While an 8- or 9-year-old may be excited about money, a younger
child will probably not understand the value of money and
might be happier with a special treat. Depending on how extravagant
you want to get, the tooth fairy could leave behind a book,
a small toy, a healthy snack or even something like tickets
to the zoo. Just keep in mind that whatever you do for the
first tooth will set expectations for all the rest.
Make It a Total
There are lots of other extras you can do to add to the mystery
and magic of the tooth fairy experience. Think about getting
a special tooth pillow with a pocket for the tooth. That way,
the "tooth fairy" knows just where to find it without
searching underneath your child's head. You can buy these
or, if you're feeling crafty, make your own.
Another idea is to have the tooth fairy leave
a note for your child. Use a special pen, put some effort
into creative handwriting and then dust some glitter over
the paper to create fairy dust. You might have the tooth fairy
explain what is going to happen to the tooth and leave an
encouraging message to your child to keep brushing.
Some kids are naturally skeptical. If you
want to keep the mystery of the tooth fairy alive as long
as possible, be sure not to write in your own handwriting
when leaving a note from the fairy. You can print off a letter
with a fancy font from your computer, or write your tooth
fairy letters in very tiny (fairy-sized) block letters with
a very fine-tipped pen, so your child can see it was written
by someone much smaller than mom or dad.
A letter from the tooth fairy is a great way
to encourage your child to maintain their oral health while
extending the time of childhood fantasies as long as you can.