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Inside: Discover 9 lovely birthday traditions that will delight your kids and will make celebrations more special! Start these traditions oon your child’s birthday and make them feel loved!
Every milestone in my child’s life brings so many emotions! No matter if it’s the day when he walked for the first time, the first day of preschool or the first visit of the tooth fairy, all these moments have a special place in my heart.
And in this precious collections of important milestones in his life, birthdays are some of the most treasured moments! They are such wonderful opportunities to celebrate kids, to let them know how loved they are, and to make them feel special!
There are just a few weeks left until my son’s fifth birthday. He is so excited about it and I love to see the joy in his eyes when he talks about his birthday!
For me, this milestone brings a lot of joy as well but it also comes with the realization that my son grows up so fast and that time goes by faster than I imagined.
It’s amazing how quickly my little baby turned into a strong and independent boy! I wish I could stop time just for a little while and enjoy him some more before he grows up.
I know that I can’t do this so instead I do my best to enjoy every day with him and make these milestones even more special and memorable. Because I want him to be able to look back at his childhood and feel happy about the way we went through all these special moments together.
I am a big fan of family traditions because they have that amazing power of bringing us closer and make us feel more connected. This is why I also love the idea of creating birthday traditions for each of my son’s birthdays.
9 special birthday traditions for kids
If you like the idea of having special birthday traditions in your family, here is a list of our favorite ideas! I’m pretty sure that they will be a great inspiration for making your child happy on their birthday!
1. Start the day with a little surprise
While the child is still asleep, fill in their bedroom with balloons. Kids love surprises and this will make them start the day with a smile on their face!
Also, you can prepare a special birthday breakfast. One of my favorite ideas is creating a small “cake” using pancakes, whipped cream, and sprinkles and adding a candle on top. You can also use a muffin with a candle on top.
Another nice idea is to decorate the table for breakfast and even wear birthday hats while you eat.
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2. Create a treasure hunt that leads to the gift
Instead of just offering the gift to your child, make things more fun by preparing a treasure hunt. Hide clues in different places in the house and invite your child to follow them to get to the gift.
3. Do a birthday interview every year
This is such an easy and fun birthday tradition for kids! You’ll only need a printable birthday interview (you can download it at the end of this post).
Every year do this interview with your child and keep the answers in a special binder. Kids will love to get all the attention and you’ll have a wonderful keepsake from every birthday! Also, it’s really nice to look back at older interviews and see how the answers changed over the years.
4. Create a “What we love about you” jar
This is one of my favorite birthday traditions! It’s very easy to prepare and will bring a lot of joy!
All you’ll need is a jar and little note cards (or pieces of paper). Invite your child’s friends and relatives to write down on each note one thing that they love about the birthday child.
Gather notes from as many people as you can, add your own notes, and place them all in the jar. Offer the jar to your child and watch their joy as they discover every note!
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5. Decorate the house
Even if you are not holding a birthday party, decorating the house is a great way to bring joy to your child! You can use banners, balloons, paper blooms and notes with birthday wishes placed all around the house.
6. Create a special birthday crown or cape
Another lovely idea is to create a birthday crown or a birthday cape for the child to wear the entire day. It doesn’t have to be something elaborated. Even a crown made of paper and decorated by you can bring a lot of joy!
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7. Do an act of kindness together
Children get a lot of attention on their birthday and they also receive nice gifts but I think it’s important to also teach them to be grateful for what they have and think about others as well.
This is why I love the idea of starting a tradition of doing an act of kindness every year on their birthday.
The child can donate some of their old toys or clothes, volunteer at an animal shelter, prepare a blessing bag to give someone in need, or find any other way to show kindness. If you have a young child, here are 10 acts of kindness that little ones can do with your help.
8. Prepare a birthday coupon book for your child
A birthday coupon book is a great way to make kids happy! They will love to have the chance to use the coupons for spending nice moments with you and this will bring you even closer!
I like the idea of creating a birthday book with date ideas that you and your child can enjoy together. I’ve created such a book for my son and it was a wonderful way to build a strong relationship with him.
If you want to download our birthday coupons, you can find them here: A meaningful gift that will make kids feel loved: Easy DIY coupon book.
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9. Offer experiences instead of more stuff
This is one of the birthday traditions that we implemented in our family even before having our son. I used to offer experience gifts to my husband and he did the same on my birthdays.
We realized that enjoying new experiences makes us much happier than receiving more stuff and we tried this with our son too. And he absolutely loved all the experience gifts that we prepared for him!
Not only that they offered us so many happy moments to enjoy together, but they also helped us have less stuff in our house. So we created a tradition to offer him an experience gift on every birthday. And this has been one of the best birthday traditions that we tried so far!
If you like this idea, check out this list of awesome experience gifts for kids. I’m sure that you’ll find some nice ideas that your kids will love!
Start creating birthday traditions with a yearly birthday interview
If you want to get started with a great birthday tradition this year, I invite you to download our printable birthday interview. To get the file all you need to do is click on the below link.
The thing that I like most about birthday traditions is the fact that they become precious childhood memories. They make birthdays more special and most of all they make kids feel loved!
I hope that you liked these ideas and will try them with your kids! I wish you happy celebrations, filled with love and joy!
More inspiration for birthdays
- The best birthday surprise that I ever prepared for my child
- Experience gifts: The best way to offer meaningful gifts that will make kids happy
- 7 easy-to-prepare surprise ideas for kids
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