Mealtime Play: A Help or Hindrance?

Back when my kids were slightly smaller, mealtimes were always a circus. Getting toddlers to pay attention, eat their food, or wait in a restaurant is often a challenge. Do you use products at mealtimes that will entertain your kids? Do you find them a help or a distraction from mealtime?

We found several products that are designed to make mealtimes more fun. The Track Table is actually a dining table whose tiles can be flipped over and turned into tracks for trains. The Constructive Eating set features utensils that are actually miniature constuction tools, including a bulldozer and a front loader. And the Drink Divers take that perpetual parent headache, blowing through your straw into a drink, and turn it into a game.

Are these entertainers worthwhile, though, or are they a recipe for disaster? At what point do kids just need to learn that mealtime is for eating? Would you use any of these products, or do you employ anything similar? Is it any different than getting a kids' menu with crayons?

Let us know what you think in the comments.

MORE MEALTIME POSTS ON APARTMENT THERAPY:
Mealtime Goods
Make Mealtime Easier with Serving Trays
High Chairs or Their Own Table : Where Do Your Kids Eat?

(Images: as linked above)

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Beth is a writer, crafter, DIYer and design enthusiast, living in L.A. with her husband, 2 young boys, and a large mutt named Caesar. She loves fonts, yoga, matcha lattes, and home-grown tomatoes and is not shy about being a consummate nerd.