Post # 1
I’m inviting a lot of children and teens to our wedding ~25 ranging from 9 months to 16 Years. In order to keep them from getting bored I planned on giving out the following activity kits as favors.
2 and under: not sure yet
2-6: wedding themed coloring book and crayons, slinky, silly straw, age appropriate small puzzle.
6-10: canvas bag and fabric markers, slinky, silly straw, age appropriate small puzzle.
11-16: canvas bag and fabric markers, disposable camera.
I’ve gotten a fair bit of negative feedback on this – mostly from my mother. Her opinion is that these things will only cause a mess and headaches for the children’s parents. Her thoughts are that the kids will be much happier “playing tag on the dance floor”. While this may be true, part of the reason I planned the activities was so that the dance floor wasn’t completely taken over by children and the adults can dance as well.
Post # 2
I don’t have kids but I think these are great ideas. Kids get bored easily and this will give them something to do. I think parents of children 0-2 will likely bring their own things to keep them entertained. Not sure I see a 6-10 doing a puzzle at a wedding. Love the camera for the teens!
I had a lot of younger cousins at my wedding a couple of years ago (ranging 0-16) I did not have anything set up for them. They definitely spent a lot of time on the dance floor. They also enjoyed participating in playing the games my MC had arranged. (Pick a herseys kiss, depending on the colour the bride and groom kiss OR you have to wear something funny from this bag of stuff). Good luck!
Post # 3
I agree with your mother, but then, my children never attended a wedding, until they were adults, except for when my then 6 year old daughter was a flowergirl. If they want to, your child guests will take over the dance floor regardless of what you provide them; crayons and markers may equal disaster for the linens (you may want to put them in a goody bag, for when they leave). Your 11+ group will probably have games to play on their phones, if they don’t opt-out of attending. Good luck!
Post # 4
I’d keep it simple. I can see the silly string getting out of hand. And 11-16 year olds might think they are too cool for activities. There’s a good chance that they will end up running around anyways. A friend had colouring and activity sheets for the kids and they were still running around the dance floor. One of the little boy ran across in only his diaper (it was adorable lol).
Post # 5
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
I thought about doing something similar for my own wedding but in the end decided to just save myself the money. Almost all the kids at our wedding either had their own toys (baby toys) or were playing games on a cell phone/ipad/etc. Even the younger kids were on cell phones/ipads playing games.
That said, I think your ideas are cute and could be really fun. But agree with others that at the same time they could turn into more of a mess too.
Post # 6
I’d avoid any sort of marker pens unless you want everything scribbled on! Same goes for silly string which could easily end badly. I’d also assume the 11+ group will probably be surgically attached to phones or tablets. Very little ones will usually have their own toys brought by their parents. However, a disposable camera or puzzles could be fun for kids.
Whether or not they take over the dance floor rather depends on how much their parents intend to take charge! At a recent wedding I went to it was quite remarkable how many parents simply allowed their kids to run riot and the consequent chaos left me realising just how much better the evening reception would have been were it child-free – and I’m someone who likes to see children at a wedding!
Post # 7
I would nix the markers, just because there’s a good chance they will end up on your linens or someone’s clothes. But I think the rest of it looks fun! I agree that you will have plenty of kids on the dancefloor, regardless of the goody bag, but I don’t think they’ll keep the adults from dancing. They certainly didn’t at my wedding!
Post # 8
Hopefully, parents will come prepared to occupy and supervise their children, but you never know. We’re just doing a princess sticker and coloring book plus crayons (less mess than marker) for our three flower girls, ages 3-6. They are the only young kids who will be attending.
Post # 9
I like the ideas, especially for the younger groups; however, I think I would only make them available to kids under 10 – young teens might get offended that you think they need to be entertained with “kid stuff” and they know how to behave on a dance floor.
I don’t think it will stop them from running riot on the dance floor, but it might forestall tantrums – when the little ones are tired, they can sit down and color or whatever. I’m not sure with PPs are getting “silly string” – I read “silly straw,” which sounds like fun to me!
Post # 10
To clarify. Its a silly straw – as in a straw with lots of loops. I definitely wouldn’t get silly string.
Post # 11
I’d nix fabric markers, thinking about it. I was recently a nanny to a 10 year old, and, given her craft mess, I can only imagine what your table linens would look like after giving 6 year olds markers that are designed to write on fabric and never come off. Yikes!
Post # 12
I think the older kids will likely entertain themselves playing games and listening to music on their electronics (phones, Nintendo etc.).
I would nix any coloring method that isn’t washable.
Post # 13
I recently went to a wedding and all the kids had ipads and just sat there playing…a 3 year old knows how to use an ipad more than I do!!
Post # 14
I was going to do something similar, then I asked the parents about it directly… They didn’t feel it was a good idea. They brought their own stuff. They know how to best entertain their kids.
Post # 15
I love the idea of the silly straws and the disposable cameras for the older kids (although it’s likely that they will have a digital one/phone they might get a kick out of the older technology. It’s more of a game if you only have 20/25 photos that you can take).
I would stick with colouring books and pencils (no pens), you never know which older child might end up using them, sometimes teenagers will jump at the chance to colour again (but don’t give it to them, only the younger kids, giving it to the, directly would insult them). Puzzles might be ok if the pieces are really big and therefore not easily lost and/or swallowed.
I suggest giving kids a pack of glow sticks each. They are cheap and fun and can make great photos too.
Its always nice to know that you were thought of, even if the parents do end up bringing their own stuff, it will make the kids feel special and make you look thoughtful.