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
For the word-loving kids who also enjoy ridiculous stories. Laughter will ensue!
2. Silly Putty
For the sensory kid who loves to squish and mold things.
A great spelling game similar to Scrabble. It also comes in a preschool edition!
A classic form of distraction. For the visual kiddo and problem solver.
A timeless game that kids as young as three can enjoy. Bonus: it’s super cheap!
6. Dry Erase Games
So many games to complete over and over again! A personal favorite!
7. Plus Plus
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
For a toddler who loves to draw, this is a no-brainer.
9. Lacing Boards
Great for a toddler learning finger dexterity.
10. Color Wonder Stow & Go
The classic distraction toy, a coloring book, and markers. But this one is no mess!
11. Suction Rattle Toys
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
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
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
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
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!