Does your child love bugs? You don’t want real bugs to show up at the party, but using bugs as the theme is a fun way to incorporate your child’s interests in creepy crawly insects. Use that theme to help you choose fun favors for the guests.
A natural choice is a bug catcher for each child. The bug catcher encourages kids to get out into nature and look at the smaller life forms that often get overlooked. Bug catchers usually have swinging doors and clear sides so you can see the insects you catch from all angles. Just remind the kids to watch the bugs for a little while and then let them go so they can go back to their natural environments.
A magnifying glass is a great way for kids to see all the details in small insects. You can find inexpensive magnifying glasses that will work just fine for this purpose. This party favor can also be used for a party activity. Write messages in small letters that the kids read with a magnifying glass, for example.
If the party guests are more interested in pretty bugs, like butterflies, hand out butterfly nets. You can often find the nets at dollar stores during the spring and summer months. Don’t forget to discuss being careful with the butterflies so they aren’t harmed.
If the party guests don’t want to mess with real bugs, give them plastic bugs as a party favor. You can often find bags of assorted plastic bugs. Or look for bugs made out of squishy, stretchy material. The kids can have fun “catching” their toy bugs.
Look for candy shaped like bugs. Gummy candies are often available in a variety of shapes. You might even find a sucker with a toy bug inside. You can also make a bug with candy. Glue individually wrapped jaw breakers or gumballs onto a leaf cut from green paper, for example.
Another option is to find jewelry with insects on them. Look for a bracelet or necklace with an insect charm on it. Or find beads with insects on them and make your own jewelry as party favors.