Party Bag Alternatives
Are you keen to avoid sending kids home with bags full of lollies? Do you hate your child coming home with bags of lollies?
There seems to be a real push at the moment to find alternatives to party bags filled with lollies. We as Pediatric dentists would love to minimise plastic as well but it can be tricky to kick both the low sugar, low plastic goals!
Here are a few ideas for minimising the amount of sugar that goes home:
Silly/twisty straws or metal straws
Making a flower crown during the party to take home
A seed packs or bombs of flowers to plant
Mini playdoh tub, or ‘coins’ of homemade playdough tied up in cellophane
Decorate a cupcake to take home in little box
Keyrings for school bags
Mini watercolour paints and painting pad
Paint a tiny terracotta pot with a small plant in it
Small stuffed toy dog/animal to ‘adopt’
Toothbrushes! (the bamboo rainbow options can be bought online)
A bubble wand
A drink bottle
A mini notebook or colouring-in book with pencils or crayons
Using paper bags decorated by the party boy/girl instead of plastic bags
Small pencil cases with a few cheap things inside
Themed toys that fit with your child’s party theme
Friendship bracelets, wands, crowns made at the party to take home
A small book eg. Little Miss or Mr Men
Kids dentists say if lollies are going to be included in the bags, we’d love to see just a small selection that can be eaten in one go and then teeth are brushed. Go for options that don’t take forever to eat (such as lollipops) and aren’t high in acid (like sour Squirms).
And what to do with the lollies you’ve collected in your pantry from parties of the past? You can bin them, bring them to work to share or hide them in the back of the pantry for those desperate moments that only a little chocolate can cure.