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Science Party Favors

Updated on April 18, 2016

Science and mad science parties are very popular right now. They are a blast to throw and even more fun to attend. Kids love experimenting and mixing up concoctions.

Here are some ways to mix up fun treat concoctions for all of your science party guests.

Below you will find science party favor ideas for young scientists as well as treat bag suggestions, where to shop, and tons of ideas to make your party goodies rate an A+ with all the kids.

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Specimen bags for treat holders
Specimen bags for treat holders
Specimen bags for treat holders

Science Treat Bag Ideas

There are several things you can do to make awesome treat bags or favors for a science party.

  • Use specimen bags or biohazard bags as treat holders. You can order them online or get them from a place that sells medical supplies.
  • Brown paper bag with danger stickers or other science themed stickers are another easy treat bag alternative. You could also use lab or medical labels to seal the bags or even use a stamp that relates to the party theme to decorate the bags.
  • One of the most fun favor holders for a science party is test tubes or beakers or even Petri dishes filled with goodies. Look below for suggestions of what to fill them with.

Bag, Specimen, Biohazard, Zip Lck, 6x9, Pockt
Bag, Specimen, Biohazard, Zip Lck, 6x9, Pockt

Specimen bags are fun for holding party treats and they will definitely have a science appeal!


Science Party Treat Holders

50 Tube - 16x125mm Assorted Color Plastic Test Tube Set with Caps and Rack, Karter Scientific 150A17
50 Tube - 16x125mm Assorted Color Plastic Test Tube Set with Caps and Rack, Karter Scientific 150A17

Colorful test tubes are great for filling with candy for party treats or even to hold invitations.

Test tube filled with silver candy balls
Test tube filled with silver candy balls

Test Tube Filler Ideas

Test tubes (or beakers, flasks, or petri dishes) filled with goodies are wonderful science party treats and as an added benefit, they can also serve as decoration for the party.

Here are some ideas for test tubes treats:

  • Fill the tubes with candy. Find candy that will fit inside. Pop Rocks, Nerds, and rock candy are also good choices. They will look like "experiments" in progress.
  • Look for very small toys that can be dropped in the test tube. Things like plastic bugs can be squeezed in.
  • Stickers are another small item that can go in tubes. Use caution sign stickers, bug or animal stickers, or anything that is related to science.

  • Make (or buy) slime to fill test tubes. Slime is easy to make and lots of fun to play with. There are several recipes for making slime. The video to the right shows one of the best methods. You can also buy slime and just pour it into the test tubes. You will want test tubes with lids.
  • Bubbles can be poured into beakers or test tubes as well. You can make them by mixing dish liquid and water or you can just use store bought bubbles. Just make sure you are using test tubes or bottles with tight lids for this.
  • Give everyone an easy and fun fizzing science experiment to take home with them. You will need two test tubes for each person. These should also be in tightly sealed test tubes. Fill one container with baking soda and the other one with vinegar. Send instructions to mix the two ingredients together in a large container to create instant fizz. The baking soda and vinegar will bubble and fizz like a miniature volcano when they are combined.
  • Another neat idea for test tube favors is simply to mix food coloring with oil. Fill the tube about 1/3 or 1/4 of the way with the oil and then fill it the rest of the way with water. The oil and the water will stay separated so the colored drops of oil will just float around kind of the way a lava lamp works.
  • Send home an instant snowstorm. You can buy snow mix made of polymer beads that expand when you add water. Just add some instant snow into test tubes and send a slip of paper with instructions. This is better for older kids who won't be tempted to eat the snow.
  • Water beads are another cool thing to play with that will look great in a test tube. They are similar to the instant snow, but they are bigger. They are water absorbing polymers that get about the size of a marble in water. They feel a bit slimy so they are fun to play with and feel. They come in multiple colors and you can sometimes even find them in square shapes.

12+1 Free Glow In Dark BOSTON WORLD Crystal Magic Gel Jelly Ball Soil - 12 Different Colors All bags 5g each
12+1 Free Glow In Dark BOSTON WORLD Crystal Magic Gel Jelly Ball Soil - 12 Different Colors All bags 5g each

Colored water beads. Polymers that expand with water. Fill test tubes or beakers with these for party favors. Also great for party decorations.


Fun Science Favors

Be Amazing Instant Snow Powder, Fake Snow, Makes 8-10 Gallons of Fake Snow , 1lb (454 Grams) of Instant Snow Powder
Be Amazing Instant Snow Powder, Fake Snow, Makes 8-10 Gallons of Fake Snow , 1lb (454 Grams) of Instant Snow Powder

Snow powder to make 8 gallons worth of instant snow. Fill test tubes of it for party favors or do a snow experiment during the party.


More Science Party Favor Ideas

Here are more ideas for science party treats, favors, and goodies.

Lab equipment favor ideas:

  • magnifying glasses
  • goggles
  • Petri dishes
  • tweezers
  • flashlights
  • pipettes (droppers)
  • ID badges
  • small notepads
  • pens

Creatures and living things favor ideas:

  • grow creatures
  • plastic bugs
  • plastic animals
  • bug catchers
  • toy eyes
  • toy body parts
  • air plants
  • small potted plants
  • seeds

Candy and food:

  • Pop Rocks
  • Nerds
  • gummy worms
  • rock candy
  • strange flavored jelly beans
  • sugar powder candy
  • body parts candy
  • bug shaped candy
  • "science" shaped cookies
  • crazy straws

Other science themed favor ideas:

  • invisible ink pens
  • glowing toys (sticky eyes, balls, rubber ducks, etc.)
  • glow sticks
  • magnets
  • LED or light up toys


Where to Shop

These science favor gifts can be found just about anywhere. Dollar stores will have small toys and even some candy. Grocery stores, department stores, and party stores will also carry candy and toy gifts that would be good for a science theme.

You can get several toys for a few dollars or less. Especially if you shop at dollar stores.

Test tubes, beakers, specimen bags, and other science equipment can be ordered online. You may also be able to find it in specialty toy shops or even medical supply stores.

Plastic Transfer Pipettes 3ml, Graduated, Pack of 100
Plastic Transfer Pipettes 3ml, Graduated, Pack of 100

Kids can use these to play with water and more.


What science party favors will you give your guests?

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    • cocopreme profile imageAUTHOR

      Candace Bacon 

      7 years ago from Far, far away

      Marcy Goodfleisch - Themed birthday parties for adults should really come into fashion! I wouldn't mind having one now either. Thanks!

    • Marcy Goodfleisch profile image

      Marcy Goodfleisch 

      7 years ago from Planet Earth

      Fun stuff here! I am totally bummed that science parties weren't around when I was a kid. My own kids would have loved these ideas (might still like them now - even though they're grown!).

      Voted up and up!


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