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Why Tooth Fairy Letters Help Children Grow
Children write letters to Santa as a traditional part of growing up, but why should the jolly guy in red get all the credit? Tooth fairy letters are a great way to reinforce language and literacy skills, socialization and manners and proper dental care. The tooth fairy comes several times a year for most children, which gives you multiple opportunities to put letter writing to work for you. Here are some ways to initiate communication with the tooth collector. (Have younger children draw pictures and dictate their letters to you.)
Encourage your child to write daily, weekly or monthly entries in a journal. Tell him the tooth fairy likes to keep tabs on her merchandise (teeth!) and its previous owners. Your child can write about school, dentist visits, vacations, birthday parties, the family puppy, books he is reading or whatever else he thinks his tiny friend might be interested in hearing.
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Writing a letter to the tooth fairy to put under the pillow with a lost tooth is a sweet tradition. Your child can describe how long the tooth has been loose, what methods he took to remove it — for example, eating apples or wiggling the tooth a lot — and what he was doing when it finally came out. He might want to include how he feels about losing the tooth or what he hopes will be left under his pillow.
Although most of us work hard to teach our children the importance of saying "Please" and "Thank you," old-fashioned thank-you notes are becoming a lost art. But they don't have to! Use the tooth fairy as a way to instill the practice in your children. The letter might include details about what the child will do with the payment and perhaps a written plan for how he will ensure that the next tooth is in even better condition.
No matter what method you chose, encouraging your child to write more will benefit them socially, academically and physically by encouraging them to practice important skills needed at school and home and by motivating them to keep their teeth sparkling white for the Tooth Fairy.
Learn more about tooth fairy letters in the Colgate Oral Care resources.