10 Fun Ways to Surprise Your Kids and Make Their Day!

10 Fun Ways to Surprise Your Kids and Make Their Day!

Fun ideas for putting a smile on your kids’ faces and truly surprising them.


By: Lorraine Allen

These days, most kids’ lives are filled with one responsibility or activity after the other, from school to homework, to sports games and playdates. And the months can fly by pretty quickly this way, without anything too exciting, uplifting, or really fun happening at home. So here to inspire you are 10 really silly, easy ways for you to surprise your kids and put a smile on their faces, anytime, any day.

1. Slip a very funny picture of you, their dad, or someone they love in their lunch box. (A picture from when you were young is especially funny to kids.)

2. Invent a magical, imaginary fairy or creature and pretend it has started visiting your home. Leave funny notes and exciting clues for your kids and family from this creature.

3. Have a “backwards” day. Walk backwards, serve dinner for breakfast, and start with dessert first. Put your shirt on backwards. Say “good night” instead of “good morning” when they wake up, and so on. It’s a fun game, and they’ll laugh about it all day.

4. When you’re running their bath or making their bed, blow up some balloons and put them in there. They’ll have a blast swimming -- or floating off to sleep -- surrounded by them.

5. Make funny-face sticky notes and put them in surprising spots, like on their pillow, in their drawers, on their plates, in their notebooks, etc.

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6. Tell them that you have a strange feeling this day is going to be LUCKY. Then place very shiny pennies (or something else that signals good luck in your family) in surprising places, like inside their shoes, on your doorstep, or on their car seats. Or in the fridge or fish tank.

7. Arrange a surprise somewhere around the house. Spell out your child’s name with marbles or stuffed toys, or with berries and chocolate on their breakfast plates, for instance.

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8. Be inspired by the French Galette des Rois (King Cake), and bake something delicious, like banana bread or a pie, and hide a small surprise inside, such as a small porcelain or plastic trinket. Whoever gets the piece with the surprise inside gets to be queen or king for the day. (Have a crown ready to crown them, too.)

9. Refer to your child -- and treat her -- as royalty for a day, from the moment she wakes up, and grant her every reasonable wish, with a bow. She’ll be amused and feel really special.

10. Make your kid a silly trophy out of something he likes, maybe jelly beans or marshmallows or fruit. Tell him it’s an award for reaching 2,593 days old (or however many days old he is that day). He’ll be surprised and really tickled.

Have you ever surprised your kids in silly, unexpected ways?



Lorraine Allen is a writer, and mom and personal chef to one spunky 6-year-old girl with severe food allergies. You can enjoy their delicious recipes and follow their amusing family cooking adventures at Feeding Lina.

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