When William turned one, I did a post on first birthday party favors (swag bags!). It got a good response, so I decided to do one for William’s second birthday, as well. Goody bags can be pretty tricky. I knew I didn’t want to fill the bags with junk as I hate receiving those. (Seriously, who needs more junk at their house?) I also didn’t want it to be filled with candy because… well, they’re toddlers, and I find that unnecessary. So what could I put in the party favors that would be useful, not too expensive, and toddlers would like?
William’s second birthday party was at a gym, so I didn’t feel the need to make his goody bags themed. That helped since I wasn’t limited at all with what could go inside. I had about 25 kiddos at his party. I used clear treat bags; these cost hardly anything and I like that you could see inside them because the kids (or parents) could choose which color of some of the items they want. Not that it’s a big deal, but choice is nice if possible.
The main item in the goody bags were bath crayons from Nuby. These alone could have been the party favors as I feel like they’re pretty substantial. Nuby has AWESOME bath toys (and other products!), but these bath crayons are especially fun and perfect for toddlers. William is very into coloring and drawing right now, so bringing crayons into the bathtub is so much fun!
Don’t worry, mommas! These Nuby bath crayons are easy to clean! In fact, William has just as much fun wiping away the crayon as he does drawing with them! (It’s easiest and best to wipe up right away… which William is very happy about!) Even my niece and nephew who are a few years older than William appreciated these bath crayons. One pack lasts us a long time, especially when I give William just one crayon at a time to use. Amazon and Babies R Us both have tons of Nuby bath items, in addition to lots of other great products!
Other items in goody bag:
Stickers! What kiddo of any age doesn’t like stickers? I put a sheet of sports stickers (William’s favorite!) in each goody bag. Sometimes when we’re out to dinner, I will bring a sheet of stickers for William to play with. It keeps him busy and is good for his fine motor skills when he works to peel off each sticker.
Pop Toobs! Again, something else that is so great for toddlers and older kids. You can pull them apart and they become really long and then push them back together again. They make a funny noise when you do this. You can twist them and attach them together if you have more than one, or you can make a circle with just one. It’s awesome because they really foster kids’ imagination as they can get creative with them. Pop Toobs come in all different colors, too!
Bubbles! Another all kid favorite. I got “Birthday Bubbles” from Bubble World, and they’re extra fun because the top has a little maze with a tiny ball.
Snacks! Giving out a snack is always a good idea since everyone needs to eat.
Like I said before, I didn’t want to put in candy, so I chose Earth’s Best Organic Sunny Days Snack Bars. These are great since eight come in a package, so just a few boxes were necessary. William is a picky eater, but he loves these bars. Some other reasons why these bars are wonderful:
- Made with real strawberries
- No hydrogenated oils – no trans fat
- Made with no Genetically Engineered Ingredients
- No artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives
- Contains calcium, B Vitamins, iron, and zinc
Snack bars are perfect to throw in your bag for an on-the-go snack.
So I’d like to think I did a pretty good job with William’s second birthday goody bags. Several parents told me they appreciated and loved everything in the party favors!
What are other good ideas for toddler party favors?
Disclaimer – Nuby and Earth’s Best provided their items at no charge in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.