Keeping a kid entertained during grown-up dinners?
August 4, 2014 2:01 PM Subscribe
In the next few weeks, I will need to attend a series of late-running formal dinners... with a five-year-old in tow. Please recommend your most magical, engrossing, dinner-table-friendly activity books, games, small toys, etc. for the early school-aged set, so we can keep her quietly in her seat and out of everyone's hair.
posted by Bardolph to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (28 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
The child in question can read a bit, but not for extended periods without help; she's OK with some coloring/drawing, but it doesn't particularly hold her attention. General interests, sadly, are of the standard-issue Disneyfied variety: princesses, dresses, fairies, Frozen (I know-- I tried, I really did! :(). We'll have access to a tablet and possibly a smartphone, but would like to avoid just plunking her in front of a screen; still, if you know of a quiet, non-brain-frying, somewhat cognitively enriching kids' app out there, feel free to recommend it.
I'm ideally hoping to replicate our experience with this sticker book
: child says "Wow!," child opens product, child doesn't look up from it for another hour, parents can focus on wrangling the adults at the table. Any ideas, Metafilter? What self-directed activities have addictively entertained your kids at this age?