We’re off to my brother-in-law’s wedding next Saturday – Alfie is a page boy and my two nieces are flower girls. The prospect of three bored under-fours singing loudly and inappropriately during the speeches slightly fills me with dread, so I decided to be super-organised and invest in some entertainment.* There’s a plethora of wedding-specific goodies out there – here are my five faves (all under a fiver). Sometimes simple is best. Love this idea from YoYoMe – a blank card that little guests colour in (using the accompanying crayons) then present to the bride and groom, £4. You’ll also discover activity boxes, bags and doodle pads for a wide range of ages on the site.
Two Little Boys are the creators of the ‘This Is My Day as a Bridesmaid/Flower Girl/Page Boy’ activity books, but our little people are a bit young, so I’ve bought them each an ‘I Can Spot… At A Wedding’ flip book, £3.50, featuring pictures of 24 things you might expect to see at nuptials for them to tick off. Note to self: take pencils.
I think Alfie and his cousins Flo and Coco are going to love Talking Tables’ Tots Trivia box containing simple questions and actions such as ‘Count your toes and wiggle your nose’, £3.57.
You can’t beat a colouring book when it comes to occupying a fidgety toddler. You could lug a huge one around or you could download and print this fab little wedding-themed one from Lovely Indeed. For free.
Alfie was lucky enough to receive some money for his birthday, so we thought we’d buy a kids’ camera so he can take snaps at the wedding. I’m loving the idea of this list of photographic subjects from the ever-inspiring Martha Stewart Weddings. Another freebie printable – don’t say I’m not good to you. Or you could go totally bespoke and compile your own.
PS: Admittedly, not anything to do with weddings, but I’ve yet to find a child who doesn’t love Okido magazine, packed full of art and science activities. They have a special offer on at the moment – two issues plus an Okido doodle book for £10 – bargain.
*Disclaimer: We will, of course,also be taking the iPad, replete with Toca Boca apps, in case of emergency.