Fun ways to make your child feel special on their birthday

Nov 20, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. ET

We’re all familiar with the birthday clowns, petting zoos, bouncy castles and magicians. But do you find yourself trying to come up with unique ways to make your child feel special on their birthday? Well, why not try these interesting, fun and inexpensive birthday ideas?

boy on treasure hunt

Get your child to go on a treasure hunt for their presents

Spark their curiosity and get them thinking with a birthday present treasure hunt. Children of all ages find hunting for their presents exciting and fun. Leave age-appropriate clues in and around the house for them to follow, allowing them to collect smaller presents along the way, until they reach their final treasure present. For children and parents alike, half the fun is in the search.

Let your child be the birthday king or queen for the day

A great way to make your child feel extra special on their birthday is to pronounce them as king or queen for the day. Give them a crown or tiara and let them know about all the special privileges they are entitled to as birthday king or queen for the day. Get the whole family involved and allow the birthday boy or girl to choose what everyone has for dinner, what the family watches on television for the evening, or what sort of birthday cake they should have.

Go on a family outing

There is no better way to celebrate a child than for the whole family to celebrate together. Take your birthday boy or girl on a fun outing the whole family will enjoy. It may be something as simple as playing cricket in the park, building sandcastles at the beach, or it could be as extravagant as a trip to an amusement park.

flowersSend your daughter some flowers

To celebrate the little princesses in your life, why not send her some flowers, addressed and delivered to her with a special birthday message. If she is school-aged, find out if the school will allow them to be sent to her during a class. Otherwise get them delivered to her at home. You will love the look on her face when she is told there is a delivery for her at the front door. It will make her feel like a very special little lady.

Let your child wake up to a bedroom full of balloons

Once they have gone to sleep for the night, sneak into your child’s room and decorate it with balloons, streamers and banners. If your child is likely to wake during the night, you may like to decorate the room with helium balloons or choose to decorate the kitchen, dining room or living room.

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