12 Simple Games to Make Eating Out with Kids More Fun

  • Preschoolers
    Mums & Bubs
    Parents Only

By Jo McPherson, ellaslist explorer


These fun and simple games will make eating out with the kids much more fun and enjoyable for all!


1. Straw Naughts and Crosses - Ask your wait staff for some straws and use them to make the game board. Use two different colour condiment/ sugar sachets/ coins or screwed up serviette bits as the markers for each team or player. Three in a row wins!



2. Memory Game – Look in your bag for 5 – 8 objects and place them in the middle of the table. Tell your child to look closely at all the objects on the table then tell them to close their eyes. Take an object away and see if your child can tell you which object is missing.

3. Guess Which Hand - Hide something in one of your hands. Make a fist with both hands and have your child guess which hand the object is in. Let them have a turn too, don’t forget it is sometimes best to humour the child (for the sake of peace) and pick the wrong hand.

4. I Spy – This is an easy game that can be adapted depending on your child’s understanding e.g. the most common being I spy with my little eye something beginning with the letter “t”. Other suggestions would include “the colour”, “the sound ch”, “something inside” etc. Don’t forget to take turns otherwise there may be tears.


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5. Sugar Packet/ loyalty card and Dollar Trick - This is a copy of the old cups and ball magic trick. Take three of the same condiment, sugar sachet or something else and place a dollar or other small coin under one of them. Show you child which packet the coin is under. Then quickly or slowly, depending on your child, mix them up while they are watching. See if they can follow which sugar packet the penny is under and when you are done mixing, ask them where the dollar is. Taking turns makes this game last longer too.

6. What would you be game? – Ask your child/ those at the table this simple question that you can keep changing to keep the entertainment going.
If you could be a __________, which one would you be?
e.g. an animal, a character from Peppa Pig, a colour, a superhero, a toy which one would you be?

 7. Dot Game - Starting with an empty grid of dots, players take turns, adding a single horizontal or vertical line between two unjoined adjacent dots. A player who completes the fourth side of a 1×1 box earns one point and takes another turn. (The points are typically recorded by placing in the box an identifying mark of the player, such as an initial). The game ends when no more lines can be placed. The winner of the game is the player with the most points.

8. Pictionary – It’s a drawing word-guessing game for groups of any age and you don’t need the board for it to be fun. Just a pencil and paper. You could be in teams or one player draws and everyone else guesses. Some examples of easy words would be: cat, sun, flower, spider, eyes, apple, star, face, circle for more ideas go to this link https://www.thegamegal.com/2010/11/06/pictionary/


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9. Rock, Paper, Scissors - A simple game where you shake your hands in the air 3 times saying “rock, paper, scissors”. On the third shake each player makes there hand into a rock, paper or scissors. Figure out if you won: Rock smashes scissors, scissors cut paper, and paper covers rock. For more detailed instructions – http://www.wikihow.com/Play-Rock,-Paper,-Scissors

10. Knock, Knock Jokes –
Knock knock, Who’s there? Mikey! Mikey who? Mikey doesn’t fit in the keyhole!
Knock knock, Who’s there? Howard! Howard who? Howard I know?

11. Top 5 game - This is so simple, everyone has a turn to think of their top 5 of a selected subject e.g. top 5 books, toys, colours…anything you can think of.

12. Play the question game?  This is another really simple game, it is more fun the quicker you ask your questions but if you have little ones remember to give them a little extra time. Some examples of questions could be:
Would you rather live underwater or in outer space?
What is your favourite vegetable?
Would you rather be a gnome or fairy?
Peppermint or Berry toothpaste?
Top 3 ice cream toppings?
Which moon phase is the best?
How many kids do you want when you grow up?
If you could have any animal as a pet, what would it be?
Bike or Skateboard?



Lenore Pearson ellaslist explorer

Hello! My name is Lenore, proud mumma to three gorgeous kids, amazingly awesome wife to one cool dude and self-professed travel addict! I started out my career as a primary school teacher for five years, which, second to having my own kids, was extremely rewarding for me.

While I was pregnant with baby number 3, and slowly going insane pacing (waddling) up and down the house, I felt I needed to keep my mind active and decided to take up a Diploma in Travel and Tourism, because I clearly wasn’t going to have my hands full enough with three kids!

I am all about exploring. For me, living a full life is about collecting amazing experiences from as many incredible places as possible. Travel and adventures fuel my imagination and I love sharing them in the hopes of inspiring the explorer in each of us! Along with my family, I have been fortunate enough to have discovered lots of places already.

I am super excited to be an ellaslist Explorer, aiming to provide very real and practical information for families looking to create their own adventures and experiences. I am forever researching new and exciting things to do with the kids and I look forward to sharing them with you.

I have also just launched my own travel blog ‘Little Miss Piggy’ a treasure trove of travel inspiration and unique experiences in and around Sydney and abroad.