Create an easy birthday countdown with balloons containing little surprises, ready to be popped in the lead up to the big day!
I wrote out some really easy-to-achieve activity ideas for each day of the week preceding the birthday, including one really special outing (the cinema with Daddy!) For the final day, on Birthday Eve as we call it, the note said we would have a movie night with popcorn and open one present from under the Birthday Tree!
I found some small sweets (you could use healthier snacks too, of course) and some stickers that I could fold up. Into each balloon went one surprise ticket/note, 2 sweets and 2 stickers. To get them in they needed to be rolled up and slipped into the neck of the balloon before inflating.
The first thing that Cakie mentioned every morning was her birthday surprise balloons and she came rushing downstairs, asking to pop them! The great thing about doing this before they can read, is that you can change your mind about what the papers say if needed!
You may also like to see our Birthday Tree tradition too!