Apr 5, 2012

Tooth Fairy Fun

Squeee! My first kid lost her first baby tooth, and has her first gigantic horse sized adult tooth in her tiny mouth! So I haven't posted the two Easter/Spring type posts I meant to this week because after the kids went to sleep I was instead forging correspondence from the tooth fairy. Kiddo decided she wanted to try and scam the tooth fairy into letting her keep the tooth, but still give her money, because she said "The thing is, I just really don't want to not have my tooth anymore". In response to that letter, she found this letter that I typed up and printed out all teensy weensy...


The next night she left this letter and her teensy tooth for the tooth fairy...

So, I forged another letter from Sparkle Fangs and left it with her $1.02 (an amount suggested by one of my friend's children as a fair price for a baby tooth) If you click on the image you should be able to see it large enough to read...

The dollar bill I folded into a little basket to hold the note, the two cents and some glitter. I used this really nice and easy to follow video instruction I found on Youtube.

I'm looking forward to trying more dollar bill origami as more of the kid's baby teeth gradually fall out. This one to make a ring looks cool.

Maybe they could each have their own tooth fairy from Tooth Traders Inc assigned to them. Not sure how I'm going to top Sparkle Fangs though. Ffion will want a girly named fairy for sure. Enamelina? Flouridella?

Both the older girls (who are now six and seven) are quite excited by it all and are keen to lose more teeth so they can write to the tooth fairy again. They did almost bust me though. Carys said "I think maybe you wrote the letter mum", but then when I showed her my smallest hand writing, she was all "Wow, you can't write that tiny at all, so it couldn't be you". Mwah haha haaa! Also, the tooth fairy can only seem to write upper case letter Rs. (and can't spell the word ballast). I wonder if she finished fairy high school? Maybe she just needs a good night's sleep ;)

In other news, the littlest poppet is now nine months old and still no teeth! We were wondering if her first one would make it's appearance as soon as her biggest sister lost her first one, just like Junie B Jones and her brother Ollie had happen, but nope, she's still all gummy and yummy.

44 comments:

Raisin4Cookies said...

Gorgeous ideas! I can't help but think you got off easy having your kids in the States and those one dollar bills... folding a fiver into a basket seems a bit extravagant to me as I sit in England!!

Lindsey said...

Totally! I was thinking that as I was folding it! British coins are so much cooler than US ones though ;)

Roerend Goed said...

Hilarious! Never seen a tooth fairy in the Netherlands though..

Alli said...

That whole thing is so adorable! Adorable! It's all I can say. Adorable! :):)

Fiona said...

I love it!
Our eldest just lost her first tooth and we had such fun leaving teeny, tiny glittery notes and fairy stickers.
Our tooth fairy (Amelia) also installed her own fairy door in the basement so she can easily pop in and out (plus help to train new tooth faeries) in the coming years.

Fiona said...

Opps.
Meant to say we got our fairy door from http://www.enchanteddoorways.co.uk/ but I am pretty sure you could easily make one (we are just not that crafty!).

The Knitty Gritty Homestead said...

You amaze and inspire me! My boy has lost 4 and yes, they are like horse teeth. We also did teeny tiny notes. The going price here is a toonie (Canada's hilarious 2 dollar coin, with a picture of a loon on it...)...he's gonna be rich!
Such a fun rite of passage. Your notes cracked me up.

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful mom you are to do this for your kids!!

Lindsey said...

Those doors are fantastic Fiona! I would love to make something like that for our girls! A few in the sides of tree trunks and brick walls outside would be very cool too! I saw an urban mini door project that I loved not so long ago, here...

http://urban-fairies.com
(check out the photos on the locations page. They are beautiful)

MaryAnne said...

what a fantastic fairy solution! I love Enamelina as a girly fairy name :)

Emma got her first teeth within days of her first birthday - not expecting to see any teeth fall out before first grade here. Which gives me more time to get some creative inspiration from lovely blogs like yours - thank you!

Sylvia said...

Brilliant {again!} I've already been busted and my Spark figured out her Mum was behind everything. Too bad for her no tiny letters or origami dollars! So cute Lindsey!!

s'mee said...

All my children are all grown up and long past are the days when the tooth faery dropped by. Oh I how loved her! She too would leave notes of promise to my little ones, clean pretty teeth were of higher value then also! Back then her shoes would leave glittery foot prints along her path that would fade after a week or so, but somehow we found faery glitter for weeks!

Our daughter also wanted to keep a tooth and wrote a note hoping for a different outcome. The exchange went on for a few days and eventually a dollar was exchanged for the perfect little canine, with a note saying it would most likely be made into a beautiful diamond.

Several months later my husband surprised me with a CZ pear shaped "diamond" ring. My daughter was sure it was made from her tooth. Because of this good fortune she wanted to be a tooth faery when she grew up.

And she did.

She's a Dental Hygienist!

Bitter_Angel said...

If you are in the UK you could perhaps use rice paper money to fold into small baskets. Perhaps with a note mentioning good oral hygiene after consumption.

Amy said...

I want to live at your house!!! =)

Lindsey said...

Oooh, hello KGH! I need to see if you're on Ravelry, because some of the knitting you've been posting is gorgeous! I'll have to check out your two dollar coin. The UK has a fairly snazzy two pound coin that might have to replace the dollar origami when we go back (still nearly four times the cost though!)

Lindsey said...

S'mee, that's such a lovely story!

Julianna said...

Oh.my.word. So Ridiculously cute as to bring tears to my eyes... My eldest is 10, and I think he's lost all of his (he also got teeny-tiny fairy notes, minus the glitter-- nice touch, that), but my just-now-turned-five year old is dying to lose her first. She and I have been reading and re-reading the Charlie and Lola book, "My Wobbly Tooth Must Not Ever Never Fall Out", with a terribly awful British accent. Hilarity ensues. My daughter has "not ever never" seen the show, so she doesn't know what comes over mommy when mommy starts to read... But Mommy can not help herself. I should probably take this opportunity to apologize to the entire United Kingdom for my hideous accent butchering.

Lindsey said...

Julianna, Love love love Charlie and Lola! We got the DVDs back when the kids were little because we had no access to it in the States at that point. I do a mean Lola impersonation ;) but then I already have the accent for it, so that's kind of cheating.

cucicucicoo said...

i didn't even know that charlie and lola have british accents because i've only seen it dubbed in italian! i'll have to look for that book!

anyway, back to the main point, this whole back and forth is just so sweet! i love the idea of the note with glitter and the little basket from money. my little girl is starting to have just the tiny bit of wobbliness in her first tooth, so i will keep all of this in mind! :) lisa

dys·func·tion said...

This is great! My parents never did notes, the tooth fairy would just sneak in and out and do the exchange in silence.

I've been inspired to require a letter from her when she visits my kids!

SwishDesigns said...

Absolutely wonderfully played! You are so creative! I love it!

Heather said...

My daughter had no teeth at all at nine months either. Then she got four all at once right as she turned ten months.

Rosemary said...

Love the ideas about the tooth fairy. To see what really, really, happens to the children's teeth, check out www.tinatoothfairy.com.

Donna @ EdibleCreations said...

Fairy Union!!! :D That cracked me up!

kelly said...

We've been doing tooth fairy letters since my first born lost her first. I hand write them, and they are no bigger than one inch by two....way to make a rod for my own back.

Four children later and I'm kind of wishing I hadn't made the tooth fairy quite so complicated!

The bonus is I've kept each tooth with each letter (weird, moi?) so when they are all grown up we will have this little scrapbook of notes and teeth to look back on!

kelly said...

We've been doing tooth fairy letters since my first born lost her first. I hand write them, and they are no bigger than one inch by two....way to make a rod for my own back.

Four children later and I'm kind of wishing I hadn't made the tooth fairy quite so complicated!

The bonus is I've kept each tooth with each letter (weird, moi?) so when they are all grown up we will have this little scrapbook of notes and teeth to look back on!

Jolene said...

You have to stop! Youll make us other mums look bad! ;)
Seriosly LOOOVVVEEE it! X)

Rachy said...

That is just brilliant!! Love it!

Julie said...

Love it. Enamela Pearlywhite has now left 8(!!) similar letters for my oldest. Ours are folded and tied off with dental floss (teeny tiny bows indeed). Her sister, Flossie Pearlywhite, stopped by once when Enamela was training her. They had a new recruit (Ginger Vitus) but she didn't work out. Our son, now 5, is anxious to start corresponding with his tooth fairy.

I also love the explanations for the teeth use. Enamela said tooth fairies live behind very small waterfalls since they need the running water to do their "top secret fairy teeth works", but hasn't let us in on any details.

Alyssa said...

That's the cutest, most amazing mom caper I've ever heard of:) My little guy is still on the no-toothers side of things, but I'll have to remember this!
<3 Alyssa

Anonymous said...

What a darling gift you gave her. That is fabulous.

A word of caution regarding dollar bill origami. I too thought dollar bill origami was a fabulous idea. I went on line and learned several. I bought a book too, as I figured I would need to make 8 to 10 before he would be done believing. He lost his first 8 teeth at a fairly normal rate, just a little earlier than most. I figured we would have ample time for him to be done believing, thinking it would be 4th or 5th grade. Nope. At the beginning of 3rd grade, he had all kinds of loose teeth. He went on to lose 10 teeth, and gained 2 12-year molars by the start of 4th grade. The origami got really hard, and some were rather desperately lame.

natalie said...

I stumbled across your blog today through the disney crafts site and I had to let you know how gorgeous I thought this whole story was. You have definately gained another fan! Keep up the good work. Natalie, UK

Juliane said...

I read this post when you first uploaded it and have been thinking of a girlie tooth fairy name since. I stumbled upon the name "Queen Denteena" somewhere (though I can't remember where). Maybe that will work for Ffion. What you did is such a cute idea and I'll file it away in my memory stores for if/when I have little ones.

Anonymous said...

What about Twinkle Tusk? Or Twinkle Tooth? Love you ideas!

Anonymous said...

Last year, I replied to my 9 year old daughter's letter. She is so smart, I had to outwit her! I changed my handwriting and made lots of spelling errors on purpose. For glitter, I used my stamping supplies and used embossing ink on the edge of the paper with a few fingerprints in embossing ink. Then I used my heat gun and it was all glittery but the glitter couldn't wipe off! he he The next day, my daughter was suspicious but I told her I don't write like that, and she also remarked on the weird glitter...I told her it must be magic glitter! Well, it was all great, until she decided to bring the letter to daycare! Yikes! I was kind of scared that they would start comparing letters or handwriting! I love your clever letters! Mine weren't as cutely written. :)

Maureeng said...

My 23 year old daughter sent me a link to your blog, saying "Oh look, another crazy person like my mom, who wants kids to think the tooth fairy is real."
I would be crushed by her comment if I didn't know she's saved ALL of the notes the tooth fairy left for her and plans to do the same when she has kids. She and her older brother were visited by different tooth fairies though who never left their names, only their tooth fairy #, like Tooth Fairy #29. HE was the tough one who scolded them if they weren't brushing their teeth enough. One visit from him was enough for each kid! I never thought to leave odd amounts, I love that touch! Kate found my collection of baby teeth one day when she was digging in my jewelry chest looking to supplement her Halloween costume and she believed me when I told her they were my childhood dog's baby teeth. Her big brother wouldn't have bought that story ...

Maureeng said...

Oh and my kids were told that their teeth would either be used as building blocks for the tooth fairies homes OR be ground down into fairy dust. The sandman, the fairy who sprinkles sleep dust in your eyes to make you go to sleep, really liked to buy this kind of dust but he was very picky so the teeth had to be really clean. My father was a dentist and he thought I was nuts to go to all the trouble but my mom loved it.

Jessica said...

Thanks for the idea - I did that last night! http://savegreenbeinggreen.blogspot.com/2012/12/the-tooth-fairy-makes-visit-again.html

Anonymous said...

My son just lost his 1st tooth!!!
Thank you i totally did this and it was soooo easy. can't wait to see his reaction in the morning. He was soooo excited he just fell asleep 2 hours after his bedtime!!!

JustAnotherSmith said...

Thanks for this, saw it on pinterest and pinned it some time ago, boy, was I glad I did! My princess lost a tooth in her sleep and evidently swallowed it...much drama ensued. So we left a letter under her pillow and our tooth fairy (Enamelina, again, thanks!) left her a basket containing a tiny note encouraging her to be brave enough to let someone pull it next time.

Vanessa said...

Super cute. I needed inspiration as my little girl lost her first tooth tonight. I agree the US gets off light with a $1 note. In Australia the smallest note is $5 and to make it impossible for origami our notes are plastic (a brilliant invention except for Tooth Fairy duties!). Thanks for sharing your fun.

Anonymous said...

Cute ideas. Our tooth fairy is named Flossy! Naming her helped when the kids began comparing their fairy gifts. Some really are extravagant.

JMo said...

Thank you for helping us put the whimsy into our kids' childhood. We saw your note on pinterest, and left one for our 7 year old last night. She must have been up sometime in the middle of the night to read it, because at 4:30 am, she was back with a second tooth for the tooth fairy!

Tiffany K. said...

Our tooth fairy has been bringing origami for the last 2 years :) It's so fun, but I really should have thought about the 2 other kids that will expect origami, and that I've got to come up with 20 different things to fold a bill into! I'm going to do your basket next. Here is what I've done so far:
http://unwrappingmommy.wordpress.com/2013/03/26/i-love-my-kids-my-way-you-love-your-kids-your-way/