Toddler Party Favor Ideas

Read on for some fun toddler party favor ideas for your toddler's birthday party.

Planning a toddler's birthday party can be challenging to say the least. There are so many themes and ideas available, and you want to pick the perfect birthday theme for your child. Once you've decided on a theme, you still need to buy the plates, cups, napkins, and cake. You want your child's party to be fun for everyone, and you want the children that attend to be glad they came, so it is important to pick out fun party favors that you can send home with each of the children.

Because children love animals, you might want to stick with a safari or barnyard theme. You could decorate the cake either with jungle animals or farm animals, and coordinate plates, cups, and other accessories accordingly. You could buy bags of plastic or jungle animals and place two or three in a goody bag. Then, for a yummy treat, you could also place a box of animal crackers in each bag. By doing this, the children will have a toy to play with and a fun snack to take home.

If your child is like most children, she loves to play with play dough. Why not have a play dough themed party. Decorate using all the primary colors that play dough comes in, and let the children have fun making play dough objects. Set them in the center of the table for everyone to admire as they eat cake and ice cream. When the party is over, send each child home with a small can of her own play dough.

Speaking of colors, rainbows can make wonderful party decorations. You can have rainbow shapes already cut out on construction paper. Hand the shapes to the party guests and let them decorate their own rainbows. Have strings ready, and hang them from the ceiling. Be sure to decorate the birthday cake with rainbows, and buy coordinated plates, napkins, and cups. You can even tape several crayons together and show the children how to make a rainbow with one stroke. Give each child a package of crayons and a new coloring book to take home.

Turn your yard into a water park. Buy small blow-up or plastic pools for children to splash in. Turn the sprinkler on, and break out the slip and slide. Set up a bubble station, where you blow huge bubbles for the children to try and catch. When it's time to go home, give each child his own bottle of bubbles, so he can continue to have fun at home.

Toddlers and small children are generally sticker crazy, and fortunately for you, stickers are economical. You can buy a huge book of stickers, and then give a page to each child. Plan on purchasing a paper mache mailbox or other small item, and let the children decorate their own mailbox to their heart's content.

Hats make great party favors if they are filled with tasty treats, such as candy and cookies. You can purchase hats to match the theme of the party. If your child loves Bob the Builder, buy plastic construction hats and fill with goodies. You can do the same thing with firemen and policemen hats. If your child loves football, buy some miniature football helmets and place candy or small toys inside.

Little girls love flowers, and a flowered theme is a wonderful way to celebrate a birthday. Decide what type of flower or flowers you want to decorate with, and continue that theme on the tablecloths, cups, napkins, plates, and cake. Purchase small, terra-cotta pots and packets of seed. Let each girl decorate her pot with paints using small sponges to apply the paint with. Fill each pot two-thirds up with soil, and let your little gardeners plant their seeds.

Finally, most children are fascinated with insects, so why not have a bug party? You can decorate with ladybugs, grasshoppers, crickets, butterflies, etc. In addition to the bug-decorated cake, hand out gummy bugs for the children to eat. As party favors, give them each their own little bug nets, and let them run across the yard in search of the perfect bug.

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