3 Fun Alternatives to Lolly Bags
It is a well-known and loved tradition to give a lolly bag as a take home gift after a children’s birthday party. But after eating the cake, chips and other special party treats, more sugar is probably the last thing parents want to take home!
So why not try one of these fun, and most importantly sugar-free alternatives to the lolly bag at your next birthday party?
1. Create a take-home pot plant
This might sound like a lot of time, effort and money, but this activity can turn out to be less work and lighter on your pockets than lolly bags.
All you need to do is pick up a bag of potting mix (under $5 from some nurseries), some Styrofoam mugs (a few dollars from Coles/Woolworths), coloured texters and some seeds (again, less than $5 from Bunnings). During the party, you can help the kids decorate their cup, spoon in the potting mix and plant their seed! You can make this activity as complex or as basic as you like by adding goggle eyes, pipe cleaners, straw and glitter. Kids love craft and being involved in making something new, so why not try this idea that will last a whole lot longer than a bag of treats.
2. Activity Pack
Depending on the theme of your party, an activity pack can be a great way to send your guests home, and keep the kids (and parents!) happy on the car trip.
You can pick up little packets of toys at any good party store, and you can tailor them to suit the theme of your party. You may want to include little parachute men, rubiks cubes or push-tile puzzles for boys, or a colouring in book, plastic jewellery or a skipping rope for girls. Other ideas include hair clips, whistles, magic wands, glow sticks, dress-up masks, water pistols, bouncy balls, plastic animals and erasers.
If you wanted to add the element of fun to this idea, give the kids a brown paper bag that they can decorate, and put on a treasure hunt around the yard to find these toys. Make sure that you keep a few spare (possibly even as a lucky dip) for kids that might miss out.
3. Homemade Playdoh
It may sound too hard, but it really isn’t and it’s highly likely that all the ingredients are already in your pantry!
All you need to do is mix in ½ cup of salt, 1 cup plain flour, 2tbs cream of tartar, 1 cup water, 1 tbs oil and 4-5 drops of food colouring of your choice into a medium sized saucepan and combine over a low heat until the dough is pliable. Once it is cooled, divide into zip lock bags. This recipe can keep in the fridge for up to 6 months. You may wish to choose colours that are related to the theme of your party. Once you realise how easy this is, you might even want to create a rainbow of colours.