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15 Toys to Distract Your Kids at Restaurants

Taking your kids out to eat doesn't have to be a stressful event. Here are 10 great toys that will distract your kids at a restaurant.

Updated April 27, 2024

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Taking kids to a restaurant can be a stressful event. As parents, you worry if they will sit still, use manners, use inside voices, etc. And who can blame a kid for getting rowdy? Sitting still and being quiet can be boring, even for adults sometimes. But if you ever have any aspirations for socializing and/or not cooking every night after you have kids, you’ve got to find a way to keep those kiddos entertained at a restaurant. Well, don’t fret, mamas! We’ve done some work for you and have created a quick list of 15 toys that will distract your kids at a restaurant. Take one, two, or all of them! Whatever it takes to get a decent meal!

Toys to Distract Your Kids at Restaurants

1. Mad Libs

15 Toys to Distract Your Kids at Restaurants

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For the word-loving kids who also enjoy ridiculous stories. Laughter will ensue!

2. Silly Putty

silly putty
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For the sensory kid who loves to squish and mold things.

3. Bananagrams

double bananagrams game for kids

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A great spelling game similar to Scrabble. It also comes in a preschool edition!

4. Puzzles

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A classic form of distraction. For the visual kiddo and problem solver.

5. Mini-Pinball

mini pinball game

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A timeless game that kids as young as three can enjoy. Bonus: it’s super cheap!

6. Dry Erase Games

dots and mazes dry erase game
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So many games to complete over and over again! A personal favorite!

7. Plus Plus

stem puzzle builder
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This incredible STEM toy encourages fine motor skills, logic, creativity, and imagination. There is a small cult following with this toy. Kids and moms love it!

8. Travel Doodle Pro

fisher price doodle sketch pro
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For a toddler who loves to draw, this is a no-brainer.

9. Lacing Boards

lace and trace farm animals
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Great for a toddler learning finger dexterity.

10. Color Wonder Stow & Go

crayola mess free markers and studio

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The classic distraction toy, a coloring book, and markers. But this one is no mess!

11. Suction Rattle Toys

Baby sensory rattles
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Easily attaches to any smooth surface while a baby can spin, press, and twist different parts of the rattle to strengthen hand-eye coordination.

12. Table Tyke Silicone Placemat

silicone travel placemat
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This portable placemat is constructed with a bumper that hugs the table’s edge. This keeps your child’s play and eating area clean and safe!

13. Melissa & Doug Water Wow Pad

15 Toys to Distract Your Kids at Restaurants
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These “magic” water reveal pads are so great! You fill the pen with water, and your child can color without making a mess. Once the pad dries, you can use it over and over again!

14. Wikki Stix

Wikki stix
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These waxed yarn sticks are perfect for reusable molding and sculpting! Children of all ages can let their imaginations run free by creating countless sculptures.

15. Melissa & Doug Puffy Sticker Play Set

puffy sticker pad
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This reusable play set includes 52 stickers. The set has a fold-and-go play scene plus a handle for easy carrying!

Can you add some great toys to this list? These toys are also perfect for road trips and waiting rooms. Maybe even keep a tote bag full of them in the car for emergency purposes? Good luck, mamas. And happy dining!

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Cheyenne is a former lawyer turned writer, editor, and work-from-home mom living in San Marcos, Texas, with her daughter, Aislin, and son, Hawkins. She and her kids moved to the… Read more

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