help a child to better remember the milestone of losing teeth and can easily become a family tradition. For instance, adding a touch of glitter around the small toy or money that the “fairy” leaves will make the gift more exciting for children. Or, place the gift by the bed and attach a card that indicates it’s from the fairy that takes children’s baby teeth so the gift is the first thing children see when they wake up. It’s also a good idea to take a picture of the child after the tooth has been pulled and tape the picture to the little one’s bed to “make sure” that the fairy flies to the right house during the night.
Additional tooth fairy ideas include having a special dinner for the child who has just lost a tooth that includes foods that are easy to chew, like soup or mashed potatoes. A gift submitted by the fairy can be presented during this time, or a special dessert can be offered to the child, like sorbet or ice cream with glittery sprinkles. Losing baby teeth can be an exciting time in a child’s life. Making the experience especially memorable for them can result in fond memories for the entire family.None found.