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5 tricks to keep kids busy at a restaurant (and we don't mean using gadgets)

Keep the gadgets aside and engage your kids in some fun activities while at the restaurant.

Written by Bhakti Paun Sharma | Published : February 23, 2016 6:28 PM IST

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Walk in to a kid friendly restaurant and you will see most children busy playing games or watching videos on smart phones or tabs. It is nice to see a child with a book occasionally but these gadgets are no way to keep a child busy in a good way at a restaurant. Make it a family time with these simple tricks that can keep a child busy and happy when you are dining out:

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Salad art: Order a green salad or crudités and let the plate be your kid’s canvas. Let them make figures or different shapes using these things. If you have two kids, you can even ask them to compete and keep them busy longer.  Also Read - 10 Unusual Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis That Shouldn't Be Ignored

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Tell a tale: A super easy and fun game, tell a tale will be a family activity. You can start weaving story as a family where each contributes one sentence and the next member continues. This game also challenges the kids imagination and creativity.

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Observe guests: If the kids are done with a game, engage them in a little observation game. Ask them to count number of men or women in the restaurant. Ask them to count people wearing white or any particular colour clothes or shoes and much more. This game can go on and on. Also Read - Environment Day 2023: Why Time Has Come For Us To Go Beyond Sanitary Napkins?

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Read the menu: Let the kids practice reading skills with the menu. If you have a toddler, they can identify the alphabets or count the number of dishes on the menu. If the restaurant has a takeaway paper menu that can be discarded later on, your child could even circle all “a’s” and other alphabets in the menu.

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Best thing, worst thing: Ask your child questions about things that happened to them during the day, the week, the month and so on. The entire family has to mention one best thing and worst thing that happened. Communication with kids will help in better bonding and will keep them busy till the food comes.  Also Read - World Environment Day: Are Air Conditioners Risky For Heart Health?