One way to numb the pain of losing a tooth is with these Tooth Fairy Crafts and Activities for Kids! Choose any one or go crazy and do all of them!
Have you noticed that some major milestones in a child’s life corresponds to his or her teeth? Teething brings on a reign of terror on new parents, as they deal with the drooling, fussiness and crying. Then as the new teeth come in, the breastfeeding Mom undergoes a kind of pain that cannot be described in words! Fast forward a few years and now you have those very baby teeth falling out!
Many cultures have various ways of taking out those teeth and then dealing with the uprooted teeth. In many countries, there is a tradition of children placing the tooth under their pillow at night, to find it replaced with money or a gift the next morning. In some countries, like the United States, this is attributed to the tooth fairy, while it is a mouse in European countries.
You might think this is a fairly modern tradition, but it isn’t – this goes way back! In the olden days, children’s baby teeth were considered lucky and were highly prized. Norse warriors hung the teeth on a string around their necks when going to battle and Vikings are believed to have paid children for their teeth. Sounds like a good deal to me!
Today, the Tooth Fairy enjoys the same status as Santa and the Easter Bunny – which is to say that she’s quite a big deal! Child experts also say that waiting for the Tooth Fairy’s visit offers children some solace and helps overcome the fear or pain of losing a tooth.
With 28th February being Tooth Fairy Day, we think it’s the perfect time to celebrate this mythical creature, and all that she does for the bearers of newly-toothless grins – with Tooth Fairy crafts! If your little has a loose chomper that may fall off any day, help her overcome her anxiety by having fun with these terrific tooth fairy crafts and activities!
15 Terrific Tooth Fairy Crafts and Activities for Kids
Many children are terrified at the thought of their tooth falling out, and may cry even when you just touch it. You can ease this fear and get her excited about her new status as the newest guest of the Tooth Fairy by hanging this cute door hanger in her room! Go over to The Best Ideas for Kids for the detailed instructions.
Children lose their teeth in stages, starting from around 6-7 years and going on till about 12-14 years. It is believed that this is also the tenure for the Tooth Fairy’s visits, so she’s not around for very long! You can create a cute little pocket to place your little one’s tooth with this tutorial from Or So She Says.
Okay so we’re having fun with Tooth Fairy crafts, but how much money exactly does the Tooth Fairy leave behind? Good question! Apparently, there was even a poll regarding this, called the “Original Tooth Fairy Poll” which found that the average gift for a tooth in the United States was $4.70. This was the data in 2021, so make sure you’re upping the price accordingly! If you’re thinking of paying in gold, check out this fun printable from Hello Wonderful which you can pair with a gold chocolate coin.
In some countries, children don’t have the tradition of placing their tooth under their pillows; instead, they store them in a box. If that’s the tradition in your country, make your little one a cute little box to store his precious baby teeth. Little Red Window has a tutorial that upcycles a floss box that can be used to store tiny teeth or as a holder for when the Tooth Fairy visits! We can’t think of a more appropriate box to hold teeth!
Kids write letters to Santa, so why not leave a little note for the Tooth Fairy too? Handmade Charlotte has a really cute printable that includes a note from the child to the Tooth Fairy as well as a message for your child. It’s a small note, and only requires a few words – perfect for elementary school kids!
We spoke about the going price of a tooth these days, but generally the price also varies based on some other factors. If the child was exceptionally brave or if the Tooth Fairy forgot and was a day late, the price went up. Some parents also like to use the Tooth Fairy as motivation for keeping teeth clean, since cleaner teeth got a better price! Anders Ruff has a perfect printable that the Tooth Fairy can use as a report for the condition of the lost tooth and the appropriate compensation!
Now how do you prove that the Tooth Fairy was actually here last night? During Christmas, some parents leave behind muddy footprints and half eaten cookies to prove that Santa had been here (and created a bit of a mess). You can do the same for the Tooth Fairy by leaving behind some fairy dust. If you can’t stand the thought of vacuuming the next morning, try leaving behind a bottle of the dust – learn how to make it over at Make It & Love It.
We love this DIY from Homemakers Habitat that upcycles a mint tin into an adorable lost tooth box. It makes the whole transaction seem very luxe, with the box resembling a jewelry box! You can place the tooth in the box for the Tooth Fairy, who can use the same box for the money or gift.
Just how adorable are these Tooth Fairy Pillows? A Tooth Fairy Pillow is usually a little pillow with a pocket to hold the lost tooth. We love this one from Mmm Crafts because not only do they have the pocket, they can be used as a plushie to cuddle with in bed and they also have a string that you can use to hang in your kid’s room.
While the Tooth Fairy doesn’t have a specific description, she is generally considered to be small and pixie-like, with wings and a wand, much like Tinkerbell, the fairy from Peter Pan. Of course, you can imagine her to be anything, including a tooth with wings – like this coloring page from Party with Unicorns!
11. Tooth Fairy Door
Although we call this list ‘Tooth Fairy Crafts’, the fact is that the Tooth Fairy is known by different names in different countries. In Italy, she is Fatina dei denti, who can also be a mouse! In fact, France and Belgium have a mouse character who leaves money in exchange for baby teeth. Scotland combines the two to have a white fairy mouse! If you live in any of these countries and are expecting the Tooth Fairy to be a rather tiny creature, this door from Embellishing Life Everyday will be perfect for it to enter through!
If your little one is fond of the newly uprooted tooth and would like to hold on to it for a while before giving it to the Tooth Fairy, you can respect his wishes and make him a cute little pouch like this one from Make It & Love It. There are two different designs but we’re partial to the tooth-shaped one!
Every fairy must have a garden, and the Tooth Fairy is no exception! Well before she arrives, you can get the kids together to build her a little garden with whatever you have lying at home. We love this project from Delta Dental because of its open-endedness – it encourages the kids to think outside the box.
If you want a full set of communication materials between your child and the Tooth Fairy, this set from Somewhat Simple is perfect! Just download the printable pages, print them out and let your little one put in her message!
If your child has written a note to the tooth fairy and doesn’t like the idea of leaving it bare under the pillow, you can go ahead and make an envelope – Organizing Home Life has one perfectly suited for the purpose! This envelope also works the other way, in case the Tooth Fairy doesn’t want to be crass by placing naked money under the pillow!
While these Tooth Fairy crafts and activities are a good place to start, use this as an opportunity to educate your children about oral health, and how to keep those pearlies sparkling all the time. Kids often need reminders of how to brush properly, so do check how they’re doing it from time to time. Along with your guidance and the encouragement from the Tooth Fairy, they’ll be all set for a lifetime of healthy teeth!