I made these party favours for Thanksgiving this year, but they would work for Fall birthdays or Halloween too. They would make perfect jack o’lanterns with faces drawn on them with a black Sharpie!
We only had adults this year at Thanksgiving so I had a hard time thinking of things that adults would enjoy that would fit into a balloon. I put in a paper hat, a lotto ticket rolled up and a pair of googly eye magnets in each balloon. If you are making these party favors for children there’s so many different things that would be easy to add:
- Small wrapped candies and gum
- Temporary tattoos
- Glow stick
- Magic Grow capsules (as long as the kids know they aren’t for eating!)
- Themed pens or pencils
- Shaped erasers
- Costume jewelry
- Small toys (Shopkins would be perfect for this!)
- Lip gloss
The trick to getting your items into the balloon is to stretch the opening of the balloon, and have it held open while you put in your treats. To do this I cut a plastic bottle into a funnel. Try finding a bottle with a mouth that is as wide as possible, it will make putting in the treats easier. I used a Boost bottle.
After I had slid everything inside I blew up the balloon. It take a bit of practice, especially if you’ve added things that are a bit longer, like the rolled up lotto tickets or pens/pencils. irst shake everything down into the bottom of the balloon as much as possible, then pull the neck of the balloon to lengthen it. After blowing it up, tie off the end. I added green curling ribbon to make it look like vines on the pumpkin.
Here are the finished Pumpkin Popper party favours! They’re easy to customize, you can easily change up the treats for different occasions, themes or ages.
If you don’t want to pop them open (especially if you have younger guests who may be afraid of the noise of popping balloons) you can hold the neck of the balloon with one hand and cut a small snip into it with scissors. This will let all the air out, and then you can cut the top off to get the goodies that are inside!
What items would you add if you were making these party favours?
I love October! Halloween has always been one of my favourite holidays and when October hits I start looking at everything through a Halloween coloured lens. So when I saw these fun coloured googly eyes at the dollar store my first thought was that they look like monster eyes. I decided to create a monster eye sensory bag with them.
The ingredients you will need to create a monster eyes sensory bin is a ziploc bag, googly eyes, hair gel and tape. The cheapest hair gel I found was blue but if you have clear hair gel you can add food colouring or liquid water colours for colour.
I found that it was easiest to put in small amounts of the ingredients at a time, and to layer them to make it easier to mix them up. Once the bag is sealed you can have the kids help you mix the googly eyes into the hair gel by squeezing the bag with their hands.
This is what the finished monster eyes sensory bag looked like once it was finished. You may want to tape the sensory bag shut with packing tape or duct tape, especially if you have younger children or extra curious children.
After squishing, squeezing and poking the sensory bag, we taped it to the window to see what it would look like. The monster eyes sensory bag would also be fun to use on top of a light box if you have one, but the window allowed light to come through the hair gel, making it “look like we were under water”.
Monster eyes sensory bag is a quick, cheap and easy way to explore texture and a fun open ended activity sensory activity as an alternative to a water or sand bin.
Have you made a similar sensory bag? Tell me in the comments!