Mealtime doodling fun!

May 11, 2015

mealtime activities for kids

I’ve long been a big fan of Taro Gomi who I first discovered through the simple and very sweet book called My Friends which was Anya’s favourite book for ages when she was around two years old.  But it’s been a while since I’ve checked out anything more by Taro Gomi until last week when I had a birthday party gift to buy for a six year old.  I came across these fun doodle place mats and immediately bought it for the birthday girl.

taro gomi animal doodles place matskeeping kids busy at a restaurant

Sitting still at the dining table is still a bit of a challenge for Anya and many of her friends too so I thought these doodle place mats are the perfect answer.  They come in a book of 50 tear-off sheets and each page has a different drawing activity.  There is already a doodle on each page and then there are some instructions like the images show.  There are three different ones – animal, story and yummy.  Not only do these fun place mats for kids make unusual gifts, they’re also handy for a kids birthday party and they would be great to take to restaurants to keep kids occupied while waiting for their food.  I know Anya gets impatient at restaurants and asks to play with our phones which I don’t like to encourage.  But I would have no objection to pulling out one of these sheets to keep her busy.

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  • Mel

    They’re brilliant! I remember going to the restaurant with my grandparents as a child and having one of those doodle mats on the table every time. I loved them. There’s something satisfying about being allowed to write ‘on the table’ when your 6 or 7, isn’t there?

    • ebabee likes

      I know what you mean about writing ‘on the table’. While on hols in Argentina we went to a restaurant that had paper tablecloths and they encouraged you write on the table – A could not have been more excited!

  • HonestMum

    Love this so much, my boys are so creative, always drawing and painting and these are so useful for killing time between courses at restaurants as well as fun on the dining table at home, so quirky too x

    • ebabee likes

      A loves to draw, paint and create too so I might get these for her – only problem is I want to do them too! 🙂

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