Post # 1
I’m looking for some good favors for the children who will be at our wedding—19 of them, all age six or younger! Only two are babies, so the rest will be mobile and looking for something to do during our reception.
There are some great older posts from people who’ve made activity boxes and such for kids, so I’m thinking of something along those lines, but am getting stuck on what kinds of activities to choose for young children, especially the two- and three-year-olds (who will clearly be sticking by their parents, but we want something fun to engage them).
So far, we have this list (most of it courtesy of our favorite three-year-old, who is very hands-on in this project… 😉
– Glow sticks
– Stickers (or temporary tattoos for the slightly older kids?)
– Crayons (and something to color on, I guess!)
Other things I’ve considered and am not sure on:
– Bouncy balls (too crazy where glassware is involved?)
– Kazoos, maracas, or other musical instruments
– Fun hats or costumes if we can find inexpensive ones
I also thought about sidewalk chalk, but not sure our venue will be psyched about that. Anyone have any other thoughts or ideas? We’d also be down for some toddler-friendly outdoor games that we could bring, but not sure what these would be.
Post # 3
All your ideas sound wonderful except for the bouncy balls–because of the glassware and kazoos, aracas and other instruments–because you simply can’t control when the “music” will be made. I think you have enough ideas, but if you want to splurge, you can give them Duplo or Lego blocks to play with. Boys would certainly like that!
The children are going to have a blast!
Post # 4
I think you could get princess dress up stuff at your local dollar store. I also agree with no bouncy balls or musical instruments–just say DANGER written all over it.
building blocks like legos
Boardgames–for older ones? Like CandyLand or Guess Who?
Colored pencils (instead of crayons)
Post # 5
I got plastic slinkies at the dollar store, and small pads of paper with crayons. If they are too young and might color on the walls I would skip that. Maybe small pads and stickers! Make sure that what you get is for their ages!
Post # 6
Thanks! Puzzles are a good thought; I’ll look for some for their age. And the list is heavy on the little girls (one of whom told me last weekend that she was soooo happy I was getting married soon because she finally gets to wear her pretty dress and her pretty shoes that she’s been saving, which cracked me up!) so if I can find some princess dressups or what-have-you I’m sure they’d love that. We don’t mind spending a bit more for some shared items that all the kids would play with (versus things we have to buy 19 of, since it adds up pretty quickly!) so I’ll check out the blocks, too.
Post # 7
One thing I think is great that hasn’t been brought up yet: Play-Dough!!
Post # 8
I agree with no bouncy balls or musical intruments. Everything else is fine.
Post # 9
I found some sesame street, disney and spongebob go fish decks of cards at the dollar general. Ther were $1.00 for 2 decks of cards. My (just turned 2) grandaughter loves them just for the pictures. I bought 10 decks to share with the kids and some glow in the dark bracelets from the dollar tree.
Post # 10
I live near a LEGO store that sells legos by the scoop in any color you want so we’re doing LEGOs in our wedding colors.
We’re also doing bird shaped crayons (see tutorial here: http://picnicsinthepark.blogspot.com/2009/06/bird-shaped-crayons.html ) that seem really easy and can be done in just about any shape you can think up.
We’re making little coloring books from photos of us and photos we’ve taken in black & white and use a “stamp” action in photoshop to make it so there’s just an outline to color in. We thought this was great since we’re both photographers.
Post # 11
a metor globe kid zone out on them… that the number thing i sell for kids at wedding… there small one and large one… and well kid love them
Post # 12
They make travel hungry hungry hippo games (smaller versions of the originals, and the marbles can’t come out and end up in someones’ nose). We are a couple of those for the kids table.
Post # 13
I would consider the markers that only show up on the certain type of paper. Just in case!
We are setting up some of the game boys and other little electronic games for them to play.
Post # 14
Maybe you could do a scavenger hunt?