The main reason is that both are usually over-priced.
So when my son turned 8, I decided to do something that wouldn’t cost much at all:
My oldest son was turning 8 years old. Once they reach this age, you can’t not do something awesome for them, right? They’re old enough to remember now ;).
Meet Kwabena, full of silliness and personality, this guy….
How to Throw a Birthday Card Scavenger Hunt!
1. Buy a funny card!
2. Buy a bunch of little stuff that kids love.
3. Come up with funny little poems/clues.
I printed slips of paper with cute rhymes and taped them to scrapbook paper and cut them out. Don’t mind the “too” that got cut off in the first clue. Someone (ahem) got a little scissor-happy….
4. Wrap each gift individually.
(Shhhh…It looks like more stuff than it really is. Meaning, they get lots to unwrap!)
I wrapped each gift, then stuck a clue on each, with his card stuffed with 5 packs of Pokeman cards as the “Grand Finale” gift!
5. Send them off!
As soon as they wake up on their birthday morning, have them find the first clue! But do not….and I repeat…do not….leave their first clue where they can find it on their own. Meaning, they’ve got to come to Mom and Dad first to get the fun started. (Edited to add: I did a birthday scavenger hunt with my son when he turned 9 and stupidly left the first clue next to his bed. By the time I woke up, he had found and opened everything! I missed it all! LOL
P.S. Get siblings to help!
………….I have to say that one of the biggest squeals from all the gifts and clues was this homemade printed coupon for a SLEEP OVER WITH MOMMY AND DADDY. Notice the exclusion, though…. HA! If you want to print your own coupons for a scavenger hunt, I used THIS SITE.
When he found his card, he thought it was a riot! LOL. He was also super excited to find all those Pokeman cards in there! I’m pretty sure this was a look of “Wow! Thanks, Mom!” 😉
Tearing up the packs of cards:
I didn’t get too sappy…
Having him go on a birthday card scavenger hunt turned what could have been a “HERE-just-open-these” into an interactive, get-your-brain-cells-moving kind of celebration. And because I only paid $.97 for the card, I was able to buy more odds n’ ends for the hunt!
Updated: July 5, 2017: My little guy is turning 11 today and after doing this first scavenger hunt when he was 8, I’ve since done it every year, including day! His little brothers also get scavenger hunts! 🙂 These are the kind of family traditions that kids will remember. Hope your family enjoys them, too!
What other cool DIY kid’s birthday ideas do you have? Leave a comment below and share!