The Tooth Fairy Makes Her First Visit

Losing your first tooth is a right of passage and one we weren’t prepared for. How could my daughter be losing her baby teeth when it seems like it was yesterday that she got her first tooth? I wanted to create some special memories for my little one while establishing what tooth fairy visits will look like in our household. I didn’t have a lot of time to plan as her tooth was wiggly and getting looser every minute!

The Tooth Fairy– I wasn’t sure what our tooth fairy should bring for a lost tooth so I decided to ask friends who have children who have already lost teeth. I quickly realized we live in a world where the tooth fairy brings some children spare change while others get bills ranging from one dollar to ten dollars! Some children even receive toys from the tooth fairy! Wanting to keep things simple I decided on a dollar a tooth presented in quarters because my daughter enjoys putting money in her piggy bank. She claims she is saving for a house and already has one picked out that is close to our local library and no kill animal shelter (where she plans to work). I think a silver dollar would really be special and that is what I plan on giving her in the future but it required planning ahead and I didn’t have time to get one for her first lost tooth.

A Tooth Fairy Pillow– When I was a child I had a special handmade tooth fairy pillow where I placed my lost tooth for the tooth fairy to find. With no time to spare I turned to Amazon Prime to find something similar for my daughter. Although it lacked the charm of my hand crafted pillow I settled on this Tooth Fairy Pillow and Gold Coin Keepsake from Bizzy Bee. There is a companion book titled, “The Original Story of the Tooth Fairy” that explains the history behind the coin. The book can be purchased or viewed for free on You Tube. We watched the story before the Tooth Fairy delivered the special gold coin. A few days later we had a craft fair at church and you’ll never guess what we found… a handmade tooth fairy pillow that resembles the one I had as a child! My daughter and I were so excited.

The handmade Tooth Fairy pillow from our church craft fair.

Toothbrush Painting– We replaced our regular paint brushes with toothbrushes and had a fun afternoon painting. Although most of our time was spent free painting, I drew a mouth filled with dirty teeth on a piece of paper and my daughter pretended the paint was toothpaste and used the toothbrush to clean the teeth.

Painting with a toothbrush

What Foods Make Your Teeth Happy?- We looked through grocery ads and cut out foods that would make our teeth happy. It was a great activity to teach healthy and non-healthy foods and to learn about eating a balanced diet.

What foods make your teeth happy and healthy?

Apples, Apples, Apples!.. Fun Filled Apple Activities For the Entire Family

Fall has arrived and keeping with tradition my husband and I recently took our little one apple picking. Going apple picking with my parents is one of the many joyous memories I have carried with me from my childhood. I first shared my joy of apple picking with my students when I was a kindergarten teacher. Every year we took a field trip to the apple orchard and the boys and girls would ride on a wagon, pick apples right off of the tree and taste various varieties growing in the orchard. Imagine their delight when the things we had been reading and learning about at school were now within their reach!

Below are some apple inspired activities I developed for my kindergarten classroom many, many, years ago. I recently dusted them off so I could share them with my three year old.

Apple Books- There are many high quality books about apples, apple picking and making yummy treats with apples! A few of our favorites include…

Apples by Gail Gibbons

Applesauce Day by: Lisa Amstutz

The Apples on the Tree by: Steve Metzger (our newest book from Lillian’s first Scholastic Book Order)

The Apple Pie Tree by: Zoe Hall (an all time favorite)

Apples and Pumpkins by: Anne Rockwell

The Seasons of Arnold’s Apple Tree by: Gail Gibbons

Ten Apples Up on Top by: Dr. Seuss

Ten Red Apples by: Pat Hutchins

Apples! Apples! Apples!- This mini book comes from the book I wrote called Student Made Thematic Mini Books- With Extension Activities to Increase Language Literacy. The book was published in 2000 by Incentive Publications. My daughter enjoyed coloring the book and reading it over and over to everyone, including her stuffed animals! Repetitive readings help develop early literacy success by increasing fluency and building confidence.

Please click on this link.. “Apples, Apples, Apples!” book to download the book and create one of your own. Prior to creating the book my daughter and I took an apple taste test where we tasted the red apples, green apples and yellow apples we had picked in the orchard. Lillian declared that red was her favorite and she added that to her book!

Apple Treats- My little one loves to bake so Nana came over and helped us make apple pie, mini apple muffins and apple pizza! We followed the recipe in the back of the book  titled The Apples on the Tree by Steve Metzger for the apple pie and enjoyed eating a slice with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

We used Nana Freeman’s adaptation of a Southern Living recipe for the apple muffins and made them into bite sized snacks by using mini muffin tins. Lillian enjoyed sharing the muffins with her teachers and friends.

Her favorite treat to make were the apple pizzas, an activity my kindergarten students always enjoyed. The recipe can be found in my book, Student Made Thematic Mini Books- With Extension Activities to Increase Language Literacy. I know the children in your life will love the apple pizza so please click on this link to download the easy to follow child friendly recipe.

Paper Strip Apple Project- Pops is a retired art teacher and this is a project he has been making with students for over fifty years! Pops used red, yellow and green construction paper and cut them in 1 inch x 9 inch strips for the apple. We began by taking two strips and making an X with them and putting a dot of glue or paste in the middle to hold it in place. Then we took a third strip and placed it through the X, creating a star or astrick shape and used a dot of glue to keep it in place. The last step involved matching the strips and gluing them into place. Lillian got lots of practice counting as we counted while pressing the glue into place after each step. We used a brown strip for the stem (1 inch by 4 inch) and cut the leaves out of a 3 x 3 square.

Apple Prints- After we enjoyed eating apples in muffins, pie and pizza, we cut some apples in half and made apple prints. We examined the inside of the apple, identifying the core and the seeds and experimented cutting the apple in half starting at the top and then cutting the apple through the center which reveals a star shape which you can see in the print! The dark paper makes a nice contrast with the bright red, green and yellow paint!

Our entire family enjoyed a month full of apple fun. From reading books, to visiting the apple orchard, to making yummy apple treats and being creative with apple art; we made new memories with activities we enjoyed in the past.