To make a silent auction fun for kids, you can follow an art-theme for the auction; have movie-themed baskets as the auctioned items; put games and toys in auction baskets; or auction different types of gift cards.
Silent auctions are a great idea for raising funds. It is different from the traditional auction because there is no public bidding and there is no auctioneer who facilitates the bidding process loudly. The auctioned items are typically set up for guests to view at their leisure. Each of the items to be auctioned has a starting or minimum bid. People who are interested in an item will bid for it by writing a bid on a paper and then submit it. Bidders have to wait and see if they won the item or if someone else outbid them. Organizing a silent auction for kids can be twice as fun as preparing an ordinary auction. Here are a few Silent Auction Ideas that might interest you:
Organize an auction with an art theme
Why not try to organize an art-themed silent auction? Take baskets and fill them with various arts and craft items that kids may use for art projects. Make each basket unique with different sets of supplies. You can have one basket intended for preschoolers by filling it with items like finger paints, modeling clay, coloring books and stickers. While another basket could consist of art and craft materials which older children can make use like scrapbooks, acrylic paints, canvas frames and paintbrushes. To give the auction a distinctive twist, try decorating the venue like an art gallery that showcases various artworks and crafts created by kids.
Follow a movie night-theme for the auctioned baskets
No matter how old they are, children adore movies. Consider this idea for an auction by filling movie-night items into baskets. Include gift cards to the local movie rental shop, snacks like microwaveable popcorn and candies and even posters. Auction items for older kids might include tickets to a local movie theater. You can include a gift certificate at local restaurants so the kids can go for a snack before or after the movie.
Use baskets full of games and toys for the auction
Children always love toys and games. Auction off baskets filled with an assortment games and toys for children. You can have two baskets, one for boys which is filled with their favorite things like puzzles, model cars and superhero figures and another for girls filled with things like crowns, wands and dress-up clothes. You could also go for a basket filled with group games like Monopoly or Scrabble.
Auction various gift certificates
Silent auctions sometimes include services that can be bid upon. You can request sponsorship in the form of gift certificates for services and different items from local businesses. You can request babysitters you know to offer gift certificates for their services. This can also make the auction interesting for parents. Some items you might consider including are gift certificates to toy stores, theme parks, or child-friendly restaurants.
Always make the silent auction you are organizing fun and appealing to the kids. Your imagination should be your only limit for the different fun things you can try for the event.