It’s not uncommon to see my entire family including myself on a screen while waiting for our food at a restaurant. While it keeps everyone quiet, it annoys my husband to see us all on screens. He’s devised a series of restaurant games designed to get everyone off screens.
Restaurant Games to Get Kids Off Screens
Chopsticks Messy Backyard
This is a simple game that you can do at any Asian restaurant. Simple rip up the paper chopstick holder into small pieces and place in the center of the table. Place a napkin in front of each player. Using chopsticks, move the pieces from the center to your napkin. The player with the most pieces wins.
This game is harder than it sounds. Everyone surveys the objects on the table then closes their eyes. No peeking! One person (very quietly) moves one of the objects. Everyone has to guess What Moved? The key to this game is subtlety. Some hard to detect things to try include:
- Turn the salt shaker by a quarter turn.
- Pull the napkin slightly out of the napkin dispenser.
- Turn the ketchup lid slightly.
- Switch the place of the salt shaker with the pepper shaker.
Numbers 1-11 Drawing Game
I have a post on my husband’s 1-11 drawing game and the video is below as well.
Table Football or Soccer using Chopstick Paper
Fold the chopstick paper holder into a triangle, tucking the last piece into the crease. This is your game ball. Now, flick the “ball” into a set of goal posts (be careful of eyes), or across the table for a game of soccer. This is not my favorite restaurant game but the kids love playing this with their dad (who is a big kid).
What are your favorite restaurant games to amuse your kids? Do you like the dot game, drawing, or hangman?