Do you feel a lot of pressure for to create memories about your child’s “firsts”? I feel the pressure — but I tend to let the pressure stay, and “make a mental note” that I need to do something, something meaningful and memorable. Predictably, this often backfires.
I keep letting other things from my to-do list slide in front…and then I’m just left with the stress of needing to come up with something for an event that happened last week, last month…ok, I still have baby book entries I need to make for my 8 year old.
I needed simple traditions. Ones that can actually get done. Quickly. Now.
So, right now, today, before you need it (or, hey, if you need it for something that happened last week, that’s cool, too).
Are you as last-minute as I am? Then these simple easy-to-actually-do ideas are for you. We also have some “don’t panic, you can do this idea tonight” ideas — those ones have “Do it now:” in front of them. Some affiliate links are used below.
Lost Tooth Charts
Charts for home, charts of the classroom — hang these up and I guarantee you that the kids will keep careful track — and delight in filling them out.
Tip: laminate the charts (here’s our favorite at-home laminator) – you can reuse them year after year (or kid after kid).
- Printable tooth chart, with space for your child’s memories (we did this one!)
- Free chart for the classroom to tally teeth lost throughout the year
Tooth Fairy Visits
These are the ideas for either before –or even a couple “night of” — the day of the lost teeth!
- Buy a little tooth holder for under the pillow! (You can also make a special bag or holder, if you are a DIY all-star.)
- Do it now: Tooth fairy certificates (this is for the “very first tooth” or a very simple note written on a post it with a heart and signed by the tooth fairy (call her “Flossie”)
- Do it now: Leave origami money under their pillow. I know, that one sounds like it’s not a real do it now – but there are instructions that look pretty simple, and videos (which are how I learn best)
- Do it now: You can also leave a “receipt” from the tooth fairy for the teeth! Do me a favor, though, and only mark their teeth “excellent”!
Lost Tooth Holders For School
- Tooth fairy taxis — they use film canisters for this one — you could use any small cylinder with a lid – many gum and mint brands use this type of packaging.
- Do it now: Lost tooth envelope they can wear.
Lost Tooth Pictures
- Do it now: Great first missing tooth smile shots. From above, with a toothbrush prop, pointing at their lost teeth…
- Do it now: A picture proudly holding the tooth – that can be little gory, but try having them pinch the teeth in between their fingers. Should cover up anything yucky.
Books about Loose Teeth
These are ones you’d have to buy in advance (or make a library run!), but fun to read even when you don’t have a lost tooth. If you are super well organized, you could buy them now and hold onto them until the tooth fairy left them as a first tooth surprise!
- One Morning in Maine by Robert McCloskey
- Throw Your Tooth on the Roof: Tooth Traditions from Around the World by Selby Beeler
- The Night Before the Tooth Fairy by Natasha Wing
Tooth Fairy Crafts
This whole section is a do it now. Create a tradition of doing a tooth fairy or tooth craft on the day of the lost tooth. It could be as simple as get out some white paint and paint a tooth, or put shaving cream on an easy-to-clean surface and have them trace teeth shapes with their fingers. A few other ideas:
- Do it now: Tooth fairy finger puppets
- Do it now: Cotton ball tooth craft – cut out paper in a tooth shape and glue cotton balls or white pompoms all over the teeth.
- Do it now: Free printable tooth fairy craft
Easy to maintain traditions will be the ones that actually get done. Pick out your favorite – and do it now!