30+ Easy & Inexpensive Family Traditions

I am always looking for fun little traditions to start for my boys.  I have these lofty dreams that boys will have fond memories of these traditions for the rest of their lives.  Maybe not, but I’ll try.  Of course it has to be ideas that don’t cost a lot of money, or take a ton of effort.

So these are some of my favourites from Pinterest…

How awesome would this be for a superhero crazed birthday boy. Thanks to  Secrets of a Super Mommy for bringing us this awesome idea.

This takes the fill the birthday boys room with balloons to another level.  With this one avoision attached little notes about the birthday child  to each string.

What birthday child wouldn’t love to have these special pancakes on their birthday from Food Family & Finds

20 Birthday Questions to ask each year!  Place in binder with a picture of the birthday child each year. There are lots of examples out there but this cute one is from Knapp News.

Sneak in and fill their room with balloons. Source  Crafty Moods.

Found this great balloon avalanche on Pinterest

See Jane Blog had the Easter bunny deliver these magic beans.  Her kids planted them and waited for the candy to grow.

Gluesticks Gluesticks reused those plastic eggs and filled them with food instead.  What a great idea for Easter  lunch.  Hide around the house and let the kids discover their own lunch.

eighteen 25 has free downloads for this You’ve Been Egged idea.  Take a couple of dozen plastic eggs fill them with candy and sneak over to a neighbours, scatter them on their front lawn and run like crazy!

Crazy About My Baybah used baby powder to leave Easter Bunny footprints throughout the house.

This one may be an obvious tradition, but be sure to be creative with your elf.  Pinterest is filled with hundreds of hilarious things to do with your elf.  Also check out flickr for more fantastic ideas. You can purchase your own Elf on the Shelf for $24.95 at Amazon.  This tradition is a must.

Did you know that the US Postal Service offers North Pole Postmark? How cool is that.

After Santa eats all the cookies and milk you have left out for him, let him leave a little thank you note for your kids.  This free printable is from Erin Vale Design.com.

Have your kids choose ten old toys to put in their Santa bags. Leave the bags under the tree on Christmas Eve. Santa takes the old toys back to the North Pole  (aka Goodwill) to fix them up and he leaves new toys in the bag. New toys are unwrapped in the bag.  Great way to declutter, recycle old toys, and teach the kids about giving rather than receiving.

Speckled Egg.com created this fun Surprise Snowball for Christmas morning.  Gather up some small toys and wrap white crepe paper adding more toys as you go.  We did this this past Christmas and I think my 3-year-old loved this more than anything else.

Capture the Magic Upload a picture of your room and Capture the Magic inserts and image of either Santa, the Easter Bunny, or the Tooth Fairy.  3 Photos for $9.95.

Not So Idle Hands used baking soda and glitter to leave these Santa footprints.

Organize Your Stuff Now made the most adorable glitter key to leave for Santa.  Great for a home without a chimney!

Shell in Your Pocket  does the Minivan Express each year.  On Christmas Eve leave the Minivan Express ticket on your kids beds.  Have them put on their new Christmas pj’s and get in the minivan.  Waiting for them on their seat is popcorn, hot chocolate and those cool 3-D glasses to look at the lights.  Then drive around your town admiring all the pretty Christmas lights.  We did this last year and the boys loved it.

Hip Lip Blog has a free printable to start a “You’ve Been Elfed” throughout your neighbourhood.

Big D & Me is so organized that she has Santa mail her kids the book that they will read on Christmas Eve.  That’s some impressive organization!

Special treat for the kids.

Countdown to midnight, balloons with notes inside.  Each hour let the kids pop a balloon and do whatever activity is written on the note. Real Life, Real Estate, Real Dana

These dinner rolls from How Does She are not only delicious, but also include a little note inside each roll that includes something that your family is grateful for.

Parents Connect used an inexpensive white table-cloth and every year has each family member write what they are thankful for.  Bring it out each year. I think this would be so funny to see over the years what your kids are thankful for.

The Fickle Pickle has her kids set up a leprechaun trap each year.

Green milk

Add a little tooth fairy door next to your kids bed.

Fairy Glitter Money from Ten Kids and a Dog

Teeny Tiny Tooth Fairy Note from Leafcutter Designs

Ding Dong, we left you a treat, now  pass it along.  Great way to get to know your neighbours.  It’s written on the Walls has 16 different versions of this, so you can easily find one that works for you and your neighbours.

Create Your Own Holiday!  Brilliant.  That’s so Cuegly deemed August 20 at Doughnut Day in their house.  What kid wouldn’t love that holiday.

Have you started any traditions with your family?  I’d love to hear what they are!

10 thoughts on “30+ Easy & Inexpensive Family Traditions

  1. This year we began a negotiation on halloween with our 3-year-old son. After he counted out all his candy (53) he had the option to keep the candy, or trade it in for a brand new toy. He chose the toy.

    We thought about doing the switch witch idea (same concept as tooth fairy with candy) but then realized it would just be one more disappointing character once he found out there’s no switch witch – plus not all the kids do it, making it more confusing. This way he gets a business lesson, and keeps cavities away.

  2. how fun. I especially love the Thanksgiving “fortunes”. I love traditions for holidays. You should post about what some of yours are!

  3. I think I must be the last person on Earth to learn about Elf on the Shelf. I didn’t even know what it was until a few days before Christmas 2011! Definitely gonna get one this year.

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