13 Awesome Kids Party Goody Bag Ideas

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Being sent home  at the end of a childhood party with a mini bag filled with a napkin-wrapped slice of cake, balloon, Smarties, Fruit Salad and plastic toy that always ended up in the bin, can be more exciting than the party itself.

And for children nowadays it's even better.   Be it princess-themed or alien-esque, these 13 awesome party bag ideas and handmade fillers for kids' parties, prove that party bags have gone up a notch. 

Here's how to wow their friends and parents too...
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1. Alien Party Bags


These alien-themed party bags by blogger  A Diamond in the Stuff, are quick and easy to make and will have the kids saying 'ooooh'.

Shopping list:
–  Green paper bags
–  Googly eyes
–  Green crazy straws
–  Glue stick
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2. Fishy Party Bag

This pet goldfish prize also doubles up as soap, so they can wash their sticky fingers after the party – genius!

Soap Deli News Blog made this one by gently heating clear soap base to 160°F, mixing in a little fragrance oil, then pouring the mixture into a cellophane bag, before popping in a toy goldfish and letting it cool. 

Shopping list:
–  Clear soap base
–  Soap fragrance oil
–  Vinyl goldfish
–  Clear cellophane bags
–  Bakers' twine
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3. DIY Bubble Wands

These colourful bubble wands make blowing bubbles even more fun than usual and they'd be perfect in a rainbow-themed party bag. 

Blogger  Glued To My Crafts made hers by looping a pipe cleaner at the top, threading on multi-coloured beads and bending the end to stop them falling off.

Shopping list:
– Pipe cleaners
–  Colourful beads
–  Bubble mixture
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4. Sweet Cones

Sweet cones layered with retro sweets are all the rage these days, and they're very simple to make.

Take a cellophane cone bag, fill it with lots of different candies and secure the top with a twist tie. They can also be themed using stickers and ribbons.

Shopping list:
–  Retro sweets 
–  Sweet cone bags
–  Twist ties
–  Ribbon
–  Sweet cone stickers
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5. Mini Games

Keep sugar-filled kids quiet on the journey home, by popping  a mini game into their party bag. Their parents will love you for it.

From well-loved retro games such as Ludo (even if we could never work out how to play it) to mini golf sets, you'll find something for every child in our mini games search.
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6. Balloons with a Difference

These balloon heads by blogger  I Heart Nap Time are so squidgy and tactile, they'll keep kids entertained for hours. Plus, they're cheap and easy to make.

Just fill a balloon with Play-Doh and draw on a happy face. Top tip: Roll out lots of little sausage shapes with the Play-Doh so it fits easily through the neck of the balloons.

Shopping list:
–  Balloons
–  Play-Doh
–  Marker pen
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7. Loom Band Pencil Toppers

Kids go mad for loom bands and they're so good for making everything from fishtail bracelets to full on sculptures!

But you don't have to be an expert to make these colourful pencil toppers by blogger  Makes and Takes

Just tie two loom bands together stretch them out and thread them through lots of other loom bands. Secure the ends with a clip and pop your topper onto the end of a pencil.

Shopping list:
–  Loom bands
–  Loom band clips
–  Pencil
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8. Animal Keyrings

How cute are these keyrings by blogger  Rae Ann Kelly? And they'd make great party bag fillers.

Make your own by screwing an eye hook into a plastic animal (after making a small hole with an awl tool). Tie on some bakers' twine, thread on wooden beads and tie onto a keyring.

Shopping list:
– Plastic animal toys
–  Wooden beads
–  Bakers' twine
–  Keyring chains
–  Eye hooks
–  Awl tool
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9. Recycled Crayons

Turn broken crayons into new ones that can be used to fill party bags.

Just pop all your broken crayons into ice cube moulds, making sure all paper casing is removed. Blogger  2 Little Super Heroes used a Lego-themed mould, here.

Bake for 15 minutes and cool before popping them out.

Shopping list:
– Silicone Ice Cube Mould 
–  Wax crayons
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10. Rainbow Slime

This rainbow-coloured slime will brighten up any party bag and provide hours of fun.

Blogger  Mum Dot made hers by mixing 5oz of white school glue with pink, blue, green and yellow food colouring and a tablespoon of warm water.

She mixed half a teaspoon of borax to a cup of water and poured it into the glue mixture and stirred and stirred until, well, slimy.

Shopping list:
–  White school glue
–  Borax
–  Food colouring
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11. Princess Favours

These princess-themed treats by blogger  Crafty Morning are actually made from baby food jars, would you believe?

Paint the lid of a clean, empty baby food jar and stick on a plastic crown. Fill the jar with pink smarties or sweets and screw the lid back on. Easy!

Shopping list:
– Baby food jars
–  Pink acrylic paint
–  Mini plastic tiaras
–  Pink Smarties
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12. Pirate Booty Bag

A pirate-themed party wouldn't be complete without these rustic booty bags, by blogger  The Boy And Me

Fill yours with coins, gem rings and an eye patch.

Shopping list:
– Small hessian bags
–  Chocolate coins
–  Plastic gem rings
–  Pirate eye patch
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13. Crafty Party Bags

Party bags filled with plastic toys that break after one go are such a waste. 

Give them something useful, and try this idea from blogger  Mixbook - a cellophane bag filled with lots of crafty goodies, tied up with colourful ribbon. 

Be sure to shop around for cheap items to keep your costs down.

Shopping list:
– Clear cellophane bags
–  Wax crayons
–  Kids' watercolour paint set
–  Safety plastic scissors
–  Mini colouring books
–  Ribbon
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