Category Archives: Waiting Times – Restaurants, Doctor’s Offices and More

Waiting is actually a great time to have quality experiences with the kids. Think about how many places we wait together — for food to be served at a restaurant, to see a doctor, at a transportation center, in traffic, for a relative to arrive and on and on. Try these activities to make the time go faster and to let your kids know you, too, know how hard it is to be patient.

Follow the Path

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Here’s the situation. You’re eating out at a restaurant and it’s just taking too long for the food. What to do? Look around you — there are wonderful props for KIDFUN. For example, sugar packets are great for making a path from one side of the table to the other. You can take imaginary walks down this path or you… Read more »

Crazy Animals

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You may be wondering what these drawings represent, and that’s exactly what I want you to do. Because they are artistic creations and nothing specific. We call them Crazy Animals. Yep, so crazy that there can be 10 eyeballs right in the middle of a rectangle body. So crazy, that a chicken foot might be popping out of the top this oval… Read more »

Concoction Cooking

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You could say I hate to see uneaten food get wasted! You could say … I know a great way to keep kids occupied! … Or, you could say … I’m just remembering some great fun I had with my brother when I was a kid! Well, they all work! … Did you ever do this? Make a terrific concoction… Read more »

Blow It — great at restaurants

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It was one of those times where a resourceful KIDFUN idea would really help. Waiting for food at a casual restaurant, we played “Blow It.” We tore a couple pieces from the straw wrapper and blew it, literally, across the table. See the fork and spoon there? It was a channel. And — off they go! Who was going to… Read more »

Stick Letters

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I think I wrote about this kind of thing before — but it’s always fun to take “stuff” and make letters out of it. Look at this! Ryan took our roles of gift wrap and said, “Let’ make a K for KIDFUN, Grammy!” … Great idea! We also made a T, an F, an X — any other letter with… Read more »

Delicious Dessert Surprise!

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Look at that face! Doesn’t that look like someone who is so proud of herself? That’s Ryan after mixing up a dessert surprise for her cousin Caitlin! Okay, maybe Grammy got in the act, too! We just mixed up some leftovers from dinner last night. A little of this and a little of that. I bet your kids will have… Read more »

Dot to Dot Artwork

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Here’s Sari showing off her artwork! It was dot to dot art. Try it (okay, maybe NOT with permanent markers like her Grammy gave her!) … With eyes opened or closed, make dots — or little squiggles as Sari preferred — all over a paper. Then connect them. Just making the dots is fun!

Silverware Alphabet

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Okay, maybe playing with knives is not such a good idea, but when you’re in charge, it’s okay!! While waiting for food to arrive at a restaurant, we tried this KIDFUN activity. Guess the letter? Of course — a K for KIDFUN! There were lots of letters we could make — anything that didn’t have a circle shape as part… Read more »

Sticker Letters

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 See this assortment of stickers? There are so many creative things to do with them, and with more credit to my five-year-old granddaughter Ryan, she suggests making Sticker letters for KIDFUN. A fun way to learn the alphabet and a great activity to keep kids busy — even when waiting at a restaurant or doctor’s office! Okay, can your child… Read more »

Real “Stuff” Sculpture

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Maybe, one day, Ryan will become a sculptor because she   loves creating art from all kinds of things — like forks! We were waiting at a restaurant and she just started playing with a couple forks and look at this! She said, “Grammy, it’s sculpture!” What can you use for building tools in your house? Maybe little boxes or… Read more »