Post # 1
I know for the younger kids you can keep them busy with a basket of goodies and crayons and stuffed animals and party favors etc. (as shown) but what do you get a bunch of pre-teens that are ages between 10-14? yikes!
Post # 3
I’m thinking craft type activities or games like mad libs, teen trivial pursuit, taboo etc…
Post # 4
I agree; games are always a hit (Clue, Cranium, Scrabble, Pictionary… -extra-fun w/a large presentation-sized paper pad and markers)
– Digital camera/disposable cameras to take pictures… maybe w/a collection of fun hats and props.
– Decorate picture frames (Michaels has small inexpensive wooden frames -around $2/ea.) w/sequins, feathers, foam shapes, etc. (nothing too messy!)
– Decorate their own cookies/cupcakes
– Scavenger hunt
– This may or may not be a possibility depending on the noise-level & set-up of the room: having one or two portable DVD players/Laptops for movie viewing. (You could even have some comfy big pillows to sit on and a small table or decorated milk crate to prop the DVD player)
And my personal favorite… — http://www.educationhttp://puzzlemaker.discoveryeducation.com/
Make your own wordscramble, cryptogram phrases, wordsearch, etc. for free w/the "Puzzlemaker" (there’s an ad for a CD-Rom, but what you need for the basic activities is free on the website). You could have personalized word-searches for the kiddies 🙂
Hope this helps!
Post # 5
Check orientaltraing.com for lots of fun games like bean bag toss, etc,