## Monday, October 26, 2009

### 3 Games to Play While Waiting for the Food

You are at a restaurant waiting for the food to come and your kids are...shall we say, a little squirrely. Here are some games to keep their hands and their minds busy!

Memory Quiz
• Make a grouping of 7 or 8 objects from the table: sugar packets, silver wear, salt shaker etc.
• Give the other players 10 or so seconds to look at it.
• Have them cover their eyes while you remove one object.
• Now the players get to guess which object is missing.
• The winner of the first round gets to be the one to choose the item to hide for the next round.
One or Two?
• This is a game for two players.
• Place 7 sugar packets in a row.
• Player one may take away 1 or 2 sugar packets.
• Player two may also take away 1 or 2 packets.
• Continue to take turns in this manner
• The one who is left with the last sugar packet loses.
• The loser gets to go first in the next round.
• Watch your kids figure out the best strategy for winning.
Extended Tic-Tac-Toe
• Draw a large Tic-Tac-Toe board on a napkin or the back of a place mat
• Give each player 3 markers - these could be different color sugar packets, or different flavored jams.
• Begin playing in the usual way. When a player runs out of markers, she must move one of her markers that is on the board to another space in the grid.
• Play until someone wins.