One of the kids lost a tooth over Halloween, so it was the perfect opportunity to introduce the “tooth fairy” jar as opposed to the classic placing a tooth under a pillow. The jar was used as I was growing up, mainly because it’s easier to retrieve a tooth from a jar and place money in the jar for parents than risk waking their children trying to maneuver under a pillow, find the damn tooth, and put change under the pillow without waking the little sleeper up. Here, I will show you how the “tooth fairy” jar works its magic.
Any jar will do, but you have to sprinkle “fairy dust” (glitter) into the jar to make it a true “tooth fairy” jar. You see, when the lost tooth is placed in the jar and fairy dust is sprinkled on top of it, the “tooth fairy” hears the magic sound of the fairy dust and knows they need to come calling that night. I always had to blow gently on the fairy dust to make it scatter in the jar before placing the jar on the window sill (the “tooth fairy” comes in through the window, after all) so the “tooth fairy” would know I was going to bed and could come and get my tooth. (note: the main reason for placing the “tooth fairy” jar on the windowsill is for easily memorable placement of the jar, so parents don’t have to bump around the bedroom looking for where their kid put it before they went to sleep).
When the “tooth fairy” arrives in the night, they gladly accept the tooth, and are thrilled by the fairy dust left just for them. So much, they sprinkle a bit of the fairy dust on the sleeping child and their pillow to give the child sweet dreams and happiness as a thank you for the glorious tooth. When the child awakens in the morning, they know the “tooth fairy” has come during the night because the fairy dust has magically appeared on their pillow and face like a fairy kiss. Of course, they also know the “tooth fairy” came during the night because their jar now has nothing in it but money.
The morning after she lost her tooth, the youngest ran into our room beaming from ear to ear with a glittery smile on her face and a dollar crumpled up in her hand. “The ‘tooth fairy’ jar worked!” she shouted Halloween morning at the butt crack of dawn. “She ‘magicked’ me with the fairy dust!” My fiance and I winked conspiratorially at my family tradition. He was able to quietly sneak into the living room and work his fairy magic without a disturbance one with the jar on the windowsill, and delighted in sprinkling fairy dust all over his sleeping angel.
It’s a great way to incorporate a little bit of whimsy and magic into a child’s toothless adventures, and the easiest method for playing the role of the “tooth fairy” for parents. I delighted in this fun tradition until I quit losing teeth at 13, even when I figured out my parents were the real “tooth fairy”. Waking up with fairy dust on your pillow and face doesn’t happen every day, you know.