Q: Do you have any suggestions for buying or making eco-friendly party favors for toddlers and pre-schoolers? I hate using throw away party favors at my 4 and 8 year-olds’ birthdays parties but feel like it’s expected by the kids and their parents.
A: Cheap plastic party favors are not only a waste of money, but don’t help our overflowing landfills. However, there are so many great ideas that you can incorporate into your party instead. One project I love is to bring a craft into the party setting that will serve as a take-away for the kids. Whether it’s painting a flower pot or making a holiday ornament, you can provide an activity that the kids can do during the party and bring back home with them. If a craft doesn’t fit into your setting or schedule, you can send the kids home with a bag of seeds and a small pot, crayons and paper, or a set of fun cookie cutters to bake with instead. These will not only provide much more enjoyment for all but will be easier on the environment!

Nancy Massotto is the Founder and Director of the Holistic Moms Network, a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Nancy has a passion for living holistic and works to help parents connect, learn and support one another on their journeys through parenting and holistic living. Find more information about Nancy on her website or follow her on Facebook and Twitter.