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21 PARTY BAG IDEAS FOR 3-YEAR-OLDS THAT AREN’T JUNK

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Is your about to be a three-year-old’s birthday party just around the corner? Are you wondering what you can fill party bags with that isn’t just the usual old tat and junk?

Well, wonder no more. Somehow, over the years, I’ve managed to become something of a party bag and party favour ‘expert’ (My OG post on ideas for kids’ party bags is enduringly popular). Here’s a curation I’ve put together of some of the best party bag ideas for 3-year-olds.

three year old with face paint surrounded by ideas for party bag fillers for 3-year-olds
All the best party bag ideas for 3-year-olds

21 PARTY BAG IDEAS FOR 3-YEAR-OLDS

Choose from this lovingly curated list of 21 ideas for party bag fillers for three-year-olds. There are ideas for boys, girls and gender-neutral (well, actually, all of them are gender-neutral!).

  1. Paint Pop Paint Sticks
    £5.00 (£5,000.00 / l)

    Paint Pops are twist-up sticks of paint that dries really quickly to ensure minimum mess. These sets of six make great party favours or a great 'main' party bag filler if you're only filling a few bags.

    Buy from Amazon
    02/23/2024 11:55 pm GMT
  2. Eco-friendly packaged crayon sets
    £11.99 (£1.20 / count)

    These sets of six crayons come in eco-friendly plain brown recycled packaging, which I think looks kinda cool. You get ten packs per bundle.

    Buy from Amazon
    02/23/2024 10:31 pm GMT
  3. Vintage Style Kaleidoscopes
    £6.49

    There are six kaleidoscopes in cute designs per set. Perfect for fun little party bag fillers.

    Buy from Amazon
    02/23/2024 11:31 pm GMT
  4. Make Your Own Superhero Mask

    These make-your-own mask kits are brilliant for three-year-olds to craft and then make. Give them as party favours or add them to party bags.

    Buy from notonthehighstreet
  5. Kids Bamboo Toothbrushes
    £5.25 (£1.05 / count)

    These brightly coloured organic, eco-friendly toothbrushes make great party bag fillers - and parents will love them too!

    Buy from Amazon
    02/24/2024 12:30 am GMT
  6. abeec Small Colouring Books for Party Bag
    £7.99 (£0.67 / count)

    Dividing the 12 x A6 colouring books up between party bags is a very cost-effective filler idea.

    Buy from Amazon
    02/23/2024 08:56 pm GMT
  7. Cute Slap Bands

    Does anyone ever get over the novelty of slapping on a slap bracelet?! There are 30 in this set, so a brilliantly economical way of filling lots of party bags.

    Buy from Amazon
  8. PlayWrite Junior Gardener Set
    £4.79

    This mini garden tools set is super cute and really tough, great for messy play in the garden and even at the beach.

    Buy from Amazon Buy from eBay
    02/24/2024 01:01 pm GMT
  9. Mini U Bath Crayons
    £5.75 (£0.96 / count)

    Bath crayons are a nice twist on regular crayons for goodie bags.

    Buy from Amazon
    02/23/2024 08:16 pm GMT
  10. Play-Doh Party Bag of 15 pots
    £11.49

    Buy a multi-pack and divide it into party bags or stack two or three together for individual party favours.

    Buy from Amazon Buy from eBay
    02/24/2024 06:35 pm GMT
  11. Rex London Wild Wonders Stickers
    £2.95

    There are three sheets per pack. Be clever, cut them up and add a few stickers to each party bag.

    Buy from Amazon
    02/23/2024 08:36 pm GMT
  12. Winking Mini Rubber Duck
    £6.99

    There are 14 cute winking rubber ducks in this set, which is great value for popping into party bags.

    Buy from Amazon
    02/23/2024 09:30 pm GMT
  13. My First Complete Learning Library
    £25.95

    There are 20 books in this library set that you can divide up between party bags.

    Buy from Amazon
    02/23/2024 09:51 pm GMT
  14. Make Your Own Unicorn Wand Kit By Cotton Twist
    £3.50 each (at time of publication)

    This is a cute little unicorn wand crafting kit with which three-year-olds can get creative. It's perfect as a party favour or alternative to giving a party bag, especially for unicorn-themed parties.

    Buy from Not On The High Street
  15. AKH® Kids Garden Gloves

    These kids' gardening gloves are for ages 3+ and perfect for little kids messing around in the garden. The pairs of gloves can be bought individually or in a two-pack, which gives a little extra cost saving.

    Buy from Amazon
  16. 4 Pots Of Glittery Play Dough
    £10 (at time of publication)

    What is better than play dough? Glittery play dough!! You can buy this gorgeous Djeco play dough in sets of four pots. Give every child a set, or divide them up, pop each pot in a cellophane bag, tie it with a fancy bow and give as individual party favours.

    Buy from Kidly
  17. Freddie’s Farm Kids Snacks
    £9.99 (£0.83 / count)

    Healthy fruit snacks in bright, fun packaging, what's not to love?! There are 12 packs per bundle.

    Buy from Amazon Buy from Freddie's Farm
    02/24/2024 12:01 am GMT
  18. Cress Seeds
    £7 for 10 packets (at time of publication)

    These are the cutest seed packets. Little kids are fascinated by watching their seeds grow.

    Buy from Etsy
  19. Mr. Men Complete Collection Box Set (48 books)
    £239.52 £31.95

    There are 48 books in the set, which makes it great value for money.

    Amazon Buy from Argos
    02/26/2024 12:47 pm GMT
  20. Mini wooden vehicles
    £11.95

    There are six cute mini wooden vehicles to divide up into party bags.

    Buy from Amazon
    02/23/2024 10:06 pm GMT
  21. Afufu Wooden Jigsaw Puzzles (Set of four)
    £12.99

    These super cute mini wooden jigsaws are perfect for little three-year-olds' hands. Buy a set and divide it up to give as individual party favours or to help fill party bags.

    Buy from Amazon
    02/24/2024 01:40 pm GMT

THE PARTY BAG FILLER BUYING GUIDE

Here’s a quick buying guide to help you make great choices when buying party bag fillers or favours for your three-year-old birthday party.

1. Age-Appropriate: The first and most crucial consideration should be whether the items are suitable for the age group. For 3-year-olds, ensure that there are no small pieces that could pose a choking hazard.

2. Safety Standards: Look for toys or items that meet safety standards. These should be free from toxic materials and should have smooth edges to prevent any harm.

3. Eco-Friendly: Consider choosing environmentally-friendly party bag filler options. This not only helps preserve the environment but also generally ensures products are free of harmful chemicals. I’ve got a whole post on eco-friendly party bag fillers.

4. Educational Value: If possible, choose items that offer some educational value, such as simple puzzles, books, or craft supplies that promote creativity and learning.

5. Fun Factor: Make sure the items you select will be fun for the kids. Think about what children of this age group typically enjoy. Things like stickers, colourful items, or character-based items can be big hits.

6. Durability: Consider how long the item will last. It’s better to give one or two high-quality items that will last a while than many that will break easily.

7. Practicality: Practical gifts can also be appreciated, especially by parents. Things like sippy cups, toothbrushes, or reusable snack bags can be great choices.

8. Allergy Considerations: If you’re giving food or cosmetic items, ensure they are allergy-friendly to cater to all guests. Avoid common allergens like nuts or gluten in snacks.

9. Cost-Effective: Parties can be expensive, so look for cost-effective items. Buying in bulk can often save money.

10. Ease of Wrapping/Packing: Finally, consider how easy it is to pack the items into a party bag. Too large, too small, or awkwardly shaped items may not work well.

Remember, the aim is to provide a small thank-you to the children attending the party, and the gifts don’t have to be extravagant. The most important thing is that the children have fun.