Play dates are a great way for little ones to flex their social skills and have a fun day with a friend. In a perfect world, the children would be playing happily on their own the whole time, so mom can enjoy some quiet productive alone time or if the children are young, some quiet time with the playdate’s mother or father.
However, as we all know, rarely is this the case with playdates, especially if the children are young or if they don’t know each other very well. So, it’s best to be prepared with one activity that you can all do together. It’s always best to save the activity for when the children really need it, which is usually after an hour or so of playing on their own.
Here are some creative and fun play date ideas for your children:
Children will not only have a great time baking cupcakes or cookies together, but they’ll have even more of an incentive to do so knowing the end product – eating cupcakes or cookies! To make it easier on you and your child, grab some premade cookies if possible. If you want to add an extra fun touch to this project, grab some icing and sprinkles to allow the kids to decorate their baked goods before devouring!
Get your children going with a fun puppet arts and crafts session. You’ll need paper bags, colored paper, and child-safe scissors. If you can, pick up googly eyes and pom-poms at a craft store to bring their puppets to life. As the kids paint and glue, you might even have enough time to have a coherent chat with the other parent. Once the puppets are done, turn your living room into a theater and watch your kiddos’ imagination soar!
3. Board Games
The perfect rainy-day play date for kids is playing board games all day long! Grab every board game you own, clear off the dining room table, have snacks ready to eat, and try a game marathon. Make a tally sheet and post it on the wall to keep score, pretend to be a sportscaster while you narrate the games and help the kids learn about winning and losing.
4. Nature Walk
If the weather is nice enough to venture outdoors, try taking the kids on a nature walk. Walk the trails and point out interesting flowers and plants growing in the area. This play date is great for blowing off some steam and allowing children to let out all their pent-up energy. You may even get lucky enough to have them take a quiet nap upon arriving home!
Guest Blog by Karri Bowen-Poole, Founder of Smart Playrooms
Smart Playrooms is owned and operated by teachers with many years of classroom experience and expertise. They bring the most effective classroom organization techniques and learning strategies into your home.
Smart Playrooms works to encourage kids to get back to the basics of play, using their creative side for art projects and imaginary play. Stressing that less is more, they help moms focus on the toys that will add to the experience. Some moms ask them to help organize their home, but Karri and Chris really like the idea of using their educational backgrounds to create custom designed playrooms. Plus, this gives them a niche in the market. Former teachers setting up your playroom – what could be better!
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