Kids’ Kits

Remember our kids’ table? Well, I started to think that having a communal box of crayons, markers, etc. might not be the best idea. I have 2 nieces, and when we dine out at restaurants and they provide just one box of crayons it’s mayhem. They are sweet girls, but sharing can sometimes be hard. And then I started to think, ‘Hmm”¦why not make kids’ kits?’ These kits will have everything a child would need to have a great time at the kids’ table (at least I can tell myself that).

Thanks to Miss Apple Cider, I have an idea of where to get the boxes we will use.

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So what will we include in these magic boxes?

Well, I need some ideas! For the girls I’m considering: rings (maybe ring pops?), crayons, stickers, bracelets and a homemade activity book. And for the boys: cars, stickers, crayons, and a homemade activity book. As I said before, I only have nieces, so I’m having a hard time figuring out what the boys will want and what can span the ages. I asked Mr. Fro Yo what he liked when he was young and the only thing he could come up with was Ninja Turtles. I think kids nowadays are done playing with Ninja Turtles.

So, what else should I include?

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Wedding Date:
April 2010
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    Angelbaby1968, Guest @ 2:48 pm

    We are including glow sticks for the kids to play with.

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    lampshade127 777 posts, Busy bee @ 2:48 pm

    Can anyone who has ordered through US Box estimate shipping charges for 50 gable boxes for me? Thanks!

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    Newport Nuptials 1268 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:49 pm

    I love the idea of kid kits. I think the crayons and activity books will be a hit.

    Why not get a few card games like go fish or old maid? I’d try a place like orientaltrading for cheap things. I worked at an arcade and kids love crazy little things from places like that.

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    May Bride, Guest @ 2:49 pm

    For our kids I included:
    -Color Wonder markers and paper (so the marker would only go on the paper, not the table!)
    -Those little foam pellet things that you put in water and they expand into animals and whatever
    -Glow bracelets (BIG hit!)

    I got all of these at Michael’s and they were really well priced, especially the glow bracelets.

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    mrstye 78 posts, Worker bee @ 3:04 pm

    I would do the same for the boys and girls. Kids have a way of wanting whatever it is they don’t have and I’m sure there are plenty of unisex items to include. PPs have already suggested a number of good ones, and I bet actually going to the store will provide tons more that never would’ve occured to you.

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    frozen yogurt 2600 posts, Sugar bee @ 3:07 pm

    Thanks for all the great ideas! I love glow sticks!!

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    mechiebaby 376 posts, Helper bee @ 3:17 pm

    The hottest thing for boys right now (I would say) is transformers!

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    Angie, Guest @ 3:18 pm

    The kids’ kits are a great idea. The boys might enjoy Pokemon cards or those little Lego sets that come in small boxes.

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    edb 415 posts, Helper bee @ 3:21 pm

    Don’t gender them – I looooved playing with cars when I was a kid, and if they all have the same toys, they can play together.
    What about legos, if they’re all above 3 or 5 or whatever? Or little puzzles? I also love the idea of having card games.
    Oooh and mad-libs!

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    mcnetn3 1675 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:36 pm

    I would be careful with anything sticky if there are kids under 6– you may end up with a ring pop or dstuck to your dress!
    Also, I get my best kid craft inspiration when I go to Michaels and puruse the aisles (i’ve found braclet making kits, suncatcher kits, ornaments to decorate for x-mas, etc). I craft with my nieces and that’s how i come up with most of my ideas– i bet you could find fun stuff for reasonable prices doing that

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    tea 2414 posts, Buzzing bee @ 3:44 pm

    i second mcnetn3′s suggestion of hitting up michael’s. you can also try target’s dollar section as well. both places usually have tons of great things you can toss in a kid’s kit.

    also, edb made a good point. growing up, i was always the odd girl out, more often than not opting for the boy’s happy meal option for the cool toys than the girls’. much rather have the hot wheel instead of the stupid barbie. haha. a couple of gender specific items are okay but make sure to add a few non-gender ones too.

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    kkuether 72 posts, Worker bee @ 3:47 pm

    I got cheap stuff at Michael’s and Jo-Ann like everyone else – we did a homemade coloring book (got the tutorial off wedding bee for how to make it from your own photos) with crayons, stickers, pipe cleaners, bubbles, glow bracelets. all these were a hit with the boys and girls, although they were all 6 or younger. they really came in handy when the kids got antsy at the reception – and the kids were really quite happy with just the simple, cheap things.

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    Ms. Red Head 70 posts, Worker bee @ 3:48 pm

    we went to our local joke store and picked up some peez dispensers, finger puppets things, bouncing balls, yo-yos, and the like. Although our reception is outside, so that might alter the things you put in your kits!

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    ggsb 1245 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:52 pm

    We did crayon rolls (made from a placemat sewn together tied with ribbon), homemade activity books, glow sticks, mini puzzles (from the $1 section at Michaels) and a few of those Martha Stewart no glue needed puppet kits. I also had my mom do monogrammed white bibs for the babies.

    The crayon/colored pencil rolls were a big hit with their parents since they would make great car trip crayon holders.

    The glow sticks were the biggest hit with the kiddos, especially after sunset. We had kiddos chasing lightening bugs with the glow sticks. It was quite funny.

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    tenmylove 435 posts, Helper bee @ 3:59 pm

    Bubble wrap? That seems to be the only thing that can keep kids I know happy :)

    Okay… so yes, the suggestion is crazy but I just had to throw that out there.

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    jaydee1125 453 posts, Helper bee @ 4:10 pm

    Another good place for kids stuff is oriental trading. I order from there when I have parties for my daughter, and they are relatively inexpensive.

    Play-doh – kids love that stuff.

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    alohababy28 468 posts, Helper bee @ 4:21 pm

    I also say check out the kiddie aisles at Michaels, Joann’s even Walmart or the dollar store. Anything that keeps them occupied and doesn’t make a big mess (im thinking of the disaster area the house is when the nephews sit at a table and play- small things tend to end up everywhere) or like someone said nothing sticky or that could stain your dress. Maybe try McDonalds for a bunch of happy meal toys- they keep our nephews occupied. They sell them for a dollar or so, or you and the Mr. can have a few happy meal dinners :-)

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    kat, Guest @ 4:24 pm

    bubbles!

    We also did snacks — we thought they might be hungry before dinner was served and adult appetizers just might not do it for ‘em. I think we had a juice box, a package of goldfish and little package of cookies.

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    soniasays 82 posts, Worker bee @ 4:54 pm

    Bubbles for sure! Some stores (I see them a lot in the Borders check-out aisle and I know Target, etc have them) sell these packs of squishy lizards, frogs, or bugs that stretch that my brother and I used to LOVE. someone said madlibs- greatest idea ever!!

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    kmattso2 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:57 pm

    I would make a trip to your local dollar store and see what kind of goodies you can find there.

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    canegirl08 158 posts, Blushing bee @ 5:22 pm

    If they are above the choke age, boys love matchbox cars. I also love crafty things that keep their hands busy but won’t make a mess. Make your own friendship bracelet and things like that are always great.

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    Sarah@WeddingBook.com, Guest @ 5:25 pm

    I second Oriental Trading company! Also, not sure what your plans are with the activity books, but a friend of mine actually had pictures of the couple drawn and developed into a coloring book- so they were coloring the actual bride and groom! You could take this a step further and have easy word games with wedding themes, or even the names of the kids. Great idea!!

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    pvaulter718 2116 posts, Buzzing bee @ 5:41 pm

    Mine seemed to be a big hit with the smaller guests and parents alike. The advice I recieved from parents was to avoid things that can get overly sticky – lollipops, lots of candy, etc and things that stain – grape juice, perm markers, etc.

    I made sure they all contained the same things that way there was no debate about who’s was better, bigger, etc. I spent about $7 per box, and we had 13 kids. Crayons, coloring books, a doll, puzzle, fruit snacks. A small accordian scrap-book and stickers, glow sticks, and cars for the boys.

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    kate6214 286 posts, Helper bee @ 9:25 pm

    I would check out your local Dollar Store.

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    mandalynn17 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:01 pm

    Everyone else has already given great ideas, so I’m just going to say that this post reminded me of The Baby-Sitter’s Club and their kid kits! Brings me back to elementary school when I owned soo many of the books!

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    espresso 1308 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:38 pm

    Legos and small games are always good. I think your idea of stickers and matchstick cars will go over great. I provided my flower girl with princess items; (tiara, rings, bracelets, boa, wand) maybe some of the girls would like those kind of girly things (a lot I purchased in the dollar section at Target). Maybe some magic tricks too. Either way I think the kids will just like that you thought of them :)

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    poodle 3386 posts, Sugar bee @ 10:42 pm

    Everyone had so many great ideas! I just want to say that I want a glow in the dark bracelet for myself lol

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    eholden 268 posts, Helper bee @ 1:24 am

    Ninja turtles aren’t completely out. I watched a boy that LOVED them. They remade the movies not too long ago.

    But the boys that I work with at the boys and girls club are third grade and they LOVE Captain Underpants or Bone books and joke/gross story books.

    Jenga and Guess Who? are also super popular with both boys and girls if you wanted to do a board game or two.

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    Lish 193 posts, Blushing bee @ 1:22 pm

    Transformers! They’re timeless (and come in everything from plastic to collector’s steel so price ranges are so easy to shop in!)

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    alishaneva 2152 posts, Buzzing bee @ 2:04 pm

    playdoh is always great! legos (they sell little lego kits) slinkies … and there are always like foam crafts and stuff. My favorite spot to go when entertaining kids is the party aisles at walmart and target and the dollar spots there as well! There is always SOMETHING there that will make any kids’ heart beat extra hard!

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    BeachyBride2010 350 posts, Helper bee @ 2:19 pm

    Matchbox cars… get a multi-pack of whimsical ones, boys and girls will love ‘em!

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    doublemint921 499 posts, Helper bee @ 4:15 pm

    I second the matchbox cars. They are fairly inexpensive and can keep boys entertained forever. My younger brother couldn’t get enough of them when he was little. Besides it could be fun for them to have something to swap around with other little boys.

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    RecessionistaBride 5018 posts, Bee Keeper @ 2:51 am

    Something that won’t stain your linens! Stickers, coloring books that require special markers, an activity book, little puzzles/games, candy! I love weddings that embrace kids :)

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    heather from the bar 4 posts, Wannabee @ 12:37 am

    If you haven’t created your activity book yet, I just posted a downloadable version of the one I created for me wedding! You can find it here: http://wemetinabar.com/downloads/

    Best of luck!
    Heather

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