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7 Fun Ways To Surprise Your Kids

November 27, 2017

Thank you Kinder Joy for sponsoring this post!

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.

Weekly Treat

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.

Game Night

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?

Sleep Overs

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?

Scavenger Hunt

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.

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  • Reply Ashley Blocker November 28, 2017 at 6:40 am

    My daughters favorite treat when she gets home from school is an ice cream sandwich. There are many times I have to choose not to buy any on our shopping trips because she will try to eat one ice cream sandwich a day. I’m crossing my fingers for this giveaway because not only is my birthday coming up, but I’ve been itching to try the tangle teaser. aeblocker@gmail.com

  • Reply Shauna Bush November 28, 2017 at 6:43 am

    Thank you for this blog post, as it was filled with very informative information. This was my first time learning of Kinder Joy and I plan on purchasing it for my grandsons. I think it’s important to reward children with treats to praise them for a job well done. In addition, treats also reinforces good behavior and encourages children to continue doing a great job.

  • Reply Genevieve Onwumere November 28, 2017 at 6:46 am

    Hi Jenell! For the past 2 years Ive2 been following you primarily for healthy living now I follow you for beauty as well as mom lifestyle! I love what you do with your kids and how you make their childhood so enriched with experiences….I am excited to start a Christmas tradition in our home for my three little ones…my daughter is super excited to pick out the treee and make cookies for our caroling night…even my husband who grew up in Nigeria is excited to start the tradition in our home! Happy holidays!!!

  • Reply Tieasha Samuels November 28, 2017 at 7:49 am

    Great ways of rewarding or surprising the kiddos. We give our kids allowance for doing well in school & continuing that good behavior @ home after school. I love the game night idea. Arts & crafts are always a hit with mine as well 🙂

    Nov 28

  • Reply Amenia R. November 28, 2017 at 9:24 am

    First let me say thank you for all the great ideas and suggestions. I am a stay at home mom as well and it’s very important to me that I bond with my two year old son. He loves to play with puzzles even though I get stuck putting it together.His favorite treat is everything thing that’s good lol. So I have to hide the candy. Like you I give my son 1 treat during the week. But it’s hard because he throws a temper tantrum when it’s done and wants more. I like the concept of the kinder treats because it will save me from the temper tantrum and he gets two prizes.(amenia91@gmail.com)

  • Reply Mahva J. November 28, 2017 at 9:28 am

    I’ve never created a specific time for treats at home. Neither of my children is very young, so it’s been quite a while since I’ve really given it much thought. My son is a teen who eats all the time, so everything is a treat to him. I do restrict the amount of candy, ice cream, and sweet things he eats, as much as possible. It’s important to me that he understands that he can get more bang out of calories that count more and still have something delicious. Because I’ve lost a lot of weight and am still losing the remainder I want gone, I limit the treats I have and will only have something if I REALLY want it AND have the calories left to indulge in the treat. Otherwise, It’s a no-go.

  • Reply Zena-Maria Fletcher November 28, 2017 at 10:00 am

    My kids usually get treats from their teachers every week based on how they behaved in class. Thanks for the info. I think my kids would appreciate a weekly reward

  • Reply Tatiana November 28, 2017 at 10:57 am

    My daughter loves doing water color and playing with play doh. I recently thought about getting some balloons just for fun. It’s a quick and easy way for her to have fun and release some energy. She also really like the blow horn things that kids use at birthday parties. So we pick those up every now and then as well. I really like that kinder joy treat. Honestly, I never thought too much on how to reward my child intentionally like this. Thank you for the post.

  • Reply Damesha Wise November 28, 2017 at 11:22 am

    Can I just say thanks for brodening our horizons and helping us get back to the basics of building a great family. I love how you invite us in to your family along with giving us great nuggets. In my family we are big on “togetherness”. Although my son is two and a half we still incorporate weekly family night, game night, movie night, park time, outside time, etc. I will certainly keep in mind the scheduled kinder joy treats since my son is still pretty young. Great tips, points, and values! drich7888@gmail.com

  • Reply Toshi November 28, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    I usually give my kids physical treats, like trips to an amusement park. We made a gingerbread house last year. This year I want to make the gingerbread from scratch. We haven’t had a scavenger hunt or habe night yet. Totally need to try those.


  • Reply Onyinye Elochukwu November 28, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    My son knows that if he’s been good for some time he’ll get a special treat. He knows they are not for every day. Occasionally we surprise him with treats. He’s usually very excited when I join him in playing some of his favorite games. He even tries to educate me on how to play…lol.

  • Reply Kejuan November 30, 2017 at 8:45 am

    I appreciate this post because sometimes I lose focus on giving my kids the attention they need. Recently I’ve encouraged my husband to do a guy night with our 5year old son. Every Friday they get to go to do something together. The smile on my sons face was priceless.

    I will definitely incorporate family games into our lifestyle.

    Thanks for this blog post.

  • Reply Lisa Favre December 5, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    Scavenger hunts are the absolute best! It’s nice to see kids get challenged and really think to get their final prize. Loving your list but am especially loving the scavenger hunt idea.

  • Reply Jenn @ EngineerMommy December 5, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    These are great tips on surprising the kids in a fun way. We like to do Family Game Nights once per week and try out some new games together. We also do scavenger hunts out in the backyard. My kids also love the Kinder Eggs – I totally need to get some as stocking stuffers.

  • Reply Melanie December 5, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    I have heard of the Kinder Eggs, but I have never had one. I do not think I have ever even noticed them in store. Are these the ones that were not allowed in the US for a while but now they are?

  • Reply Censie Sawyer December 5, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    Perfect ideas! Kids love surprises….at least mine do. We are surprising our kids with Disney on Ice this week. THey are going to FREAK!! I love seeing the surprise in their faces. Fun parenting!

  • Reply Melissa Dixon December 6, 2017 at 7:40 am

    I need to plan a scavenger hunt! That would be so much fun for the whole family. I bet if I hid a few toys, even the dog would take part in it. I love the idea of getting everyone in on it and planning it for the weekend. I am going to do just that, thanks for the inspiration!

  • Reply Catalina December 6, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    These are all ideas that my kids love! They love to do different activities. The favorite one is crafting! Every evening they craft something for somebody!

  • Reply Donna December 6, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    Wow! Wish I would have had parents like you – I loved keeping active and in groups with others! Never heard of Kinder and didn’t know it is one of the most popular chocolate brands in the world – I’ll be on the lookout now! 🙂

  • Reply Bites for Foodies December 7, 2017 at 8:05 am

    We live in Italy so you can imagine how many places we can find Kinder eggs! They’re hardly a ‘surprise’ to my kids anymore lol! I do appreciate how they are small, and the kids seems to be satisfied with that amount of sugar!

  • Reply Marie December 8, 2017 at 8:24 am

    My kids love Kinder Überraschungsei (surprise egg in german)…and all the other chocolate selections of Ferrero for kids. It was a hit back in the days (they’ve grown now). So we did most of all that you listed except sleepovers lol. They did had a few that could be counted with the fingers in one hand. 🙂 Great list!

  • Reply Roch December 9, 2017 at 7:37 am

    You’re an awesome parent! Bonding time with kids regardless of the activity is always a joyful time, one to be cherished, especially when it comes as a surprise for them. What’s your kids’ favorite things to do out of all these?

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