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Ds2 has started to become a bit rowdy when we eat out. I'd like to find a few really special things to stick in the diaper bag just for use when we're out. When we bring our regular toys from home he just ends up throwing them - I'm hoping if we find something really special that they will keep his interest. Thanks for any and all suggestions!!<br><br>
Oh - and we purposely *don't* have his food brought before ours because if we do he ends up begging off our plates once we get our food! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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check this toy out<br><a href="http://www.homeschoolingsupply.com/maple-landmark/wooden-toys-ml73013.htm" target="_blank">http://www.homeschoolingsupply.com/m...ys-ml73013.htm</a>
 

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we use my boyfriend's cellphone <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">:
 

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We use a small magnadoodle and bring a few books, but I like the sewing shapes the pp suggested (might have to get that for our next flight!).
 

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We made dolls and clothes out of felt, that we use at church. The best part is that dd1 decorated all the clothes herself with stickers and markers. We will probably add to the collection with a frog and more clothes that maybe only fit the frog? HTH.
 

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My kids each got a small DoodlePro for their birthday, and it was a huge hit at restaurants. It isn't something we would have thought to buy for them, but when they lost one of them, we ended up replacing it because it was such a great on-the-go toy.
 

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We keep a Mr. Potato Head set in the car and it's only for restaurants. Actually, it's a "Spuds Buds" set with three figures (potato, carrot, and corn) in a suitcase, and they are miniature (compared to the standard potato one.) There are arms for each of them, faces, feet, and hats. Not tons of choices, but you can mix them. She really likes it and it's her standard before-the-food-comes restaurant toy.<br><br>
We just got some lacing cards (Eeboo brand, "children from around the world" was the style we chose) but that's a toy we have at home. The small wooden lacing shapes in that link look good. My daughter wouldn't have been ready for that last year, though, and your son might be young for them, too.<br><br>
What about a set of finger puppets?<br><br>
A special set of books? (The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fs%2Fref%3Dnb_ss_gw%2F104-9888261-4279909%3Furl%3Dsearch-alias%253Daps%26field-keywords%3Dlook%2Bwhat%2BI%2Bsee%2Bwhere%2BCan%2BI%2Bbe%2Bmichels" target="_blank"><i>Look What I See, Where Can I Be?</i></a> series could be nice in this context, kept to be special when you're out. Those books are super-nice.) Or something small and portable like well-loved issues of Baby Bug? (Pulling out the older ones again after they spend a little while out of the rotation is a big hit around here.)
 

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Maybe something like the <a href="http://www.blueberryforest.com/fun_games/selecta_varialand.htm" target="_blank">VariaLand</a> game by Selecta? That's open-ended and engrossing. Maybe he'd be too young, or it'd be too many pieces/potential for disaster. It seems promising, though.<br><br>
Or something like colorforms--these <a href="http://www.magiccabin.com/magiccabin/product.do?section_id=0&bc=1004&pgc=1059&cmvalue=MCD|0|Normal%20Search%20Result|P1" target="_blank">vinyl play scenes</a>? Probably the zoo, or maybe the Room to Play one, would be most appropriate for a toddler.
 

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We have an older version of this toy - Matchbox Auto Garage -<br><br><a href="http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2373600&cp=2255956.2273442.2610012.2257756&fbn=Brand+Name+Secondary%7CMattel&f=PAD%2FBrand+Name+Secondary%2FMattel&fbc=1&categoryId=2257756&parentPage=search" target="_blank">http://www.toysrus.com/product/index...entPage=search</a><br><br>
It's been a great toy for restaurants and car rides.
 

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Someone got our 6 month old a wooden worm/caterpillar ( we aren't sure. I call him Wormie <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> ) that you can twist into different shapes. Its made by Melissa and Doug. While the 6 month old can't figure out how to make it twist, his 18 month old brother can. Its awesome, and its quiet too.
 

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I put together the same concept from the craft store.All you need is some plastic needle point canvas and some colored shoelaces(at the craft store in the kid section).It's not a cute animal but very inexpensive alternative.<br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">check this toy out<br><a href="http://www.homeschoolingsupply.com/maple-landmark/wooden-toys-ml73013.htm" target="_blank">http://www.homeschoolingsupply.com/m...ys-ml73013.htm</a></div>
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at what age did these things start to WORK<br><br>
Ds is 15 months and will NOT sit still -- or anything near still.<br><br>
I know he is yong, but at some -- won't he be willing to play with toys --a nd stay in a chiair, just right under our table? or with us in a pew at church.<br><br>
currently he runs everywhere -- and SCREAMS if you try to contain him.<br><br>
food MIGHT intrest him for 90 seconds -- toooo much to see. a toy or someing might work for 60 seconds..... maaaaaybe. but only once or twice, you can't jsut keep up with new things.<br><br>
he doesn't even want to be carried around to look -- ie me walking him while DH eats and then my turn to eat -- he wants to run, and climb and pull on everything (and everyone) and SCRAEMS when stopped.<br><br>
We can't go out at all. ANd Dh sits in churhc alone while i walk and walk and chase him all around the halls.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
I know it is his age......I do not expect him to sit quite and let us eat and talk, and jsut sit there.........but I would love not to have him screaming and running all the time.<br><br>
but it sounds like some of your tots DO sit, for a while, if they are kept busy -- WHEN?????<br><br>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/notes2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="notes right-handed">: these are great ideas!
 

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we have a couple of books with reuable stickers. You can reuse them a few times before the stickers stop sticking but they certaintly keep DD occupied. We also take crayons and paper, magna doodle, books (esp libray books that we haven't read so many times).<br><br>
We also take her for a walk round the outside of the restraunt while we wait and make sure we get her a drink, preferably with a straw as soon as we arrive.<br><br>
Our best bet is going with friends, a few extra people to keep her ammused is great.<br><br>
We have some lacing cards, I hadn't thought of taking those.
 

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This didn't really work for me, but did for someone else - she would order her DC a milkshake to drink through a straw. It would take DC a long time to do so, and thus keep him occupied. Just one more idea.
 

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our dd usually just plays with the things on the table- salt, pepper onto a plate, the jam/sugar stacked in and out, or stiring the water and feeding it to her baby doll. she is pretty neat (still can't figure where she go that) so we can ususlly let her do these things without it getting out of control.<br><br>
the lacing cards are a good idea and it reminds me that my mom gave us some chunky lacing beads- that might be another good idea.<br><br>
also, i wonder why parents feed the kids before they go- with us, the food is part of the distraction. maybe this is an age thing?<br><br>
to the poster with the 15m child- i think it is just a child-to-child issue. our dd has always been "pretty" good for taking out to eat. i might have a different standard than others though. i don't expect her to sit in the highchair unless we are eating and we often take her for a walk around outside or something. we were eating out with some friends (no children) and the husband got really upset that we let her play with the salt. i mean, really she was just shaking it onto a plate- not making a mess (i have been a waitress and know what some parents leave behind) but he was so uncomfortable with this. i didn't realise till then how different our expectations might be.<br><br>
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Mine wouldn't sit still for 60 secs either with all the toys in the world and mommy and daddys full attention. Right before he turned 2 we bought a portable DVD player and a backyardigans dvd and now eating out is fun. It is an amazing difference because he doesn't watch tv or movies at home usually. But I don't think he would have been interested at 15 months. Definitely worth the investment though and a lot lighter than the 15 bags of toys I was carrying around to entertain him. (and oh, yes, we did try all the little songs, rhymes, etc. and we did take him for walks outside which helped some).
 

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I'll just walk with her. Basically, dd has so many minutes in her she will sit. If we use them all up befoire the food arrives, then i don't get to eat. So, after we order, I'll walk around the restaurant with her, let her play in the bathroom (its good to teach her to wash her hands before a meal as a hygiene practice anyway!), play with any stuff they might ave out front, newspapernachines, gum, etc. The , we go back to the table and she is happy to sit down and eat.<br>
This works NOW...from about 15 months to 24 months, we simply couldn't go out. It was very difficult.
 

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Thanks for the ideas, mamas. He's only 15 months (I should have included that in the original post) so a few of the ideas won't work yet, but I think that quite a few of them will. I hadn't thought of even simple things like a magnadoodle! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: I really like the lacing idea as well - Three Sisters has a lacing cheese that's for 18 months and up that I've been wanting to buy...so maybe this is a good enough excuse. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Thanks again!
 
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