Going out to eat with a toddler can definitely be a challange. M gets really excited about new toys, etc. So, I put together a bag of things we can take to a restaurant or waiting rooms, etc. Everything fits in a gallon size bag. The bag is kept out of sight until we need to use it. That way she finds the contents exciting!
Here is what is currently in our Restaurant Busy Bag:
Puzzle pieces from the Dollar Store
Small Etch A Sketch - $4.99
Car play mat plus two cars. I found this at the Dollar Store.
Stickers & sticker album. Gift from her Grammy. I am sure it was $1 or $2.