You Will Need:
A small box or bag containing special items that are only to be taken out at restaurants. Possibilities include: activity books, a calculator, rocks and a magnifying glass, small Etch A Sketch, magnets, paper clips to make a chain, special pens and a book, strings or yarn for braiding, sticker books, magic slates, etc. Do not use small objects like paper clips for children under three.
Collect the items and rotate different activities each time you go to a restaurant. Make the items in the box special, to be used only at restaurants.
Children will look forward to going to restaurants to see what’s in the box, which may help them sit at the table for longer periods.