When I started planning K’s Ocotnauts Party, I had this big idea that the goodie bags should include a themed gift from each member of the crew.
But my big thing with goodie bags is no junk. Everything in the bags must be useable and fun. I have a big pet peeve with returning home from a party with a bunch of random candy and plastic toys I throw away within a week when my daughter tires of them. It feels wasteful to me, and I don’t like waste.
Initially my ideas included pirate eye patches (from Kwazi) and plastic cameras (from Dashi), but this was a party for six-year-old girls. While I was sure they would enjoy those favors for about five minutes, I was also sure moms would quickly sneak the precious treasures into the trash. It was a challenge.
After some creative thinking, I love my eight crew gifts.
The blog that originally designed the bandages for Peso’s medical bag is no longer online. Download the blue bandages printable here.
After printing the bandages, I ran them through my Xyron machine to turn them into a sticker. You can also use a glue stick to adhere them to the box, but the Xyron machine made quick work of the project.
Kwazi’s Pirate Tatoo’s — What do pirates love? Tattoos! And so do Kindergarteners! I was super excited to find these fishy temporary tattoos, $144 of them for $4.71. Enough to include four per goodie bag plus extras. Another idea for Kwazi – pirate eye patches.
Captain Barnacle’s Creatures — Remember those little capsules that dissolve in water revealing a tiny animal-shaped sponge. Yep, those. Fun, right? Surprisingly, these were harder to find then I thought they would be. Amazon has mixed package from Ja-Ru Magic Grow, but not just sea creatures. Ultimately, I found them on eBay. (I bought a huge lot of them, and my extras are available on eBay if you are looking.)
Another option is giant growing sea animals also from Ja-Ru, I bought a couple for decorations, and they are really cool too.
To create Shellington’s notepads, I bought inexpensive mini notebooks and designed a new Octonauts cover for the notebook. Again, I used my Xyron machine to turn the new covers into stickers to easily attach them to the notebooks. (The notebooks I bought had sparkly covers, so I attached my Octonauts cover to the back cover — this way both sides are pretty.)
Tweak’s Gup Key Chain — If you know the Octonauts like we do, you know Tweak is the engineer in charge of the Gups. So I decided key chains were very fitting. Of course, Kindergarteners don’t drive. But how cute to see all of the little girls with Octoalert key chains hanging from their backpacks on Monday morning. K was thrilled!
To create Tweak’s key chains follow the directions in my Octonauts Key Chain Tutorial. <– coming soon
To create download and print the Tunip’s Fish Biscuits label (two labels print per page). Cut out the bag topper, fold it in half and staple it to the top of a plastic bag filled with Goldfish. (You could also use prepackaged individual bags, but a giant tub of Goldfish is cheaper.)
If you use everything from my goodie bag, you can download the Octonauts gift list.
For more Octonauts Party ideas check out my other Octonauts posts.
- Octonauts Birthday Party Decorations, Ideas, DIY Party Favors & More
- Octonauts Birthday Party Free Printable Bingo Game
- 108 Free Octonauts Printable Coloring Pages