You have groovy, yummy, healthy snacks. You've prepped everyone about good-bye time. But what else can you do to make playdates go well and be a fun time your kids will want to repeat? I've got five tips to make that good playdate great.
-- Keep it small. Invite maybe one or two friends over. With more than that, the groups can splinter off and not be as inclusive or fun. The smaller, the better.
-- Change it up. If you always go to someone's home, try having it at your house. Or meet up at the local playground for a picnic and outdoor playdate. Also, change up who you have playdates with -- it's great to have besties, but also try having your daughter play with a different girlfriend. This is a great habit to get into, seeing how you can be friends with lots of different types of kids.
-- Have ideas ready. Sometimes even the best of little friends need ideas on what to do. Kicking off the playdate with an organized activity like making a bead necklace or helping you bake cookies and decorating paper plates to eat them off of can be a good transition into the playdate.
-- Hide the blankie. This means to put any special lovies or toys your child may not want to share in a special place, maybe your bedroom or your closet. Another good idea, if you are the guest, bring along two toys for your child to share. This can go a long way in helping the whole toy-sharing situation. (For more on sharing, check out some of the posts we did a few weeks ago!)
-- Check in every once and a while. If the kids are playing in a basement or another room, be sure to pop your head in every so often and see how it is going. Just in case they need something, if someone needs to use the potty or whatever.
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