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Kids in the Kitchen: Playing Diner

kids in the kitchen

My kids haven’t done a lot of things in the kitchen with me since we’re still getting used to having BabyQ around. Most of the time when I’m making dinner, the three older kids are taking care of the baby for me. Buddy has really stepped up to help out. I couldn’t do this without him! He’s such a great kid! One thing my kids have started doing, though, is when they make lunch or dinner they pretend they are at a restaurant and one kid takes the orders while another makes the food and one pretends to be the customer. I decided to make them a server pad so they can take the orders without hunting for paper all the time.

Playville DinerHere is the printable for the Playville Diner Kid’s Server Pad. It’s simple to make. Just cut out on the dark lines and staple together on the top. I even cut the side panel off of a large cereal box and stapled it to the back to make it more stable and easy to write on. Little Man is the only one who has seen it so far and he loves it. He can’t wait to show his brother and sister when they get home from school today.

Kid's Server Pad

He’s not really ready to be writing or reading the pad, but he loves the idea of it. Now whenever Monkey plays as waitress or Buddy plays as waiter, they have a server pad to take their orders on. I hope your child enjoys the server pad printable as well!

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About Paula

Paula Krueger considers herself a "baby "chef, not because she cooks for babies, but because she's still learning how to cook. She started this blog after taking Wilton method classes and at that point was more interested in baking. She's since become more interested in learning to cook as her family has grown. She also covers product reviews and travel as well.


  1. That is an awesome order-taking pad. Your son seems to love it 🙂

  2. Oh this is so cute, my daughter does things like this sometimes creating a menu for her daddy.

  3. I love the pad for orders! We printed up some menus with the plastic pockets and gave the girls little aprons, but they need order pads too.

  4. So super cute! My kindergartener would love this.

  5. What a cute printable, thanks! My older sister & I used to play “restaurant” all the time {same thing}- I think my son might be just about old enough to play now.

  6. vanessa: thequeenofswag says:

    That’s adorable. My nephew would love this. My teen on the other hand is not so thoughtful.

  7. This is one of my kids favorite games!

  8. This a great idea! My daughter would love this!

  9. My daughters are always playing restaurant. They would love to have their own little order pads!

  10. What a great way to make food and learning fun! Adorable kiddo too!

  11. I use to love playing with my aunts waitress pads, what fun!

  12. This is such a great idea. I may just have to do this one with my kids. They love being in the kitchen any chance they get.

  13. My son loves playing diiner!! Great diea!

  14. That turned out really great! I love the idea of letting kids play server! I used to be the ‘drink maker’ when I was a kid!

  15. This such an adorable idea! I used to play a similar game with my grandparent when I was a little girl.

  16. Love it! My son loves to help in the kitchen and the TV in his bedroom is on the Food Network about 90% of the time. 🙂

  17. That’s really cute! My 6 yr old wrote out my grocery list last week! Great ways to get them involved and sneak in some learning!

  18. An order pad is such a great idea. What a totally fun way to play restaurant!

  19. I love the server pad printable! So adorable!