My childhood visits to grandpa always ended with a trip to Marie Callender’s for grilled cheese and pie. There was always a wait. My siblings and I enjoyed ogling the pies while we waited to be seated, but we were antsy when we finally got to sit down. My parents had some tricks up their sleeves that didn’t need the use of technology! One of my dad’s favorites was making a tic-tac-toe board out of silverware, with sugar packets for the X’s and O’s.
At a recent breakfast, I tried it out with my 3-year-old son. First we placed the silverware in the classic grid. He liked this, but wanted to pile on more silverware. My explanation of using forks and knives rather than the short spoons was lost on him.
Then we selected colors from the sugar basket. B was happy to be allowed to take packets out. He later happily put them back, one by one. Old resentments of my older sister always claiming pink resurfaced. My older brother getting always had second choice, leaving me with yellow or white. I guess today’s kids are lucky to also have blue to choose from.
Our family rule is that the youngest goes first, one silver lining to being the third child. In subsequent rounds, the winner goes first. B places his sugar packet, and then my husband plays his. Somehow B ultimately wins, but, being three, this goes over his head. He is happy to just fill in the squares.
What technology-free tips do you have for entertaining the kids at a busy restaurant?