*Six years ago, I was given the title “Loot Bag Ideas for a 1 Year Old” for publication on eHow. The article was originally published on April 29, 2010. It is no longer published on eHow or anywhere else so I am free to publish it here.
Typical loot bags contain small plastic toys or candies that get lost, torn apart, chewed up and thrown away a few days after the party. Whether the party guest is another one year old child or an adult relative or friend, provide loot bags that contain the materials needed to create lasting memories of the party event.
Foam Photo Frame and Decorations
Purchase foam photo frames from a craft store or cut out a frame from a piece of craft foam. Also purchase stickers and small cut-outs related to a one year old’s party. If using a party theme, include cut-outs related to the party theme. During the party, take photographs of each child or family at the event. Use a digital camera so that the photographs can be printed before the end of the party. Before the party guests leave, supply them with a loot bag that includes the undecorated foam frame, the photo of that particular child or family member, several small cut-outs and a glue stick or bottle of glue. Later, the parents of the party guest can help the child decorate his own photo frame to create a lasting memory of the party.
Pail With Supplies
Rather than the typical plastic loot bag filled with small plastic toys or candies that get thrown away, provide the one year old’s party guests with a small sand pail. Inside the pail, include small toys suitable for sand play such as a shovel, sifting toys, plastic cups and spoons. Toys should be small enough to fit inside the pail but large enough to prevent choking. If purchasing toys individually, check the labels for age requirements. If the party takes place during winter months, include suggestions for using the same toys for playing in the snow. Sand toys can also be used to build a small snowman or create snow sculptures.
By the age of one, babies begin their journey into the toddler and preschool years. Parents begin to replace their bottles and pacifiers with sippy cups and learning toys. At the end of a one year old’s party, provide his one year old and toddler guests with manipulatives to help them develop toddler and preschool skills. In the party loot bag, include blocks, crayons, a small picture book or a board book, magnetic letters, numbers and plastic shape toys. Before placing any toys in the loot bags, check labels for age requirements.