This Tooth Fairy receipt and free printable tooth fairy letter will be a big hit with your kids. Encourage your children to brush and floss every night with a letter of encouragement from the Tooth Fairy herself. This official fillable Tooth Fairy receipt with a barcode is fun for little kids and the grown-ups who get to fill them out.
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Tooth Fairy Receipt
My daughter Chloe just lost her first tooth. It happened on the second day of kindergarten. She was sitting with her classmates during carpet time and bam, it just fell out!
Chloe has been excited about the Tooth Fairy since she first learned about her when she was two years old.
When her tooth started to wiggle last week it was a big deal and it’s been all she can talk about lately.
I wanted to make the Tooth Fairy’s first visit to our house fun and magical and also use it as an opportunity to keep her in the habit of good oral hygiene. I created a fun free Tooth Fairy printable set for the fairy's first visit to our home.
She’s been to the dentist a few times for checkups with no problems or cavities and I’d like to keep it that way.
I remember when I was little I hated brushing my teeth. The first time I got grounded was when I was in kindergarten and it was because I lied about brushing my teeth.
I had gone to the dentist recently and been informed that I had 3 cavities. My mom and dad were upset and started cracking the whip in the tooth brushing department. My dad asked if I had brushed my teeth one night and I said yes. Then he went and checked my toothbrush and knew I was lying because it was dry.
My punishment for lying was no TV for a few days as and it was very traumatic for my 5 year old self, But I did learn my lesson.
Since I remember how much of a butt-head I was when I was five, I always stand beside Chloe and make sure she brushes her teeth every night because I know if given the option she won’t do it.
We prepared for the Tooth Fairy’s arrival by putting her tooth in a cup of water on the nightstand beside the bed.
Chloe woke up to find the Tooth Fairy left her a note congratulating her on her first tooth and a receipt for the tooth. Both of these are available for you to download at the bottom of this post.
The baby tooth was missing from the cup of water and in it’s place was an assortment of coins. There was also a little bag with goodies like a new tooth brush, mouthwash and flossers.
Free Printable Tooth Fairy Receipt
Free Printable Tooth Fairy Letter
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I plan to purchase this keepsake box to collect all of Chloe's teeth and keep them safe. The profile info on the top of the box is a little weird, as it has hospital info which I don't need but I like that there is a special place for each tooth.
Tooth Fairy Origins
Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ll know that the tooth fairy is a mythical creature that gives you money in exchange for your teeth.
Folklore states that when children lose one of their baby teeth, they should place it underneath their pillow and the Tooth Fairy will visit while they sleep, replacing the lost tooth with a small payment.
Although the origins of the tooth fairy are not completely known it is believed to have started in northern Europe. There was a tradition of tand-fé or tooth fee, which was paid when a child lost their first tooth. This tradition is recorded in writings as early as the Eddas, which are the earliest written record of Norse and Northern European traditions.
El Raton de los Dientes
In many Hispanic cultures, it isn’t some magical fairy that collects teeth, it’s a rat! In Argentina, before bed, kids put their tooth in a glass of water and El Raton de los Dientes (sometimes called Ratoncito Perez) comes, drinks the water, takes the tooth, and puts a prize in the empty cup. It’s a fun twist on the tradition, especially for kids who may not be into fairies. I think next time Chloe loses a tooth we will empty the glass of water and tell Chloe that that tooth fairy was really thirsty.
The Tooth Fairy in Japan
In Japan, when children lose a baby tooth, they’re encouraged to throw them on the roof. Lower teeth are traditionally thrown upwards while upper teeth are thrown downwards, the idea being that the new tooth will be “pulled” towards the old one. It’s a fun myth and one you could even combine with North American Tooth Fairy traditions. Throw your teeth in the air like you just don't care.
How much money does the tooth fairy leave?
According to an annual survey conducted by Visa, 32 percent of children receive a single dollar, which is by far the most common amount. 5 percent of children received $20 or more (I'm not sure who these baller parents are but I would like to be adopted by them), bringing the nationwide average to $3.40. Unsurprisingly, the value of a tooth is tied not only to family income level, but geographic region—the Tooth Fairy tends to be more generous in the Northeast and stingier in the South and West (I guess that's why Chloe only got some loose change).
I’ve heard from friends that the going rate is $5 per tooth. This seems really high to me since Chloe doesn’t understand the value of money yet. If I gave her 10 pennies she would think it’s worth more than 1 quarter. For her first tooth she received a selection of various loose change that was scrounged from around the house.
Here are some of Chloe’s FAQ about the tooth fairy and my best answers:
Q:How does the Tooth Fairy know when you lose a tooth?
Q: What does the Tooth Fairy do with the teeth?
A: She uses them to build her castle in fairy land
Q: Where does she get the money to pay for the teeth?
A: This question from Chloe threw me for a loop. Answer = Magic
Q: How come you can’t see the Tooth Fairy?
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What are some of your favorite Tooth Fairy traditions? Have your kids ever received a Tooth Fairy receipt or letter? Let me know in the comments.