Planning a kids’ birthday party can be a lot of work. First, you decide on a theme, and then you pick a venue or opt to have it at your home. And a few hundred dollars later, you have a much bigger and more elaborate celebration than you ever intended in the first place. Still, it’s a small price to pay to be able to give your child one party per year. And one thing that goes along with a kids’ birthday party is a solid goody bag. Regardless of the amount of kids you expect at the party, you are going to want to be familiar with these goody bag ideas for your kid’s next birthday party.
It can be a daunting task, especially because a lot of birthday party treat bag sets include little trinkets kids might throw out when they get home anyway. Making the right goody bags for your kid’s birthday party means teetering on a fine line between spending too much and including useless items. Hopefully these goody bag ideas can make your kid’s next birthday party a little more stress-free.
1. A DIY Slime Kit
Some of the parents of the kids at your party might not love having alike in their homes, but kids love the stuff. And a prepackaged slime kit can provide tons of fun for kids of all ages.
Depending on the time of year when you throw your party, sunglasses can be a big hit in goody bags. Plus, you can buy packs of them in an assortment of colors to dole out in treat bags.
Stickers are another goody bag filler that some parents might not love. There is always the possibility of kids sticking them on the walls or on furniture, but they can make for creativity in the place of a sugary snack in your goody bags.
4. A Wooden Painting Craft
Whether you choose a small birdhouse or something else kids can put on display, a small wooden painting kit is another alternative to junk food that you might otherwise use to fill your goody bags.
5. Small Bagged Puzzle
If you can find a small enough bagged puzzle to add to your goody bags, it’s a way to add something that looks like a toy, but is more for learning. You can even find one that’s on theme with your specific party.
6. Plastic Slinkies
Small plastic slinkies can typically be found in multi-packs, which makes them perfect for stuffing in party goody bags. While traditional metal slinkies might be more versatile, these are small enough to fit in most bags and are a lot safer for little ones.
7. Wind-Up Toys
You can also go back to the basics with small wind-up toys. Sure, they might end up in the bottom of a dozen toy boxes, but they might also be something some kids have never seen before in an age of tablets and video games.
8. Sidewalk Chalk
If you’re having a winter party, sidewalk chalk might not be the best goody bag addition. But it’s a fun outdoor activity for the other seasons throughout the year and you can’t really go wrong with chalk for little ones of various ages.
9. S’more Supplies
If you have a camping or summer-themed party, then the left way to fill the goody bags is to add a bunch of s’more supplies to each one.
10. Temporary Tattoos
Removable tattoos come in multipacks to make it a little easier to buy them in bulk and divvy them up between all of your bags.
11. Small Books
If you want to stay away from seemingly senseless toys and sugary treats in your goody bags, then small books might be the way to go. A small book is one goody bag filler option that kids can legitimately get use out of.
Little foam or plastic face masks are the perfect option if you are having a costume party. Of course you will have to hand out goody bags at the start of the party, but that just means you’ll get to see how much the party guests enjoy their goodies.
13. Fidget Spinners
Fidget spinners might not be as popular as they were a couple of years ago, but they are still loved by kids of different ages. You can even buy mini versions or ones with characters to match your specific party theme.
14. Small Lego Packs
Buying a small set of Legos for every party guest could get a little pricey. But you’d better believe your kid will be everyone’s new favorite friend if they include small figurine bags of Legos in each goody bag at their party.
Whether you decide to put together a goody bag that is on theme with your kid’s birthday party or opt for something that is a modge podge of fun toys and candy is totally up to you. At the end of the day, all that matters is that your kid had the birthday they wanted and you didn’t drive yourself too bonkers with a dozen screaming kids running around.