Birthday Party Favor Ideas

These birthday party favor ideas are simple, fun, and inexpensive! As an added bonus, these selections can help promote fine motor development, hand-eye coordination, and plenty of imaginative playtime fun. A big thank you to our friends at Melissa & Doug for sponsoring today’s list of birthday party favor ideas! All of these party favors became instant favorites with our birthday party guests!

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Birthday Party Favor Ideas -- these are great!

Here are some of our favorite birthday party favor ideas:

1. Scratch Art®

This Scratch Art Bookmark Set from Melissa & Doug contains 12 bookmarks, 12 ribbons, and 12 styluses. Not only would these make great party favors, but they would also be a great activity for the kids to enjoy during the party! I love how these are easy to make, very colorful, and bookmarks are always useful. Great low-mess project for kids!

2. Temporary Tattoos

You can find temporary tattoos to match just about any birthday party theme, and they are very inexpensive. This temporary tattoo jewelry set is perfect for dress up playtime fun! The application process is simple and the tattoos last for several days. It contains over 130 different designs on 4 sheets, and would be a great addition to any birthday party favor bag.

Here is a quick video outlining how to apply temporary tattoos step by step:

3. Paint with Water Pages

These paint with water pages are great for developing fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Plus, they are so much fun to paint! This paint with water book contains 20 sheets and each sheet has its own paint palette at the top of the page. Roll up a sheet or two, tie with a ribbon, and include a paint brush for a lovely birthday party favor kids of all ages can enjoy!

Here is a quick video sharing tips for paint with water pages:

4. Hand Puppets

One of our all-time favorite birthday party favor ideas! Encourage plenty of imaginative play time fun with hand puppets! This set of Safari animal hand puppets contains 4 different puppets: elephant, giraffe, monkey, and tiger. They are the perfect size for little hands. Separate the set to include one puppet in each birthday favor bag, and these are a great value! These puppets would be especially great for a safari or zoo themed birthday party. There is a farm animal puppet set available too!

Birthday Party Favor Ideas -- these are great!

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  1. These are great!! Thank you so much! I have a huge collection of puppets that I use with my kids and their friends- I bet they would LOVE to take one home with them in their own goodie bag!! How awesome! Thanks again!