My ds already has the tooth fairy figured out (along with Santa) even though she has not yet paid a visit. Now he has his first TWO loose teeth. It seems not as fun to start the tradition when he doesn't even believe it once. Plus I have the notion that there might be something lovely and creative to do with the teeth if we kept them. We do have a sweet pillow with a pocket that a relative made him to put the teeth in. I'd like to use that. Any ideas, creative ones?
Tooth fairy alternatives? Tooth projects?
Check out the book Throw Your Tooth on the Roof, about tooth traditions from around the world. My ds enjoys picking a new tradition for each tooth (his idea; we'd read the book before he lost any teeth and we did the tooth fairy for the first one--then for his second tooth he remembered the book and asked if he could do a different thing.)
Thank you, Eunoia! That books looks wonderful. I love that your ds is picking a new tradition with each tooth.
While learning more about that book, I found this web site, which has even more ideas: http://www.hubbardscupboard.org/blog/2009/03/04/throw-your-tooth-on-the-roof/ (I'm sharing for others with the same question.)
I never tried to convince the girls about the Tooth Fairy (or Santa for that matter; in fact we were quite adamant about letting the girls know they are stories), but that didn't stop us from trying to capture her on video. They positively howled because the Tooth Fairy looked an awful lot like Daddy. We caught "her" taking the tooth and tucking her extra allowance under the pillow. (Of course, it doesn't have to be money that goes under the pillow.) The last Tooth Fairy visit was our ancient cat, flying through the air in a pink cape. They still break into fits of giggles even after watching the videos a dozen times. Guessing who will be the Tooth Fairy (or Birthday Fairy or the, er, "Easter Bunny" aka Mama) next has become quite the game. And they get a kick out of seeing themselves sound asleep while all the mischief goes on.
About doing something sweet and clever with the teeth? my daughter declared in no uncertain terms that *she* was keeping the teeth in her own spot, her own way. Well... I guess that's that.
I have a suspicion that-- ahem!-- Santa will be making an appearance this Christmas, looking skinny, curly-haired and awfully clean-shaven. (If more parents knew how fun this could be, they would do it instead of all their elaborate trickery.)