simple WAITING games…Pebble Play

Do you dread waiting in a restaurant with your little ones?  The kids can handle the waiting room, they can be patient while we order. . .but WAIT for food too?  That is a lot to ask.  I put together this fun Waiting Bag, to keep M and M occupied for those impatient times.  I made an extra set too, do you want it?  Click here to enter the Waiting Bag GIVEAWAY.

The Waiting Bag holds 4 open ended activities for creative play in tight spaces.  Ready to find out about activity #2?

Pebble Play

We (the entire family, including cousins, Grandma and Grandpa, Aunts and Uncles) had dinner out one rainy day.  Rainy meaning that we were squished into the waiting area for too long.  By the time we reached the table the kids could hardly sit in their seats.  Luckily there was  candle holder full of tiny pebbles at our table.  Auntie L did a great job of entertaining her end of the table with several pebble play games.

what you need: pebbles

When you first lay out the pebbles (I found these in the silk flower section of our craft store) let the kids explore with them.

Once they’ve had enough experimenting, extend the experience by making a few suggestions.  Here Big M spells out his name.

Questions (to ask your kids): “Can you design a picture with these pebbles?”  “Try to guess what I’m making as I create a design.”  “What pattern’s can you make with these pebbles?”

What great waiting tips do you have to share?

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    1. It can be very hard! Those handmade maracas would be a great waiting toy. . .as long as they other people waiting didn’t mind a little music!

    1. My sister’s kids are quiet and sit so nicely. They go out to eat all the time. Mine are. . .um. . .not so quiet. It does make eating out more challenging. Now that they are getting a little older it’s easier, but I still have to be prepared!

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