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Reader Annie says, “I would love some ideas for great party favors for children ages 3 to 8.”
Well, you’re in luck! My sister, and kids’-party touchstone, has an 8-year-old and a 4-year-old (and a 1-year-old and another due at the end of the month). Needless to say, she’s seen her share of party favors and has your demo nailed. Here are some ideas she passed along as to what she’s seen and her kids have loved:
- Favors that go with the party’s theme: At an all-Sponge-Bob bash, parents gave the children little bags of sponge capsules. Apparently, they’re still a hit — my nieces couldn’t wait to toss them in the sink and watch them morph. Likewise, if you’re throwing a pirate-themed party, send the kids home with bags of booty in the form of foil-wrapped chocolate coins. Or for a princess theme, hand out sparkly scepters.
- Craft projects: Multitask by planning a party activity where the children make their own party favors. They can string leis, color Shrinky Dinks, decorate sugar cookies... the possibilities are endless. For my 8-year-old niece’s birthday, each kid got to decorate a foam visor with his or her name on it. Seriously, these were the Hannah Montana of party favors — the kids went nuts for them.
- Anything that flashes, bounces or makes noise: When in doubt, stick with the classics. Toys like kazoos, mini flashlights and punch balls are popular for a reason — kids love them! So if you’re strapped for time or short on cash, head to a party supply and go with what you know.
To make sure your favors go off without a hitch, remember to keep them gender-neutral (unless it’s a no-boys/girls-allowed shindig) and as identical as possible so you won’t have to deal with drama of favor envy.