Post what you think is Neccessary or handy for a Kids Show here.
I've read through most of the posts on this subject, and everyone has had some excellent ideas, so I won't add to the list of tricks, but I will give some advice that has served me well over the past couple of years:
I once asked a magician buddy of mine (Brad Gordon) what his advice to kid's performers would be, and he responded by saying:
"It's two things: be funny and make a mess." I agree 100%. From that, I've kind of developed five rules for my show...
1. Funny is more important than magic
2. Use tape as a "do not cross" line (also mentioned in another post)
3. Start the show by traing the kids how to behave (that's a long discussion)
4. Make a mess - confetti, candy, stuff all over the floor
5. Use volunteers (I usually dress mine up) -
Some other tips:
1. bribe the kids with balloon animals (if you're a good audience I'll make balloon animals). Every now and then, during a show, I'll say to a kid... "somebody doesn't want a balloon animal..." That usually quiets the hecklers.
2. Make sure that you have a place to throw all of your props (out of sight) once the trick is over.
3. Use balloons and colorful items.
Check out this picture on my website... http://www.stonecoldmagic.com/showpics.html
you'll see that I dressed up the volunteer (rule #5) as an artist for the coloring book trick. I actually "borrowed" this idea from a magician who performed at my birthday in the third grade. Because I remembered it for all these years, I assume that most other kids would feel the same way.
Hopefully this will be valuable information to you. It has served me well over the years. Let me know if you want me to expound on any of these.