A goodie bag is standard issue at most parties. Instead of simply giving them out to the kids, why not make them earn their goodies? You get a party game out of it, and they get a sense of achievement! Here are some possibilities:
- A treasure hunt where they get to keep whatever they find. One fun variation we did was to completely darken the room containing the “treasure”, give each child a flashlight for the hunt, and let them keep the flashlight as part of their goodie bag.
- A memory game. Lay out the goodies and let the children look at them for a minute. Then cover them. The children take turns to recall what they saw, and whatever they remember, they get to keep.
- A ring toss where they keep whatever they are able to snag. We used bottles of bubble solution as both the toss target and the prize (see picture below)
I should add that as the parent, you’ll need to make An Important Decision. And that is: should all kids leave with roughly the same stash in their bags? Or should winning kids get more? An early introduction to the joys and woes of socialism and capitalism 🙂