Losing a tooth is a special milestone in a child's life. The event can also come with some feelings of nervous anticipation. To help juggle and process these emotions, encourage your little one to read, talk, and write about her experiences.
Enjoy reading and writing with your child to commemorate these special tooth treasures. Below, you will find a few books to share, followed by a special "Dear Tooth Fairy" printable.
1. Do you think dinosaurs had a tooth fairy? The Dinosaur Tooth Fairy by Martha Brockenbrough is a silly tale about a former tooth fairy dinosaur living in a museum. When a wobbly tooth girl walks into the exhibit, the Dinosaur Tooth Fairy has the urge to get that tooth.
2. When Wanda discovers a missing tooth, the class, along with Ms. Frizzle, set out on an adventure to learn more about teeth in Scholastic Reader Level 2: The Magic School Bus and the Missing Tooth by Jeanette Lane.
3. After playing a game of dentist, Peppa's tooth falls out on her dinner plate. Peppa wants to know what is going to happen to her tooth in Peppa Pig: The Tooth Fairy. She even tries to stay up to meet the tooth fairy.
4. Bear is a bit nervous about his wobbly tooth in Bear's Loose Tooth by Karma Wilson. His friends help him understand that it is perfectly normal to lose your baby teeth. Your young child who is about to lose his first tooth will relate to Bear's uneasy feelings.
5. A common childhood worry is that a loose tooth will become a lost tooth and then the tooth fairy won't come to visit. My Wobbly Tooth Must Not Ever Never Fall Out by Lauren Child is the story of Lola, who has to figure out a way to let the tooth fairy know her tooth fell out — even though she lost it.
Writing Idea — A Tooth Fairy Printable
After you've enjoyed reading a story or two with your child, use these tooth fairy printables (for young and older children) as a special writing opportunity. Each time a tooth is lost, your child can write to the tooth fairy letting her know how the tooth was lost and when. The note can be left with the tooth for pick-up.
There are two versions of the tooth fairy letter printable. The first version is especially helpful for beginning writers to construct a note. Fill-in-the-blank sentences and multiple-choice check boxes are included.
The second version is a decorative piece of stationery that invites your child's writing creativity to flourish. A word bank is also included to help with suggestions and spelling.
May the tooth fairy's next visit to your house be filled with learning, excitement — and an early bedtime!