Post # 1
I don’t have a lot of experience with children, so I would love to get the opinions of those who do.
We will possibly have children of the following ages attending our wedding:
Newborn (3 months) – girl
Infant (9 months) – boy
Toddler (2 year old) – girl
Toddler (2 year old) – boy
Toddler (3 year old) – girl
Toddler (4 year old) – girl
Child (5 year old) – boy
Child (9 year old) – boy
I want to make little care packs/toy packs for each child because let’s just face it, Weddings are hella boring even for adults sometimes.
Problem is, with the different age groups what would be some good things to include?
So far I have the idea of designing a simple “wedding themed” colouring book, maybe with some simple puzzles. But obviously that would only be slightly entertaining for the older kids, and the younger ones will probably need something different.
So here is where I need your help:
What small toys would each age group enjoy? Should the toys be gendered, or gender neutral?
What are some good play items for babies?
What things as a parent, you would appreciate me having to include? (snacks? Etc?)
I just want the kids to feel included and special and if I can make it easier on the parents that’s a bonus! I know that most will come equipped with the high-tech iphones to distract the children, but I figured something just for them would be a nice gesture!
Thanks for all your help!
Post # 2
We had coloring pages ours and the kids 9, 6, 7 LOVED them. The colored all of them and gave them to us so proudly. They were our nieces and nephews. We gave each kid 6 pages and they colored them all before the first speech! had I known they’d be such a hit I would have given them more.
Post # 3
Coloring pages are a good idea. I would also browse the dollar tree for cheap kid friendly toys.
I was at a wedding where they had a kids table covered it with white butcher paper and had a bucket of crayons. They also had kid friendly snacks(ie goldfish, fruit and chips) and ordered pizza for the kids’ dinner. That was a huge hit for them and saved the bride and groom money no doubt.
Post # 4
Our ceremony and reception were outdoors in the same venue. There were different areas to hang out (i.e, run around in). I provided coloring books and carayons. None of the kids used them because they just ran around and tore up it up on the dance floor. I think they had a blast!
Post # 5
- Wedding: May 2015 - Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception / Courtyard Marriott Legacy Ballroom
We had a sit down reception with no dancing, so I definitely felt like the kids needed something to do! We did a small, wedding themed coloring book with a set of 4 crayons plus wikki stix (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001BC73Y2). They were a big hit with all the kids (ranging from 2 to 6 years old) and at least one of the moms told me that they kept her kids occupied during the whole reception. I just set them out in a basket next to our prayer card favors so that the parents could choose what to give to their kids.
Post # 6
I made each child a gift bag with crayons, colouring book, flip flops for dancing, glow in the dark necklaces and rings, drinking cups so that they didnt spill on their fancy attire, deck of cards for the older ones, stickers, little cars… can’t remember what else
Post # 7
We went with “Grab ‘n Go Play Packs” which were $1 at Michaels and a party store. They are these resealable bags with a coloring book, a few crayons and a bunch of stickers. They come in lots of licensed characters (like Disney characters, Minions, Hello Kitty, etc). I figured kids would be more excited about something familiar than a generic wedding themed book. Plus- I figure I couldn’t put together the same thing for less than a dollar anyway.
For the babies I bought some inexpensive beanie baby type toys from Oriental Trading.
The kids had a great time. They colored. They danced. They ran around outside.
Post # 8
We had a photobooth at our reception and the children loved it and had a blast playing with the props included while they got to get their picture taken. 🙂
Post # 9
The pp’s definitely provided great ideas. My children are HUGE fans of wikki stix, mini bubble bottles, stencils, disposable cameras that entertain them with snapping funny face pics of eachother and gold fish snacks. HTH’s
Post # 10
- Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter\'s Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle
I made up activity books for the five kids we had at the wedding (ages 7 down to 2) and personalised them a bit – the ones for the older kids had different activities and less colouring in than the ones for the younger kids did, plus I found a site which had mazes in the shape of letters so I put those in using the first initial for each kid. They were a hit (and some of the adults borrowed the colouring pencils and drew us pictures…). I picked colouring pencils over felt tips because then I figured they couldn’t mark their clothes or the table linens.
We also used our favourite books as centrepieces (and they doubled as favours) so I made sure to put some of our favourite childhood books in at the tables where there were kids. There’s a photo somewhere of my dad sitting with my nephew on his knee, reading him the book we’d put there for him, which I love.
Our venue provided kids’ meals as well (I think it was chicken nuggets and chips, then icecream and chocolate sauce) which went down well. We did do a buffet so I think some of the kids ended up eating some food from their parents’ plates as well!
Post # 11
I am not a parent but I am a Pre-K teacher and I like to think that I know a thing or two about this matter lol. My fiance and I had hosted our engagement brunch recently and had all of our family and closest friends in attendance (aka a lot of people). We had 16 kids under the age of 12 at our event. My fiance and I gave out “goodie bags” filled with coloring books, stickers, tattoos, candy… We also handed out puffs for the infants-tods in case they started to get cranky. There was also a manipulatives play corner where they played with LEGOs.