I have firsthand experience with the in-restaurant yoga pose, Downward Sliding Parent.
Starting from an upright position in a chair or booth, deeply inhale and slide your back down your seat slowly, as if melting, while gradually extending your hand past your own ankle to retrieve the kids' crayons that have rolled off the table. Repeat as needed, ensuring that all plates, napkins, utensils, and beverages remain on the table.
Bulk crayons have become the community dog water bowl of the kids’ away-from-home dining experience–on the surface, a nice gesture, but there’s no way to know how many noses and mouths have made contact before you take a turn. The fate of these crayons? Indeterminate reuses until they are finally tossed by the restaurant. Restaurants, take heart: There is a better way to add color to your kids’ experience and improve the quality, operational ease, and likelihood that family customers will take the crayons (and a favorable brand impression) home with them. First: package them, either in a box or a cellophane pouch. This ensures a fresh pack for every child and an easy way for Mom to tuck them in her purse when coloring time is over. Second: Go triangular. The triangular crayon (a triangular prism for the geometry buffs) does not roll, so kids are free to color with multiple crayons at the table without an avalanche (and multiple repetitions of Downward Sliding Parent pose).
At SPIRIT, we proudly design and manufacture sets of two or more triangular crayons conforming to CPSIA requirements wrapped in a cellophane pouch, adding convenience for operators and parents. Our team creates smart and wholesome kids' and family experiences that allow restaurants to focus on guest experience and families to focus on memorable moments together.
Meg Ross is a Business Development Director, writer, and mom.