Whimsical and bursting with toothy magic, the Tooth Fairy is a beloved childhood character. Not only does she ‘tick’ all the mysterious boxes: legendary, mythical and born out of folklore, the Tooth Fairy rarely fails to deliver!
Like all good stories, the Tooth Fairy is the perfect tale to pass on to your little ones. Then, you too get to experience the joy and wonder as your child finds a small treasure under their pillow.
Looking for inspiration? Here are some of our fun ideas to get the whole family involved:
Where did the Tooth Fairy story come from?
Ok, before we get started, you need to know where the legend of the Tooth Fairy came from. Trust us; it will help you to re-tell the captivating story!
Unlike Santa Clause and the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy is far more mysterious in origin. Interestingly, she’s a relatively recent phenomenon in comparison. Back in the 1990s, folklorists Rosemary Wells and Tad Tuleja uncovered some surprising facts:
- British tradition speaks of ‘fairy coins’ - these were given to servant girls as they slept, but had nothing to do with teeth!
- Irish folklore speaks of fairy ‘changelings’ - as children slept, teeth were placed nearby to ward off evil spirits!
- Venetians speak of a Santa Claus character called ‘Befana’ - this one is closest to the Tooth Fairy we know and love. He left presents or coins for children who had lost a tooth.
- 19th Century France - a tradition emerged were the Virgin Mary exchanged a coin or present for a tooth left under a child’s pillow. We’re definitely hitting the mark!
Then, there’s the other French story where a bad king imprisons a good queen. She seeks help from a tiny mouse to help her escape. The mouse turns out to be an incredibly helpful fairy who frees the queen after knocking out the king’s teeth. Later, the fairy hides teeth beneath the king’s pillow, leading to his untimely death. Possibly, not the best bedtime story!
What’s more surprising is that the Tooth Fairy’s legend really took off post-WWII and was made popular in American folklore. Now the ‘leading expert’ in dental health, the Tooth Fairy has driven home a hard bargain over the years!
Let the fun begin!
My little girl loves a scavenger hunt. It’s the perfect rainy afternoon adventure around our home, and when the sun is out, it’s even better out in the wild! So how does this link to the Tooth Fairy? Well, when it comes to good oral hygiene, nothing motivates my daughter more than feeling like she has achieved something.
Getting to tick off each of her findings or activities she has completed from her list is literally the best part of her day! Catching on yet?
To get my little one excited about toothbrushing, there are a few things she has to complete along the way:
- Pick her favourite song - usually Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, which by some luck lasts for two minutes! Tick!
- Be prepared to boogie - again, that song comes in handy!
- Pick up her toothbrush - simple!
- Let me dab on a pea-sized amount* of toothpaste - usually Brush Baby’s Kids Tutti Fruiti Toothpaste (*pea-sized for over 3s and a smear for under 3s)
- Let the brushing commence - this usually involves some extra encouragement from me. You will hear the phrases “brush, brush, brush your teeth,” “find those corners, find that tongue,” and “in the front, in the back, all around and go again!”
- Spit and rinse
- Smile in the mirror - “Are those teeth sparkly enough for the Tooth Fairy?”
Last but not least, she will then earn a sticker. Happy child, happy Tooth Fairy, Happy me! Job done!
Leave a trail for the Tooth Fairy
What better way to get your little ones involved than to set up a Tooth Fairy trail. They can leave a set of clues for her to follow like their toothbrush, written words like ‘tooth’, ’smile’ & ‘pillow.’
Leave the final clue under your child’s bedroom lamp. Think of it as a ‘statement piece!’