Jul 3, 2013 8:00 AM
While we appreciate it when restaurants provide kiddos with activity mats and tubs of broken crayons, we inwardly cringe every time we see them being handed over. Ack, the germs! The wasted paper! But when we spied a savvy mama handing her tot a Kidz Box Placemat ($26), we said a silent hurrah. The BPA-free silicone mats sport gorgeous illustrations ready for coloring (with the six included non-toxic dry erase markers). They're reusable, easily cleaned, and completely recyclable. And of course, they make the wait between ordering and eating a time of activity-filled calm.