Parenting involving many, many milestones — for you and your little ones (obviously, right?). Some pertain to your child’s development, naturally making them feel more serious. But others, well, they’re just plain fun. Perhaps the best example? When your child loses their first tooth. It’s a big deal for everyone! Your baby is growing up… and out of their baby teeth. It also signals a moment you have to decide as a mama which way you want to roll with the whole tooth fairy thing. And if you choose to participate in this time-honored tradition, you’re going to need tooth fairy ideas. In which case, don’t worry; we’ve got you covered.
Yes, yes, we understand that the tooth fairy charade involves stretching the truth a little. It falls under the umbrella of little white lies we tell our children to make them happy, right beside Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny. Parenting experts want to lecture you on breastfeeding, sleep training, discipline, and all sorts of child-rearing topics. Yet, you don’t hear much on the tooth-fairy front. Here’s the thing, though: Experts don’t think it’s damaging to our kids’ psyches. Rosemarie Truglio — a childhood development specialist — told NPR that it’s a vital way for parents to bond with their children. She also says it’s healthy to engage in the world of imagination and make-believe with our little ones.
So, with that said, here are a few whimsically wonderful tooth fairy ideas to help you create magic for your kiddos. And if you need some solid ideas when it comes time to give your special visitor a magical moniker, check out our page on fairy names.
1. Tooth Fairy Ideas: A Total Tooth Fairy Set
2. Tooth Fairy Letter
You could always kick it old school and go with the classic tooth fairy letter — by far the easiest last-minute tooth fairy idea to pull off since all you need is paper and a pen. Well, those supplies and some creative writing skills. These days, you can purchase customizable digital files that allow you to print a personalized letter for your little one. We’re partial to the teeny-tiny versions!
3. Tooth Fairy Pillow
Another tricky factor of the whole tooth fairy equation is figuring out where to put the tooth. Do you leave it under the pillow in a plastic baggy? If your kid is a restless sleeper, it could fall beneath the bed. And you digging under your kid’s bed in the middle of the night will be tough to explain when you inevitably wake them.
If you’re the type of super-crafty mom that makes the rest of us look bad, you could make your own tooth fairy pillow. Myriad DIY templates are floating around the internet. Or you could order a darling premade tooth fairy pillow from Amazon or Etsy. We recommend reaching out to crafty mamas in your area to see if they can create one for you.
4. Tooth Fairy Box
Maybe you want to forego the pillow option altogether. A tooth fairy box could be right up your alley. You don’t even have to be super-crafty to create one of these yourself. Just find a cute box — whether you buy it at Target or find it at your local thrift shop — and decorate the outside. You can even try to find a cute tooth-fairy-themed fabric and line the inside.
Not interested in testing your decoupage or painting skills? Don’t fret; you can purchase various styles with different levels of personalization online.
5. Tooth Fairy Receipt
Mamas, be grateful we’re raising our kids in the digital age! Yes, you can definitely create a tooth fairy receipt yourself using your computer and printer. But you could also purchase a printable option from Etsy, Creative Market, or a graphic designer mama in your neighborhood. Easy peasy! And your little one’s eyes will light up over this keepsake.
6. Tooth Fairy Coins
Yep, we also live in a world where some very clever individuals have created actual coins “from the tooth fairy.” Hashtag blessed, y’all. If you’re not keen on shelling out real-life dollar bills for your kid’s discarded tooth, this is a sweet option. Or you could have the tooth fairy leave a coin that can be traded to Mom or Dad for cash and/or prizes.
7. Tooth Fairy Door
Tooth fairy doors couldn’t be any cuter if they tried! Is it weird we kind of want one for ourselves? As is the trend with tooth fairy ideas, you could technically create this yourself. You can buy the supplies online, and then it just takes a bit of late-night creativity behind closed doors (can’t let the kiddos see!). If you start with such an impressive feat, though, the, ahem, tooth fairy‘s performance is bound to go downhill from there.
As luck would have it, there’s always the safety net of premade creations, too — look on Amazon, Etsy, your local mom swap, and other craft-selling sites. Instagram is a great place to find artisan-made items like tooth fairy doors, too.
Tooth Fairy Movies
Every kid has their thing, and for some children, the tooth fairy is their superman. If your child just can’t enough of this tooth-obsessed fairy, there are plenty of kid-friendly movies you can watch together to fill their fairy excitement.
Tooth Fairy (2010) — A rough-and-tough hockey player must be a tooth fairy for a week to compensate for a bad deed. This hilarious film features Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as the tooth fairy. So, if you’re interested in seeing The Rock in tights, now’s your chance.
Smile (2019) — A cunning seven-year-old creates a plan to capture the tooth fairy. However, it might be more than she can handle.
Tooth Fairy 2 (2012) — If you love Larry the Cable Guy, this is a great movie for you and the kids. When Larry tells a group of children that the tooth fairy isn’t real, he is sentenced to tooth fairy duty!
What do tooth fairies do with teeth?
Tooth fairies don’t keep the baby teeth they collect in a closet. They use it to build beautiful castles. The first step to designing the perfect tooth fairy world for your kiddo, is learning about what these little pixies do. Bonus tip: Do a crafty project and build a palace out of white blocks with your child. So, when the tooth fairy comes to visit, she has somewhere to stay!
What is the history of the tooth fairy?
The tooth fairy myth derives from Norse and European culture. When kids lost their baby teeth, they were buried because they believed this tradition would save kids from facing obstacles in life. It would guarantee a better future for the children. Vikings also saw kid’s teeth as a sign of good luck and would carry them with them into battle. The earliest depictions of a tooth fairy were actually a tooth deity in the form of a mouse.
Tooth Fairy Songs
The best way to get your kiddo excited about the tooth fairy is to put it in song. There are just as many tooth fairy-themed tunes as there are ones about brushing your teeth. So, if you’re looking for an easy way to explain who the tooth fairy is to your child or celebrate a recent visit, these songs are the perfect go-to.
Amy Sedaris – Tooth Fairy Song – Yo Gabba Gabba!
The tooth fairy, the tooth fairy is our friend.
She takes our teeth in the night.
When we are fast asleep, she visits
And leaves us a gift. Yeah!
Razzle dazzle! I’ve gotta get some sleep so I can get a surprise!
And when I wake up in the morning,
I will find a special gift
That she left behind for me.
I love the tooth fairy!
Goodnight everyone, I gotta get some sleep so I can get a surprise!
Tooth Fairy Children’s Song by Patty Shukla
The Tooth Fairy Song!