I wore a set of 24 bracelets the last time we went out to a restaurant with the kids. Things were getting a little dicey, when I realized I could use the bracelets as distractions.
My 11 month old happily passed a few between his hands. My 4 year old counted them, sorted them into piles based in color, came up with patterns, folded them together, transferred them from one arm to the other. The bracelets entertained both of them while we finished eating.