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What better way to make your day than to see your children happy and smiling? It honestly takes so little for kids to be happy, that you could literally just tickle them a few minutes and they’ll be on there way to happiness for the rest of the day. Now imagine if you surprised them with a Kinder Joy treat that is like no other. It’s a delicious treat on one side and an exciting surprise toy on the other. Yes, I said toy. If you wish to surprise your bundle of joy from time to time give them a Kinder Joy treat along with my list of fun surprises and you’ll be well on your way to making their childhood the best period of their life.
Every Friday we give our children a treat. We recognize that they are doing very well at school, at home and in their extracurricular activities. If you follow me on social media you’ve watched the videos of Joel’s amazing kicks and punches at TaeKwonDo practice, but did you know he attends class for 45-90 minutes 4 days a week. And Elle is in ballet 1x a week, swimming 1x a week and gymnastics 2x a week for 1.5 hours of training each day. They are really good kids and I can’t take their hard work for granted. To celebrate them we give them a Kinder Joy treat on Fridays.
Kinder is one of the most popular chocolate brands in the world, and they are finally here in the US with the launch of Kinder Joy! I assure you Kinder Joy is a treat like no other –my kids can’t get enough of these delicious treats and neither can I to be honest. It’s a delicious treat for kids 3 years of age and older –and moms. On one side and an exciting surprise toy on the other, bringing a whole new level of surprise for parents and kids alike! Kinder Joy comes in a plastic egg-shaped packaging that is comprised of two separately sealed halves. One half contains two soft creamy layers – one milk-crème flavored and one cocoa flavored. Nestled into the creamy layers are two round, chocolate-covered wafer bites that are filled with sweet cocoa cream. This is all to be eaten with the included spoon. The other half of the egg contains a surprise toy that my kids put together on their own and play with throughout the week.
This is the ultimate way to surprise your kids and they will do anything you ask of them knowing a Kinder Joy treat is upon the horizon.
YOUR TURN: Share the treats you share with your children to celebrate their achievements.
Family bonding is important, we make sure we work on it every day. But if you want to bring a surprise to your week pull out the board games, puzzles, and fun games. The surprise is in having a game night when they least expect it. Some of our favorite games are Hungry Hungry Hippo, Trouble, Sorry, and Old Maid. Joel and Elle also love puzzles and we put them together as a family often. He has puzzles that feature Transformers, dinosaurs, farm animals, trains, the map of the USA, the map of the world and a few more that I can’t think of right now. Our favorite fun games involve dancing to music. We put on the Learning With Hip Hop album and we follow the music cues on how to march around the house.
YOUR TURN: What is the last game you played with your children?
When you were a child weren’t sleep overs all the rage? Reintroduce the childhood tradition with your children. Arrange a sleepover at your home, and let them invite a couple of their best friends. Set up the sleeping bags, pop some popcorn, make warm holiday drinks and pop in a movie. Your children will be so happy! And I’m sure child’s friends parents will thank you for the night of freedom and may even return the favor. Recently my son’s TaeKwonDo Do Jung held a sleepover for the students, their siblings and friends. They stayed up late having pizza, playing dodge ball, tag, and they watched a movie. Joel and Elle had so much fun!
There’s something about balloons that manages to instantly cheer up kids if they’re feeling low. Anytime my kids see a balloon they immediately want one. But we often save balloons for their birthdays, right? How much fun would it be if you spent an hour or less blowing up about 20 balloons and filled their rooms with them? Do it while they are away or while they are asleep at night so when they come home or wake up they can completely surprised by the whole thing!
Stay Up Late
Every child likes to feel grown up. Letting them stay up late does just that. Here’s a fun list of things your kids can do if you surprise your kids with the extra hours: Build a castle with blocks, play with the toys they’ve collected in their Kinder Joy eggs, listen to an audio story, Build a tent in their rooms, watch their favorite movie for the 2,345,892 time. When you do let them stay up late the key is to let them know and make it a big deal that they’re getting a special privilege.
Arts & Crafts
A great way to tap into your kids creativity, family bonding, and home décor is through arts and crafts. There’s always a reason or a season to pull out the markers, glitter, construction paper and glue. You can find many resources online and pinterest with craft ideas. I usually check out my local craft store to see what they’ve got going on as well. For Mother’s Day I purchased small canvas boards, paint, brushes, stencils and themed stickers from the craft store. My husband and kids created the cutest Mother’s Day gifts. Also for the fall I came up with a fun idea to decorate pumpkins. I found the funniest pumpkin decorating sticker kits, grabbed a few craft pumpkins, and 3 stacks of straw. We stuck on the funny pumpkin faces and bedazzled the pumpkins with glue and created beautiful decorations for our front steps.
YOUR TURN: What holiday crafts can you make with your children?
When’s the last time you did a scavenger hunt? Possibly Easter? Well I’m not talking searching for eggs, unless they are Kinder Joy eggs of course. I’m talking a good old fashioned scavenger hunt inclusive of a map. Bundle your little ones up and get them outside and moving even in the winter! You can set up a scavenger hunt where they have to find the items you hide outside in your yard like a shoe, toys, a book, Kinder Joy eggs, and other random items. Or you can create a map or sheet of things they would find in nature and they check off a box when they find it like an ant, pinecone, bird, rock, red leaf and so on. Here’s a backyard scavenger hunt print out for a fun surprise.
I love having fun with my children, but nothing beats the joy they have when I surprise them with one of these activities or treats. Just let them enjoy the things that makes them happy, and they’ll be forever grateful. Sometimes it’s worth breaking a couple of rules just to see that adorable smile on their faces.