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 is really 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 come up with a quick list of 10 amazing portable toys that will be sure to distract your kids at a restaurant. Take one, or two, or all of them! Whatever it takes to get a decent meal, am I right?
10 Toys to Distract Your Kids at Restaurants
Mad Libs–for the word loving kids who also enjoy ridiculous stories. Laughter will ensue!
Silly Putty–for the sensory kid who loves to squish and mold things.
Puzzles–a classic form of distraction. For the visual kiddo and problem solver.
Mini-Pinball–a timeless game that kids as young as three can enjoy. Bonus: it’s super cheap!
Dry Erase Games–so many games to complete over and over again! A personal favorite!
Plus Plus–this is an incredible STEM toy that encourages fine motor skills, logic, creativity and imagination. There is a slight cult following with this toy. Kids and moms love it!
Travel Doodler Pro–for the toddler who loves to draw, this is a no-brainer.
Lacing Boards–great for a toddler learning finger dexterity.
Color Wonder Stow & Go–the classic distraction toy, a coloring book and markers. But this one is no mess!
Can you add some great toys to this list? These toys are also really good 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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