A couple of teeth ago, we had cause to write the Tooth Fairy a letter, because Cameron swallowed his loose tooth during dinner. If I remember correctly, the conversation went something like...
Me: Has that tooth still not fallen out yet?
Cameron stops eating, sticks a finger on his tooth and wobbles it about: No, not yet. Maybe soon (continues eating).
Me: What did you do at school today?
Cameron: Science. We learned about magnets!
Me: Cameron, your tooth is gone.
Cameron stops eating, sticks finger on non-existent tooth and exclaims: What? Oh no! Ooops!
We had been waiting for that particular tooth to come out for ages. I wanted it out because for weeks it had been sticking out at a 45 degree angle, making him look like one of Cletus Spuckler and his sister's 44 children. Cameron wanted his two bucks. So, Cameron wrote the Tooth Fairy a letter -
and received one in return explaining that LOTS of children swallow their teeth (I don't know if that's true or not, but we'll go with it). Now, just plain old money isn't good enough. The Tooth Fairy is not doing her job properly if she doesn't leave a letter as well. After all, we need some authentication that it was the ACTUAL Tooth Fairy who took the tooth and not some delinquent tooth-fairy-wannabe. If it were the latter, who knows where that tooth might end up (although I doubt there are few places worse than a child's digestive tract).
Our Tooth Fairy is a very business-like one, no fancy paper or anything. Of course, it's up to you how elaborate your fairy is. I just like to use what I have available. You could use scraps of wrapping paper, magazine pages, scrapbooking paper, or plain paper. Whatever takes your fancy.
For the letters, I make up a document in Word (with page orientation set to portrait). I set my document up with five columns, select an easy to read font, such as Times New Roman or Calibri and type it in size 8 font. Then, just type little letters to your child leaving enough space above and below each letter for cutting. Personally, I only type on the first, third and fifth columns, so that I give myself plenty of space for fixing my wonky cutting.
For the envelopes, I make up another sheet with Cameron's name printed on it in the same tiny writing, well-spaced, so that I can make 'printed' envelopes. But you can make just plain envelopes if you like.
Print out the template and instructions below for making the envelopes (click on image to view full size, then save to your computer and print). Cutting the slot is optional, but if you're making envelopes with your child's name on the front, the slot will help you centre the name on the front of the envelope.
Once your template is made up, in pencil, trace around the template onto your chosen paper, and lightly rule in the score lines.
If your happy with the way everything is centred and lined up, cut it out. Score and fold where necessary. Erase those tell-tale pencil lines. Fold sides in first, then fold bottom up. Secure with dots of glue and leave to dry thoroughly.
Be prepared and have a stash of Tooth Fairy correspondence ready to go. Again, this is involves a bit of prep, but once your letters and your envelope template are done, it's really quick and easy. You could probably make and fold up ten or twelve envelopes in a half hour, put a letter and fairy dust in each one and you've created enough fairy magic to last the next two or so years without any further effort. And ten is probably all you need before some miserable little know-all at school dobs you in and ruins your fun.