Books for Coffee Shops Visits
PudStar spent much time in coffee shops in her first year…she was so portable back then! After leaving hospital, first stop before going home was Salt, and this is still her favourite coffee shop. Her favourite barista at Salt is Carlos, and according to PudStar his babycinnos are the only ones worth drinking, and they are best accompanied by donut toast (cinnamon toast).
Children’s books make coffee shop and restaurant visits an awful lot easier for us and for the general public. There is nothing worse than being the family with the screaming feral children disturbing people as they eat their bacon and eggs. I have a few different ‘kits’ in the car, and they generally give us thirty minutes…then it’s usually time to leave before it goes pear shaped.
Coffeeshop Pack Ideas
Mini children’s books of things like Olivia the Pig – you can often pick these up in school Book Clubs, department stores, and bookshops and they are often sold around Christmas as gift sets with accompanying soft toy characters. We keep our mini books in little lunchboxes, I may have gone a little crazy buying Dolly Girl lunchboxes on Lark recently. PudStar will spend ten minutes neatly lining up her five Olivia the Pig books in order, spend ten minutes deciding which to read, then will settle down to look at pictures and tell the stories to herself or her mini Olivia the Pig finger puppet.
Doodle books and colouring pencils in a case – Doodle books are the greatest! I’m not a fan of colouring books but I LOVE doodle books. They have a picture idea, and a stimulus question or sentence. They are GREAT for the child who always says “but I don’t know what to draw”.
A few nice picture books that are ‘new’ to the child and a toy to read the books too.
Post It Notes/notepads and pencils and/or mini paint tins (these ar from Lark) . Pre writers aren’t going to write you a whole story in an exercise book, but they’ll give you a Post It Note worth of letters, numbers, labels and short notes. The glass of water the waiter brings? That’s for the mini paint tin…very little mess when it’s this small! Two coffees worth of entertainment here.
‘Where’s Wally’, ‘I Spy’ or other ‘finding’ books…hours of entertainment finding the small hidden things!
Blank notebooks, stencils and pencils. Pudstar often won’t sit and just draw a picture in a blank notebook but if there is something to prompt her…like stencils, or stickers she’ll be amused for ages.
Other things to put with a blank notebook include things for ‘rubbings’ like coins or leaves (or “how about you go do a rubbing of the concrete over there) and some crayons to rub with.
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