Children at weddings are wonderful – as long as they’re kept occupied! A wedding creche is the easiest solution but if you want to do it yourself, here’s our pick of the best children’s activity packs for weddings to make sure the little darlings have fun, and, more importantly, so do you.
Activity Packs by Ages
The good news is it’s very easy and inexpensive to keep children of all ages entertained and quiet at your wedding, you just need to plan ahead. As a mother of two who has taken the little darlings to several weddings over the years, here’s my general guide to what will keep children of all ages quiet at a wedding:
0-3 years old: For babies and toddlers age-appropriate soft toys and snacks may be all you need. Not all toys are designed for children under the age of 3 years as that age tends to put everything in their mouth so either go to Mothercare to be sure of safety or check with the parents beforehand. Don’t worry, most parents of very young children will bring along exactly what they need to ensure their child is quiet and kept occupied. Tiny box sets of books can be a winner for most small children too.
3-10 years old: Three year olds upwards love princes and princesses, superheroes and trains so they are often the easiest ages to buy for. Most younger children love colouring and from the age of 8 or so many will start to enjoy doing sticker books, word searches and puzzles which can keep them so quietly entertained you might even forget they are there! Over the age of 3 children love blowing bubbles too which is a silent actvity they will love. If they’re too young to be trusted with the bottle their parents can blow the bubbles for them to enjoy. They might even enjoy that too.
10 years old plus: Puzzle books and fiction for older children can also be a good idea. Educational games and books such as Horrible Histories or comics and small arts and crafts packs will often be very gratefully recieved. Tiny children’s sewing kits are often a hit with the under 12s and teens should be able to keep themselves entertained by that age.
And if you still can’t relax about the thought of having small children at your wedding, we recommend booking a professional wedding creche – they’re the experts at entertaining children and will ensure everyone has the best day possible.
Kate Thompson is Confetti's features editor and wedding expert, and has worked in the wedding industry for 15 years. A widely published lifestyle writer, she has made BBC television and radio appearances discussing wedding trends in the UK.