Things to keep kids busy during dinner

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@midwestgirl80:  It’s sweet of you to think of this, but really this it is up to their parents.

Having said that: the 9 and up kids should sit and behave for dinner, and are too old for colouring books anyway. (They might appreciate an “activity sheet” with word searches etc, but they don’t really need it. They should be mature enough to sit and eat).

The 4 and 6 year olds are probably the biggest worry, and colouring books for them wouldn’t hurt, or little toys. Though if you do toys, you’d want to give something to the 9 and 11 year olds too if they’re in the same family.

Don’t give toys to the 13 year olds though – I have a son that age and he’d be insulted. Also, the 13 year old boys will probably want adult meals.

The 18 month old will sit in his high chair or be cared for my his parents. His parents should be used to bringing little toys for him to occupy himself. If you feel like giving him something to play with, I suggest a toy car or plane. Make sure it’s “toddler-friendly”, i.e. too big for him to shove in his mouth. At that age some kids are still putting things in their mouth.

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@midwestgirl80:  No no, I didn’t mean stepping on parents’ toes at all! I meant it really is the responsibility of the parents to keep their kids well behaved. When I bring my kids, I don’t expect anything to keep them occupied – but anything they do give is a bonus.

Yeah you’d need to speak to the parents of the 13 year olds, or some close relative. I don’t know enough to comment.

If the 9 and 11 year old are the only ones in their family, I’d be tempted not to give an activity-type thing. I mean an activity sheet couldn’t hurt, but it doesn’t sound required. My two girls were at a wedding at about those ages and were very well behaved. My nephews that age just play with ipads/phones when they’re bored at dinner!

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Go to the dollar store or target and find those little puzzle things (wood or metal) for the older kids. If the younger ones get something they might be a little down they didn’t also. I am going to have a basket of stuff by the cupcakes so the kids can take something. We will have like 20 kids at our reception so I know I will need LOTS Of things to entertain lol

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