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Bring the magic home with this step by step guide to help your children enjoy the fun of a tooth fairy visit.
- Put your tooth in a little fairy box as a hidden treasure. You can either buy these or make them yourself! It's quite easy. Find a ring chest or a matchbox and decorate it however you please. Take a look at the tips below for more ideas!
- Invite the fairy to come on in. Open the window slightly ajar before your child goes to sleep so the fairy can get in and out easier. By taking this practical measure you are showing your child that you believe in this too!
- Write a letter to "Dear Tommy". Imagine the look on your child's face when he wakes up and not only sees his tooth has been replaced with a shiny silver coin, but there's a little letter beside it as well! Make your own envelope as well, there's a good guide for doing so in the tips below. Here's a good idea for your letter though:
- "Dear (your child's name) there are some lovely teeth in (your town) and since yours are so white and clean I thought I would write you a letter to congratulate you. Only nice teeth make fairy dust, so make sure you keep your teeth healthy by not eating too much sugar and brushing them every day and we'll give you a special treat. I just hope you don't bump into the garden tree next time you lose one! Yours sincerely, Blossom Bellfeather".
- You can think of better names than those in the letter and it can either be a boy or a girl fairy. Notice how important it is to bring up how the child lost their tooth by bumping into a tree. The thought of fairies knowing how your child lost his tooth only adds to the magic of it all and you can slot in an important message about keeping your child's body healthy! The promise of a special treat could be more money next year - maybe even a dollar/pound!
- Have fairy bites. Don't forget to leave some food out for your fairy once in a while. Just like with Santa Clause, leaving food out is very exciting for your child. You don't have to go to too much trouble, simply cut two or three slices of apple and leave them on a plate beside your fairy box. During the night while you're leaving the money behind, make some tiny fairy bites with your finger nail along the edge of the slice so that they resemble fairy bites. Alternatively, you could draw your child's attention to little fairy bites on the cheese in the fridge the very next morning. The fairy must have been hungry during the night! (wink!wink!).
- Include magic dust. Sprinkle some fine glitter over your coin to resemble fairy dust. This is the whole reason why fairies need your child's tooth. A good idea is to get a glitter gel pen, colour it on your finger tips then make strides across the surface so they look like footsteps. You can get the same effect by dabbing it on with a glittery lip gloss brush.
- If you want to use glitter as fairy dust, it might be an idea not to apply glitter to your fairy box as you're making it, as it will be difficult for your child to tell the difference between their glittery box and magic dust. It will also spoil the gesture!
- Making a tooth fairy box
- Making a tiny envelope
- Don't get caught, it won't be a good start to a new day!
- Remember that doing this is just going through great lengths to lie to your children so that when they go to school and the kids hear that they believe in the tooth fairy can make fun of them.
Sources and Citations
- ? http://jas.familyfun.go.com/arts-and-crafts?page=CraftDisplay&craftid=11426
- ? http://www.paper-source.com/cgi-bin/paper/howto/ideas/valenvelope.html
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