The Birthday Game

Today, I wanted to share about a fun, rainy-day game we play.  We call it “The Birthday Game.”  It’s a fun game because it’s very versatile and uses things that you already have.

The game got started when we were playing with a foam puzzle like this one:

The boys love to make them into a box.  So I started taking the top off and adding a small toy inside, and then the exchange goes something like this (it’s kind of like a knock-knock joke in that the exchange/responses are always the same):

Me: I have a surprise for you;
Child: For me?
Me: Yep :)
Child: What is it?
Me: Open it and see.

And then they open it and gasp (they get so excited, you’d think it was a “real” present! lol)….”Oh wow, it’s________” (Francesco, Lighning, buzz action figure, dinosaur toy…basically whatever would fit in our small box.)

This is also a great game to play on a long drive.  I brought our foam puzzle pieces and some small toys.  They each made a box in their seats and handed them up to the front and I filled their boxes with surprises…over, and over, and over!

Our game has grown and now we use a gift bag, and we’ve used it for homeschooling as well.  Here are some ideas:

-Alphabet birthday (fill a gift bag with toys/snacks that start with a particular letter)
-Number birthday (put a certain number of items in the bag)
-Community birthday (fill gift bag w/ toys related to jobs throughout community–fire fighter, police, ambulance, etc.)
-Color Birthday (fill bag with items of a certain color)
-Book time
-Animals
-Nature Items

The possibilities are endless, and you can change it based on whatever you’re learning.

My boys enjoy this game so much that they now play it completely independently, filling bags for one another.

Here is a little video of a recent “Birthday Game” where Caeden prepared Logan a movie birthday.

Does your family have any fun or silly made up games?

 

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  1. says

    My children love to do this! At Christmas, it becomes a game of giving Christmas gifts to each other. I love how it teaches generosity and thoughtfulness for what the recipient might like.

    • Crystal says

      That’s neat, Meghan. I didn’t think about it encouraging thoughtfulness, but it really does because they do enjoy putting one another’s favorite toys in there and searching for things the other would like.

  2. says

    that is so cute!!! I will have to try this with my son. He loves “hiding” things right now, so I think this would be a huge hit with him. Thanks for the idea!!!

  3. Sharon Hamilton Fleming says

    Hi! Visiting from Titus 2sday at Cornerstone Confessions. Any day (any moment) I'm going to be called to take care of our 1 1/2 year old granddaughter when our daughter-in-law goes into labor. I'll be alone with her for 2 days and looking forward to all kinds of games with her. This will be a fun one!

  4. says

    Hi! Visiting from Titus 2sday at Cornerstone Confessions.

    Any day (any moment) I’m going to be called to take care of our 1 1/2 year old granddaughter when our daughter-in-law goes into labor. I’ll be alone with her for 2 days and looking forward to all kinds of games with her. This will be a fun one!

  5. says

    Hi! Visiting from Titus 2sday at Cornerstone Confessions.

    Any day (any moment) I’m going to be called to take care of our 1 1/2 year old granddaughter when our daughter-in-law goes into labor. I’ll be alone with her for 2 days and looking forward to all kinds of games with her. This will be a fun one!

    • Crystal says

      Yay! Sharon that sounds fun :) I’m sure it’s such a blessing for them to have you! (I know that I was very appreciative when my Mother-in-law did that same thing). If you try it, let me know how it goes over.

  6. Sarah says

    We make up goofy games and songs to go with practically everything. Love the idea and will be adding it to our family fun.

    Kinda of liking our momma notes. I do hope you’ll join us again and link up. Wanna join us? Slip your fave recipe, notes of encouragement, birthday pics, all things gloriously mom, into the link up. Just moms. Sharing our notes. Creating a melody.

    http://justsarahdawn.blogspot.com/2013/06/the-new-to-do.html

    Be blessed bunches,
    Sarah

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