Last night B lost a tooth so I thought it would be fun to share our Tooth Fairy tradition that a friend shared with me a few years ago. Previous to this new tradition I just had my kids put their tooth under their pillow and in the morning the tooth was replaced with money (that's how I did it growing up). Well, I woke up my kids more than once while trying to do the "exchange" and it would go something like this:
Scene 1: [Mom is kneeling next to the bed with a hand or two under the pillow, trying to search for the darn tooth.]
Son (eyes all of a sudden wide open): What are you doing?
Mom: Um, just checking to see if the tooth fairy made it here yet.
Son (picking up pillow and still seeing the tooth there): Nope.
Mom: Oh...well...go back to sleep, I'm sure she'll be here soon. [Mom wonders how long she will need to wait to try again].
Our new tradition is the Tooth Fairy Jar. Just fill up a jar with water, place it on your child's nightstand, and have your child drop the tooth inside before bed. The next morning, the tooth is replaced with coins and the water is blue (food coloring). So much easier! Well, as long as the mouth of the jar is wide enough for your hand to reach inside and grab the tooth, and you don't overfill the jar with water, that could cause issues.
Last night I also sprinkled some silver glitter in the jar and that was a fun addition. And the presidential $1 coins make a great prize (like pirate booty).