Love bombed our kids with simple and fun traditions have become part of birthdays in our home. To help you get started on making birthdays easy for you and special for your kids, I’ve rounded up some great ideas that take very little time and supplies but still have a great WOW factor.
I have no doubt that these simple little traditions over time will become the backbone of what makes your kids birthday extra special.
1. Birthday Fairy:
If your child is a good sleeper and does not wake up at night to got the toilets for example, sneak in your child’s room while they are sleeping and fill their room with balloons and streamers so it is completely festive when they wake up.
2. Balloons Avalanche:
Cover the door from edge to edge with clear plastic and put balloons between the closed door and the plastic. When you child opens the door, all the balloons will fall into their bedroom and give the a big surprise!
Here is a quick tutorial on how to make a Balloon Avalanche.
3. The Birthday Shoe
A tradition from Mel at sofestive.com On the eve of your birthday, the birthday person picks their favourite shoe to leave out by their bed. The Birthday Fairy comes in the night and leaves quarters in the birthday shoe. The rule for birthday quarters– they can be spent on anything the birthday person wants! Here’s the quarter formula: 1 quarter for every year old the birthday person is. Plus one extra for good luck! So, if you have a daughter turning 5, she would find 6 birthday quarters in her shoe!
4. The Birthday Tee Shirt
Make the child to wear a birthday shirt with their name and age on it, it’s so fun if you go out, people will wish a happy birthday all day.
5. Breakfast in Bed or in front of the TV
Because why not…
6. Create a Birthday Plate
It’s a fun and simple way to help them feel extra special on their birthdays. Kids love the tradition of pulling it out on their birthdays to eat their meals.
7. Birthday King/Birthday Queen for the Day
This one is one of MY favourites because it so instantly solves the little disagreements that can spark between siblings and takes absolutely no prep. Who gets the last cookie from the jar? Yes, the birthday king, who gets to choose what’s for dinner? The birthday Queen, naturally. This one can be pretty fun, but I will warn you, the power has been known to go to my sons’ heads on occasion resulting in a birthday dictator. So you may need to work out some guidelines for this one. All in all though, it makes for a top-of-the-world kind of day for the birthday child!
7. Birthday Interview
8. Write a love letter
9. Birth Story
On their birthdays instead of the regular bedtime story, we have made a tradition of telling stories about when our sons were younger and the day they were born. Kids love to hear about the silly things they did as toddlers (at last we can laugh at those terrible twos!) and what happened the day they were born. recounting how you felt when you first held him in your arms and the reactions of other family members.
10. Play you’re awesone because
At dinner, pass around a piece of paper and have everyone write something nice about the birthday child (you can help the little ones). If your family is having trouble coming up with thoughtful things to say, you can even use prompts like “You are good at…”, “10 things I like about you…” or “I love when you….”. At the end of it all, the birthday boy has a keepsake of nice things and complements to keep for whenever they need a boost. And if warm, fuzzy feelings make your family members cringe, I’ve got something for you too; a before eating the cake. Go around the table and have everyone tell the birthday child why they think she is awesome.
11. Final gift under the pillow
Place a small gift, special treat or little note under their pillow for them to see and enjoy first thing in the morning. A simple note that says “I Love You” will mean a lot to your child.
12. Birthday Game nights
Think “Minute to Win It” style. Perhaps an annual chess tournament or an obstacle course?
14. Make a special birthday bath! Hang balloons over and around the tub and streamers from the ceiling. Throw a few water balloons inside the bath.