By: Ann P. Lewis
Age: 4 and up
I asked several children what they think the Tooth Fairy does with their teeth once they're retrieved from under the pillow. Clara, 5, said, "she puts the teeth in a big bowl, covers them with pebbles, and grinds them to make money." Colleen, 6, claimed that "she brings all the teeth back to her house and uses them for tables and chairs and other stuff she needs." And Ruth, 5, swore that "she turns them into pearls and wears them." Me, I think she puts them in an attractive glass vial so she won't forget where they are. Here's how I imagine the Tooth Fairy does it.
What you'll need:
- Colored paper
- Glass vials or glass spice jars
- Scotch tape
- Waxed linen thread, fine dental floss, cotton thread, or yarn (in the color of your choice)
- Tooth (or teeth)
- Self-adhesive labels
How to make it:
- Cut the paper into a strip about 1/2 inch shorter than the vial and 6 inches wide (or wider if you're including more than one tooth).
- In pen, note on the paper the specifics of the tooth's (or teeth's) loss (time, place, child's age, and any details; for example, knocked out by a baseball or sister's elbow).
- Tape the tooth (or teeth) on the paper, near the relevant details. Roll the paper into a scroll that'll fit inside the vial, and tie with the thread or yarn. Drop the scroll into the vial.
- Write your child's name on the label and stick it on the vial, or draw a symbol if you're afraid she'll peek when she sees her name.
Originally published in Wondertime magazine