Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Dining Out Fun: Do-It-Yourself Restaurant Kits | Family Economics
Over the years, I’ve discovered the more prepared and organized I am occupying my children while they wait for their meals, the more successful our dining out experience has been. This inspired me to create a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) restaurant kit. This kit is full of fun to keep children busy as they patiently wait for their meals to be delivered to the table.
You may find less fidgeting and “I’m bored” moments by creating your own DIY restaurant kit to take along on your dining experiences.
DIY Restaurant Kit Instructions:
1. Purchase a closeable plastic tote with a handle. You can find inexpensive totes at your local dollar store. Other types of closeable bags or containers will work as well.
2. Have your children personalize and decorate their totes with art supplies.
3. Collect items to place inside your tote. The items you chose will be based off of your children’s preferences and what they consider the most entertaining. Here are a few ideas for your kit:
• Pens and pencils
• Mini coloring books
• Mini notepads
• Word search books
• Index cards for coloring or playing tic-tac-toe
• Small games and toys
• Playing cards (old maid, go fish)
• Small Slinky
Be sure to include hand wipes with your kit and leave it in your car so that you are prepared for random family dining out occasions. Remember to refill your kits when needed and change the contents as they grow older.
The DIY restaurant kit is also perfect for taking along to doctor visits or other situations your children may need it to play quietly. What are some items your children would love in their restaurant kit? I would love to hear your ideas!