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A boy sitting at a table smiling while holding a knife and fork and text above him.Our family stays busy.  We run to the store, we go to church, the kids go to church and we love to eat out.   We go out to eat about once a week… I’d love to eat out more, but we are always trying to save money and eat healthy, so once a week is enough for us.

The problem with going out to eat with four kids, ages 8, 6, 4 and 2 is simply the waiting.   Teaching kids to wait at the restaurant can be hard, but it can be done.  Waiting for food is hard for hungry kids.   They start to play with the sugar packets, the menus, the silverware…


Here is a fun game to take up that time when waiting.   This game teaches kids to pay attention, so I love it!

YOU SAY: “I have a straw, a napkin and a spoon”
Give your child a second to register this and then ask:  “Can you put them in order for me on the table?” 

After your child does this, put them back in the correct places and play it again, but add something else…

“Now I have a straw, a napkin, a spoon and a drink.”

Ask you child to put them into that order.   You could even change things up a bit “I have a napkin, a straw, a spoon and a drink” because if you child is over three, it might be too easy for him/her.

This is an easy game to help your child get through that long waiting period, while waiting at a restaurant.

Hi there!

I’m Becky, a former elementary school teacher turned certified child development therapist and blogger. I work at home with my husband and together we are raising (and partially homeschooling) our four children in the Carolinas. I love diet coke, ice cream, and spending time with my family.

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