Post # 1
Ok so I’m going to throw this out there and hopefully some bees and give me some ideas 🙂 We are having our wedding on May 18th and plan on having the kids sit together at one table (parents approved, in case anyone asks). About half are 5 and under and the other half are 12-15. The older kids have agreed to keep an eye on the younger ones (what an awesome bonus for us). I made little activity packs for the younger kids with things to do (coloring books, crayons, stickers, toys, snacks and some glow things for when the sun sets seen as we’ll be outdoors). I was trying to make/give something to the older ones too without being too corny or cheesy; if anything at least some sort of thank you for surviving an entire night of sitting at a table of toddlers.
Post # 3
Do you know them well enough to know their likes? Maybe gift cards, gamestop, iTunes, etc. Going by what they would enjoy.
Post # 4
Gift cards are nice if you know what they like, like a PP said. If they are from the area you could get them just a mall giftcard or something.
Post # 5
@irishredsoxgirl: I work with middle schoolers and I know the kids in my center really love Madlibs, so I think you could get them each a small Madlibs book with a cool pen or something. That way they could talk to each other and fill them out together. They also like puzzle books, but I’d stay away from the more boring crosswords and sudoku type and stick with something more fun like the “find five differences in these pictures,” or “figure out the hidden message.”
I don’t know if the kids are mostly boys or girls, but the girls I work with also love making friendship bracelets and I think they sell cheap kits at walmart. Another simple gift item for girls could be just lipgloss or nail polish, just as a thank you for being with the little ones all night.
If you are just looking for ways to keep them entertained for the night you could also think about bringing a few games. My kids LOVE Apples to Apples and Headbands. I think if you had either of those games at a table for them they’d have fun. (Obviously you wouldn’t want to buy a separate game for each of them). Or you could bring some sort of bean bag toss game since it’s an outdoor wedding.
Just wanted to throw some ideas out there for you. I can’t really think of anything else, but I’ll ask my middle schoolers today and see what they think. Also, even though the teens would probably be offended if you gave them a coloring book as a gift, I’d be willing to bet they’d have a great time coloring if you left some extra books and crayons out on the table. And please give the glow toys to the teens too. My kids LOVE glowsticks! Maybe also give them a mini pack of bubbles as something they can use to play with the toddlers so they can have fun together.
Hope this helps! Sorry if it was a little jumbled.
Post # 6
Board games are always good, or just a simple deck of cards.
Post # 7
@newwebb: That helped SOOO much, thank you so much!!
All the ideas are helpful 🙂