Losing baby teeth is a milestone of growing up, but to make this event fun for children, the tooth fairy is involved. This fantasy figure visits a sleeping child and removes the tucked tooth (under a pillow or on the bedside table) and leaves a reward in its place.
I had the opportunity to review fiction storybooks about tooth fairies. These books are entertaining and provide interesting facts that can be used in school or home. Here are two tooth fairy books and activities for kids to add to your lesson plans.
The Underhills: A Tooth Fairy Story by Bob Graham (Candlewick Press, 2019)
There once were two sisters, April and Esme, who were tiny tooth fairies. One day when their parents were away on a molar mission, they went to stay with their grandparents at their teapot house by the airport fence. During their stay, Grandma got an urgent message on her phone that a young girl in a red coat, coming from Ghana, had a pulled baby tooth in her pocket. Could this be a job for April and Esme? This interesting story shows how Grandma and the girls trekked the airport terminal viewing many people along with flying angels and cupids. Alas, they found the little girl from Ghana, quietly retrieving the baby tooth and replacing it with a shiny coin in her pocket. A job only a real tooth fairy can achieve!
Make a Cardboard Tooth Fairy
Cardboard Roll Tooth Fairy
You will need:
Cardboard toilet tube
Decorative décor (buttons, sequins, felt, etc.)
Heavy-duty glue or low-temperature glue gun
Crayons and/or markers
Take the cardboard tube and color it to resemble the fairy’s dress.
Cut a circle from construction paper (head) and attach it to the top of the tube. Fill in the facial features with markers and then glue on hair (felt or paper). Cut out a crown from foil and attach it to the top of the fairy’s head.
Glue a long pipe cleaner to the back of the tube and shape this into arms and hands. A small piece of sparkling pipe cleaner will make a cute wand.
Cut a wing shape from construction paper and decorate it. Glue this in place to the back of the tube.
Finish this cute fairy with decorative décor to embellish her dress.
Create a Tooth Travel Capsule
Tooth Travel Capsule
It’s nice to have a container to keep the pulled-out tooth inside. Here is a fun capsule to make with a recycled prescription bottle. Carefully remove the label from a clean prescription container. Allow the children to adhere teeth-related stickers to the plastic bottle. Use the computer to make a banner: TOOTH TRAVEL CAPSULE and glue this around the bottle.
Tooth Fairy in Training by Michelle Robinson (Candlewick Press, 2019)
“Think that being a tooth fairy is just about sparkly fairy dust, shiny coins, and collecting teeny-tiny teeth from cute, sleeping children? Well, think again. Animals need to have their teeth collected too!”
A young fairy is going through training with her older sister. They start with an adventure, visiting animals that are losing teeth – a baby hippo, a kangaroo child, alligators, narwhal, seals, and more. Just remember not to wake up the youngster. Some fairies have to use magical fairy glitter to keep the secret.
Did you know?
The elephant’s tusks are two of their teeth, along with six sets of molars in their lifetime. As teeth wear down, they fall out and new ones take their place. An adult elephant has teeth that can be several feet long and weigh about eight pounds or more.
A beaver has orange teeth. This comes from iron that keeps their teeth strong needed to gnaw on trees. The beaver’s teeth continue to grow as they age, so chewing on trees and such keep the teeth from growing too long.
And, would you think that snails have teeth? These tiny garden dwellers have over 14,000 teeth. They are tiny but help them to chomp through leaves.
My students colored this picture of a dinosaur’s teeth. Coloring pages of animal teeth are available online.
Tooth Fairy Footprints
In order to prove that the tooth fairy came, create glittered footprints and tape these around the room. These will enhance the story. At home a few footprints around the bed will be a perfect reminder that the fairy came to visit. Make a footprint stencil, Trace around the stencil on construction paper and cut out several copies. Spread glue and glitter on each footprint. When dry, scatter and adhere these around the room.
Other popular tooth fairy books:
How to Catch the Tooth Fairy by Adam Wallace (2016)
Tooth Fairy’s Night by Candice Ransom (2017)
What Does the Tooth Fairy Do With Our Teeth? By Denise Barry (2014)
Llama, Llama Loses a Tooth by Anna Dewdney (2018)
The Night Before the Tooth Fairy by Natasha Wing (2003)
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