Post # 1
There won’t be a ton of kids at the wedding, but I would like my cousins to have something to do (ages 2-8). Are there any suggestions? I was trying to look into craft sets but most involved glue and other messy things like beads that I don’t think parents with dressed up children would like, nor would the vendors! I’ll do coloring books, but any other ideas?
Post # 3
Bubbles? Or noisemakers? If you want a nice peaceful evening, this obviously wouldn’t work, but the cheap dollar store ones are usually not so loud. 🙂 Also, my 3 year old nephew has been practicing the "Chicken Dance." We didn’t really want to do any group dances at the reception, but now we’re changing our minds since it’ll be so fun for the kids.
Post # 4
yeah, i’d say coloring books, bubbles, and encourage them to dance (if you’re having dancing). kids loving jumping around like crazy!
Post # 5
yeah, we arent having dancing and the room will be fairly crowded so I’m trying to keep them entertained at the table. Noisemakers are probably a no because we’re at a bed and breakfast and we didn’t rent the whole place out. It’ll be memorial day weekend and they’re booked completely so I’d get in trouble if we annoyed the other guests! (which is also why we aren’t having dancing :p) lol Bubbles could work though, my mom just said something about it staining clothes? Does the solution stain?
Post # 6
I raided the $1 bin section at Target for my 2 ringbearers to keep them entertained at church and the reception. The also have those marker sets that only write on certain paper which could reduce the mess if you get some of those.
For the older girls what about a craft kit like this where the pieces have adhesive on them already and they can make their own purses, or color their own purses. Or sock puppet kits for boys. (These all say ages 3 and up) I just searched Amazon for craft kits. Some of these might be a little expensive, but maybe you could make your own kits, like buy socks and supplies that already have the adhesives on them.
You could also get a portable DVD player for their table for the younger kids.
Post # 7
You said the kids range in age 2-8 yrs? What is the proportion of boys to girls?
What I am doing with our two two year olds, one five yr old flower girls (& we may possibly have three additional kids- rsvp’s haven’t fully arrived back to know about this one family) I am providing stickers, those special markers that are clear but on the designated coloring book has a color… we have a portable cd player if they want to go to the bridal room to chill and watch a movie. The girls love to play dress up- so I bought on sale some items (fairy wings, fairy wands).
You can create a wedding scavenger hunt for the kids at the wedding. It shouldn’t be that much more work. But you can create a little mapof the wedding hall. Get some of your guests in on it. Like ‘find the mother of the bride- and say the magic word that rhymes with cheese’ and have your mom have something on hand to give to the kids…. Maybe hide some gnomes with numbers on them and see if the kids can find all five. and that way- the kids are interacting with the guests- and you are keeping them within sight of the guests. ;o)
Post # 8
Just try out the bubbles first. Some solutions stain some types of clothing (usually only fabrics like satin and silk).
Also, dollar stores often sell age appropriate toys that kids can play with at the table like dolls, stuffed animals, etc… I second the dvd player for the little ones, but it might be pretty hard to get a 2 year old to sit quietly through a whole reception. Maybe for the older kids you could also look into travel board games? I think ToysRUs sells these neat little magnetic games of tic-tac-toe and chinese checkers.
Post # 9
- Wedding: June 2009 - Red Fish Grill
I’m doing coloring books, too. Our little guests will range from 2-10. LLauRRa gave me some great suggestions for the older kids: wedding word searches, "I Spy" activities, connect the dots. I know our oldest one would love a MadLibs book.
Some ideas for quieter activities are slider puzzles, finger puppets, water games, and matching games. You could also enlist them to be mini photographers by giving them each a disposable camera.
I hope these help! :o)