What Does the Tooth Fairy Look Like?

I can tell you according to a survey of unknown origin – 74% of people think the Tooth Fairy is female, the remaining percentage are unsure, or it doesn’t matter. This fact however does not directly answer the question: What does the Tooth Fairy Look Like? And frankly – it’s a great question!

We have plenty of information about Santa Claus for example. You can even have your picture taken with him or one of his helpers around Christmas time. I for one have personally seen him shopping in Walmart during the off-season (long before cell phone cameras, but this my friends was EPIC for my then 3-year-old daughter because Santa spotted her too and gave her a signal!!!). I also spotted him with Mrs. Clause during the holidays doing some grocery shopping at my local grocery store.

picture of Mr. And Mrs. Claus in the grocery store. We know what Santa looks like, but what does the tooth fairy look like?
We know what Santa looks like, but what does the Tooth Fairy look like?

We have enough details about the Easter Bunny too I think – I mean he is a bunny. Other than color variations it’s pretty easy to imagine he has long ears and a fluffy tail. I’m not staying up at night pondering the mystery. The Easter Bunny is 100% NOT made of chocolate because he would not have survived this long, so I sleep soundly the night before Easter.

But the Tooth Fairy… pondering “what does the Tooth Fairy look like in real life?” Now that’s worth some time and effort!

Let’s begin with Genreral Fairy Magic

There truly is nothing like fairy magic. Glitter. Pixie Dust. Whatever it takes. Fairies are meant to bring joy into our lives. (Unlike the Leprechauns who bring mischief.) They are more than just winged creatures, however!

If you would like to read up on Fairies, Gnomes, and International Fairy Day, June 24th you can HERE

National Tooth Fairy Day

National Tooth Fairy Day (celebrated on February 28th and August 22nd), surrounds the western culture’s folklore that when children leave a lost tooth under their pillow, the Tooth Fairy comes to collect it and leaves them something in its place.

In our home, the first lost tooth was always rewarded with a new toothbrush as well as a $2.00 bill! The Tooth Fairy likes to leave a trail of glitter to show she has been in the house as well!

Because she is magic, she has the ability to do different things for different children, following the rules of parents (like perhaps no glitter in your house!) or leaving candy instead of money. She also leaves a variety of denominations. The tradition of leaving money comes from Northern Europe, where the tooth fee was paid when a child lost their first tooth. It has been recorded in the Old Norse traditions known as the Edda (a collective of Norse literary works circa 1200)

The Tooth Fairy Looks different, and behaves differently around the world!

As thrilling as getting a gift under your pillow may be, you may still be left with the pressing question: What does the Tooth Fairy Look Like? Let’s explore some tooth Fairy traditions around the world, and see if we can uncover what a tooth fairy looks like in the process!

The Tooth Fairy and Losing teeth are celebrated in different ways around the world. Here are a few of them.

In the United States, England, Australia and Denmark, children most often put their tooth under their pillow when they go to sleep . When they wake up, the tooth is gone and it has been replaced with $1.00 (or another amount). What the Tooth Fairy looks like in these countries is similar to the perception of a winged creature who lives in the forest.

picture of child sleeping in bed. A magical fairy removes the tooth from under the pillow. This is what the Tooth Fairy does in the United States, England, Australia and Denmark.

In Ireland, The Tooth Fairy is NOT A FAIRY, but instead a Leprechaun. The story goes like this:

Anna Bogle, A mischievous leprechaun girl who was playing in the forest one day and knocked out her front tooth. She does not like how she looks without it, but can’t put it back in. She gets the idea to get a human child’s tooth to replace her own. Stealing is against the leprechaun’s code of ethics, so she must leave a coin in return. Anna keeps trying until she finds a tooth that will fit. Perhaps it will be yours?

A female leprechaun with gold coins she leaves in exchange for the teeth she takes when children lose them. In Ireland the tooth fairy is a leprechaun girl.

In many Spanish-speaking countries like Spain, Argentina Guatemala, and Mexico they have the “Tooth Mouse”. In some of these countries, the Tooth mouse takes the tooth out of a glass of water (after drinking it!)

A small field mouse looking at a glass of water with a tooth in it. In many spanish speaking countries, the tooth fairy is actually a mouse.

Still, another fun tradition is throwing your teeth onto the roof! In Greece, China, Singapore, and Vietnam, children who toss teeth try to get them to land straight. That’s because, if the tooth lands crooked, it is believed the new tooth will grow in crooked!

A Chinese Pagoda with a tooth on the roof, because in China instead of a tooth fairy taking the tooth, children throw them on the roof.

In Turkey, they do not have any “fairy”. Instead, they believe a lost tooth holds a child’s future. The family chooses a special place to bury the tooth so their dreams for their child will come true.

shovel digging. Text reads: Where you bury a lost tooth holds the key to your future dreams

Survey Friends and Family

If you are able to talk to friends or family in different countries, ask them about their tooth fairy traditions. Don’t forget to mention the overall burning question: What does the tooth fairy look like? you can compare them to your own traditions!

Three images of what the Tooth Fairy may look like around the world: A female winged fairy, a mouse and a leprechaun.

Easy Ideas for Celebrating National Tooth Fairy Day

If you would like to learn MORE Tooth Fairy traditions from around the World Homeschool Holiday has a complete Lesson!

Cover image for National Tooth Fairy Day Activities. Shows clipart image of female winged fairy dancing with a tooth as well as the contents of the product: A mystery picture puzzle with 12 trivia questions, a tooth shape book and a tooth fairy quiz.
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The National Tooth Fairy Day Activity Pack contains a Slide presentation as well as an EXCLUSIVE Homeschool Holiday teaching video. Join Mrs. Crabtree as she guided your learners through the slide presentation in her wise and witty manner.

Learners use the information to answer the trivia questions on the paper “quiz”, to reveal the picture in the mystery puzzle or BOTH. They will also have information about the Tooth Fairy from 10 different countries in which they can make an adorable shape book or write their own original Tooth Fairy Story.

More ways to Celebrate

National Tooth Fairy day is also the perfect opportunity to BRUSH UP on good dental hygiene! If you haven’t seen the dentist – use this holiday as the perfect opportunity to schedule your next appointment! That’s why we celebrate twice a year, spaced 6 months apart – August 22 and February 28th!

A fun and free activity for celebrating Tooth Fairy Day is toothbrush art. Have your learner create a painting with an old toothbrush instead of a traditional paintbrush. Be sure to cover the area with plenty of newspaper if you will be attempting the splatter paint technique! I love to do this activity OUTSIDE on the grass where there is no worry about the mess. Simply dip the bristles of the toothbrush in the paint and run a finger over them while it is facing your paper or canvas. Clean the toothbrush before switching colors.

If you want to create a place for the Tooth fairy to find your tooth quickly and easily – I have the perfect project for you in the Homeschool Holliday FREEBIES. Our Tooth Fairy Door Hangar comes in 2 colors: pink or blue as well as a print-friendly color your own version. There are complete instructions with pictures guiding you each step of the way. When your little one loses a tooth just pop it in the pocket and hang it on their bedroom door for the Tooth Fairy to find!

Cover image for the Homeschool Holiday Freebie craft to make a tooth fairy door hangar. The cover image shows the printable page in pink and black and white. It also comes in blue.
Easily design your own Tooth Fairy Door Hanger with this free printable. Visit the Homeschool Holiday Shop to download.

Thank for for Celebrating the Holiday of the Day with us!

Whatever you decide to do, I hope you have enjoyed learning what a Tooth Fairy looks like, and some unique tooth fairy traditions from around the globe.

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Sources:

https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/58503/7-tooth-fairy-traditions-around-world

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