Giving kids coloring books at weddings?

posted 8 months ago in Guests
Post # 16
1985 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

We only had 3 kids at our wedding but we put colouring packs out. The 10 year old boy wasn’t interested but the two younger girls were. As we only had a few children we put a few additional things out. The boy got a Lego set which he was thrilled about and neglected the colouring because of the Lego. The two girls got a stuffed bear each (they were also flower girls though) and all through the wedding reception both girls carrying their bears around. It made for some absolutely beautiful photos. 

I disagree with a PP who said we didn’t have entertainment when our parents took us out. My mum would always put a polly pocket in her handbag for me when we went out anywhere. I had rules in that I had to play quietly and not disturb anyone but she had some pollu pockets lurking in her bag wherever she went. 

I think it’s colouring packs or expect parents to bring out a tablet for their kids.

Post # 17
2811 posts
Sugar bee

We had a similar number of kids and had a colouring/craft station and they could bring things back to their tables. We had buckets of crayons and stickers with sheets of paper, colouring books and things like that. The kids loved it!

I don’t think it’s necessary, but it’s fun for the kids and makes them feel kinda special and like the event is for them too.

Post # 18
2705 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter\'s Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle

I made up activity books and provided colored pencils – the pencils wouldn’t draw on the tablecloths!  They were a hit and kept the kids occupied 🙂

Post # 19
7886 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

ohdarling :  I never bring crayons out because I have to watch her like a hawk. But they make these amazing “colorblast” books/marker that are perfect for out of the house because the marker only works on the special paper. A craft would be a nice gesture but not if I have to be in charge of it lol. 

Post # 20
923 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I think it is a good idea.

Post # 21
1824 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

As a parent of a 2 year old, I would think this was awesome.  Yes, I carry activities for my kid.  But, if you have ever met a toddler, they much prefer new crayons and new coloring pages over the same old ones they always have.  Same with books, puzzles, whatever.  Plus, if the coloring page is wedding themed, it can be a teaching tool to tell the child about what is happening.  Kind of like how my church hands out coloring page programs to kids at their services.  

If my kid starts using the crayons inappropriately, I will take them away.  Just like I would take away the silverware or food or whatever else if it was being used inappropriately.  

I am pretty liberal about screen time with my kid, but I would not let her play with electronics at a wedding. 

Also, I like coloring pages. I hosted an adult bridal shower with coloring pages.  I would probably want one for myself too.

Post # 22
460 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

Our venue specifically didn’t allow colouring in equipment in case the floor/walls etc got drawn on (so worth checking with yours) but we did bring things for the children (origami paper planes for them to take out, a little teepee set up at the end of the hall for them to play in, some sticker books, actually books for the older (10 -ish) children).

Both they and their parents really appreciated it, even in cases where their parents had also brought things to keep them occupied.

Post # 23
180 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

We set up a little tent with twinkle lights behind it, and filled it with games, puzzles, and activitiy books. I also gave each child a woodland animal themed canvas tote with a coloring book, bubbles, crayons, sticker book, fairy wands, unicorn headbands for the girls, bear ears for the boys (based on their personalities and individual preferences and not on gender), animal maks, and a little stamp set. It was all woodland animal theme to match the foresty theme of our wedding. 

It was a huge hit, and I’m really glad we did it!  Our wedding was pretty formal (formal dinner with no dancing), so I didn’t want to risk them being bored to tears. 



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