Saturday, July 3, 2010

What colour is the tooth fairy?

My daughter Aloka just lost another tooth, one of her top front ones. We decided to try something new, and I wanted to share this with other parents. It was so much fun!

Instead of putting her tooth under her pillow in a pouch or purse, we decided to put it into a glass of plain water and place that by her bedside.

The theory was that when the tooth fairy came, she'd have to fish the tooth out of the water (or dive in herself), and her magic would sprinkle off into the water. The water would of course then reveal the colour of the tooth fairy in the morning!

That night, as Aloka placed her glass next to the bedside, she was FAR more excited to see what colour the tooth fairy was than what she'd bring, which was really great in my opinion! The magic took the forefront, over the traditional monetary gift the fairy typically brings.

Aloka sprang up in the morning to check the water, and sure enough, the tooth was gone and the tooth fairy had left her colour behind, which was a pale yellowish spring green!
Almost as an after-thought she checked under her pillow, and to her delight, found a toonie.

Then something even stranger happened. A few hours later, the water turned even greener. My daughter was totally flabbergast. If you asked her if she believes in the tooth fairy, she would proudly say YES!

Here's what happened.

I used some high-quality food colouring to colour the water the night before. It's a gel, and you only need to dip a toothpick just barely into the gel, and then swirl it in the water to colour it. I dipped a little yellow, then thought it looked too much like pee. Not very magical, fairy pee.
So, I decided to add a little blue to turn it green. It turned it a very pale springy green, but I did see a few blobs of gel (grain of sand sized) fall off the toothpick into the water.
(we did joke later that maybe the fairy was actually blue, but she peed in the water, turning it green!)

So the next morning, when my daughter picked it up and swirled it around, I think it swished more of the blue blobs around and it slowly released more colour into the water. Hence, turning it greener.
Total magic!

Aloka, in her silk "under the sea" canopy

We didn't know what to do with the water at first. I mean, you can't just dump magic tooth fairy water down the drain, right?
I suggested she pour it over a special plant outside in her garden, to see if it helps the plant grow. Her dad suggesting sticking a white carnation in it, to watch it magically turn the same colour as the water.

In the end, she ended up drinking it! She thought what better place for tooth fairy magic, than in her body! I love the child's mind, just love it!
Next time, I think I'll try pink!

In case you still just like to stick with the traditional 'tooth in pillow' thing, we do have beautiful tooth fairy purses and pouches!

But, give this a whirl, and your child will love it!


sarah on August 5, 2010 at 6:09 AM said...

wonderful idea! my son has a couple of teeth left to loose, I will definitely try it.
and the canopy looks nice too!

Joanne on March 7, 2011 at 11:04 PM said...

This is just the cutest story! I love this idea!and your daughter drinking it is priceless! Blessings,Joanne

Joanne on March 7, 2011 at 11:05 PM said...

I'm your newest follower! blessings, Joanne

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