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When Your Child Loses Their First Tooth: Celebrate With These Crafts

by Jeremiah Barnett

When your child loses their first tooth, it is one of the most exciting times of their lives, and it's a pretty exciting time for you as well as a parent. It is a life event that will never happen again, so it is important to properly celebrate it. Here are a few crafty DIY ideas to celebrate that first tooth loss and to provide something for the Tooth Fairy:

Tooth Fairy Door

How does the Tooth Fairy enter your home? She couldn't possibly open the huge front door when she is so tiny, right? This is why she needs her very own little door to enter. You can find the actual door, door knob, mail slot, and anything else that you might want to incorporate at a local craft store. Here is a video that walks you through the steps of making the tiny door.

Tooth Bear

Martha Stewart offers a really great, easy-to-make, hand-stitched teddy bear that has a little pocket for your child's tooth to sit in. The bear will serve as a protector of your child's tooth and keep it safe from the evil monsters that may want to steal it until the Tooth Fairy has time to make it to your home.

Tooth Box

You can keep things simple by creating a Tooth Fairy box that will hold your child's tooth until the tooth fairy arrives to magically whisk the tooth away. Although a box may appear simple, you don't have to keep it that way. You can get as creative as you want with it. One option is to use a matchbox and decorate it with felt, ribbon, construction paper, or anything that you can get your hands on. This matchbox uses felt with a tooth-shaped piece on top. Or you can get a bit more creative and decorate a star-shaped box like this one.

Tooth Fairy Cookies

While the Tooth Fairy may not encourage the eating of sugar, and she probably doesn't eat it herself, it doesn't mean that you can't enjoy some tooth-shaped cookies yourself. Just make sure you limit the treat for your child to avoid the development of unwanted and unnecessary cavities, which can be caused from too much sweet stuff. And, hey, you never know, the Tooth Fairy may decide to indulge in one of your cookies anyway and leave a trail of crumbs behind when she leaves.

Your imagination is the limit when it comes to crafty ways to celebrate that very first tooth loss with your child. Whether you choose to make a door for the Tooth Fairy to enter, a bear or box to hold the lost tooth safely until the arrival of the Tooth Fairy or cookies to eat and leave for the Tooth Fairy, you and your child will have fun celebrating this once-in-a-lifetime event. 

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