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10 Cool Birthday Party Favors For Kids

10 Cool Birthday Party Favors For Kids

Planning kids’ birthday parties isn’t as simple as it used to be. At one time, all you had to do was invite a few kids over, plan a few games, serve some food, and then send the kids home with their loot bags, which were just a few cheap trinkets and treats. These days, you need to go above and beyond former expectations, and make sure that parties are fun and exciting. You also need to up the ante when it comes to what you give out for party favors. But, you shouldn’t have to break the bank to do it. Here are 10 cool party favors to give out at your kid’s next birthday party, and they won’t cost a fortune. In fact, you can get many of these at your local dollar store.

1. Temporary Tattoos

Tattoos are more popular than ever, but of course, in most places you can’t get one until you are 18 years old. But, anyone can wear temporary tattoos. Kids love them, and they are awesome party favors.

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2. Playing Cards

There are all kinds of kids’ playing cards out there. You can get decks for them to play regular card games, or specialty decks with their favorite characters and special games that can only be played with those cards.

3. Books

Parents will be thrilled when their kids come home with new books instead of little toys that will get broken or lost, or candy that is unhealthy. You can get cheap books online, in department stores, and even in the dollar section at stores like Target.

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4. Bubbles

What kid doesn’t love bubbles? Even older kids (and a lot of adults) love playing with bubbles. You can get bottles of bubble lotion with wants at your local dollar store, making this an inexpensive and fun party favor.

5. Buttons

Kids love superheroes and other popular characters. They also love it when they have things that are personalized. Why not have special buttons made up to give out as party favors? You can use superheroes and other characters, and add the kids’ names to make party favors that kids will love. Custom Button Co can help you with button design.

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6. Home-Made Crayons

Party favors for little kids often include crayons. Do something different, and melt down old, broken crayons to make fun new colors and shapes. Use silicone molds to make fun crayon party favors that the kids will love to use.

7. Sidewalk Chalk

Whether they are budding artists or they love to play hopscotch, kids can always use sidewalk chalk. Again, you can find this at your local dollar store, so it is an inexpensive and fun party favor. You may even want to include sidewalk chalk art as one of the party activities, and offer prizes for the best artwork.

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8. CD’s

If your kids are having a dance party, you can make up CD’s that include all of the music played at the party. The kids will be able to listen to their favorite tunes from the party whenever they want.

9. Craft Kits

This is a two-in-one item that is great for kids’ birthday parties. You have a couple of options. The kids can do the crafts as party activities and take their creations home with them. Or, the kits can be their party favors to take home and work on later.

10. Goldfish Soap

Parents will love that you gave their kids something that will encourage them to take baths. To make this soap, simply melt clear glycerin soap base, add some light blue food-grade colorant, and fill a baggie 1/3 of the way. When it has set enough to be semi-solid, stick a couple of plastic goldfish on top, and fill the rest of the way with the melted glycerin, leaving enough space to tie a knot at the top of the bag.

Featured photo credit: Cristian Iohan Ştefănescu via flickr.com

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Last Updated on November 19, 2019

20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

Are you usually punctual or late? Do you finish things within the time you stipulate? Do you hand in your reports/work on time? Are you able to accomplish what you want to do before deadlines? Are you a good time manager?

If your answer is “no” to any of the questions above, that means you’re not managing your time as well as you want. Here are 20 time management tips to help you manage time better:

1. Create a Daily Plan

Plan your day before it unfolds. Do it in the morning or even better, the night before you sleep. The plan gives you a good overview of how the day will pan out. That way, you don’t get caught off guard. Your job for the day is to stick to the plan as best as possible.

2. Peg a Time Limit to Each Task

Be clear that you need to finish X task by 10am, Y task by 3pm, and Z item by 5:30pm. This prevents your work from dragging on and eating into time reserved for other activities.

3. Use a Calendar

Having a calendar is the most fundamental step to managing your daily activities. If you use outlook or lotus notes, calendar come as part of your mailing software.

I use it. It’s even better if you can sync your calendar to your mobile phone and other hardwares you use – that way, you can access your schedule no matter where you are. Here’re the 10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track .

Find out more tips about how to use calendar for better time management here: How to Use a Calendar to Create Time and Space

4. Use an Organizer

An organizer helps you to be on top of everything in your life. It’s your central tool to organize information, to-do lists, projects, and other miscellaneous items.

These Top 15 Time Management Apps and Tools can help you organize better, pick one that fits your needs.

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5. Know Your Deadlines

When do you need to finish your tasks? Mark the deadlines out clearly in your calendar and organizer so you know when you need to finish them.

But make sure you don’t make these 10 Common Mistakes When Setting Deadlines.

6. Learn to Say “No”

Don’t take on more than you can handle. For the distractions that come in when you’re doing other things, give a firm no. Or defer it to a later period.

Leo Babauta, the founder of Zen Habits has some great insights on how to say no: The Gentle Art of Saying No

7. Target to Be Early

When you target to be on time, you’ll either be on time or late. Most of the times you’ll be late. However, if you target to be early, you’ll most likely be on time.

For appointments, strive to be early. For your deadlines, submit them earlier than required.

Learn from these tips about how to prepare yourself to be early, instead of just in time.

8. Time Box Your Activities

This means restricting your work to X amount of time. Why time boxing is good for you? Here’re 10 reasons why you should start time-boxing.

You can also read more about how to do time boxing here: #5 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity.

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9. Have a Clock Visibly Placed Before You

Sometimes we are so engrossed in our work that we lose track of time. Having a huge clock in front of you will keep you aware of the time at the moment.

10. Set Reminders 15 Minutes Before

Most calendars have a reminder function. If you have an important meeting to attend, set that alarm 15 minutes before.

You can learn more about how reminders help you remember everything in this article: The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder That Works)

11. Focus

Are you multi-tasking so much that you’re just not getting anything done? If so, focus on just one key task at one time. Multitasking is bad for you.

Close off all the applications you aren’t using. Close off the tabs in your browser that are taking away your attention. Focus solely on what you’re doing. You’ll be more efficient that way.

Lifehack’s CEO has written a definitive guide on how to focus, learn the tips: How to Focus and Maximize Your Productivity (the Definitive Guide)

12. Block out Distractions

What’s distracting you in your work? Instant messages? Phone ringing? Text messages popping in?

I hardly ever use chat nowadays. The only times when I log on is when I’m not intending to do any work. Otherwise it gets very distracting.

When I’m doing important work, I also switch off my phone. Calls during this time are recorded and I contact them afterward if it’s something important. This helps me concentrate better.

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Find more tips on how to minimize distractions to achieve more in How to Minimize Distraction to Get Things Done

13. Track Your Time Spent

When you start to track your time, you’re more aware of how you spend your time. For example, you can set a simple countdown timer to make sure that you finish a task within a period of time, say 30 minutes or 1 hour. The time pressure can push you to stay focused and work more efficiently.

You can find more time tracking apps here and pick one that works for you.

14. Don’t Fuss About Unimportant Details

You’re never get everything done in exactly the way you want. Trying to do so is being ineffective.

Trying to be perfect does you more harm than good, learn here about how perfectionism kills your productivity and how to ditch the perfectionism mindset.

15. Prioritize

Since you can’t do everything, learn to prioritize the important and let go of the rest.

Apply the 80/20 principle which is a key principle in prioritization. You can also take up this technique to prioritize everything on your plate: How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

16. Delegate

If there are things that can be better done by others or things that are not so important, consider delegating. This takes a load off and you can focus on the important tasks.

When you delegate some of your work, you free up your time and achieve more. Learn about how to effectively delegate works in this guide: How to Delegate Work (the Definitive Guide for Successful Leaders)

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17. Batch Similar Tasks Together

For related work, batch them together.

For example, my work can be categorized into these core groups:

  1. writing (articles, my upcoming book)
  2. coaching
  3. workshop development
  4. business development
  5. administrative

I batch all the related tasks together so there’s synergy. If I need to make calls, I allocate a time slot to make all my calls. It really streamlines the process.

18. Eliminate Your Time Wasters

What takes your time away your work? Facebook? Twitter? Email checking? Stop checking them so often.

One thing you can do is make it hard to check them – remove them from your browser quick links / bookmarks and stuff them in a hard to access bookmarks folder. Replace your browser bookmarks with important work-related sites.

While you’ll still checking FB/Twitter no doubt, you’ll find it’s a lower frequency than before.

19. Cut off When You Need To

The number one reason why things overrun is because you don’t cut off when you have to.

Don’t be afraid to intercept in meetings or draw a line to cut-off. Otherwise, there’s never going to be an end and you’ll just eat into the time for later.

20. Leave Buffer Time In-Between

Don’t pack everything closely together. Leave a 5-10 minute buffer time in between each tasks. This helps you wrap up the previous task and start off on the next one.

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