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5 Tips For A Great Playdate

Posted by on Apr. 19, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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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.

Share your best playdate advice and stories!

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by on Apr. 19, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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batjmom
by Sarah on Apr. 19, 2012 at 5:30 AM
We really never did them. But I would make sure it was afte a nap so not tired and after eating, and keeping it short
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PoehlerBear1983
by Meghan on Apr. 19, 2012 at 8:10 AM
I am not a playdate mom. We have soooo many kids in my apartment complex for them to play with. Heck in our parking lot alone which serves 2 buildings (10 apartments) there are 15 kids and 4 of those apartments are older people with no kids at home. And are you ready for this 13 of those kids are boys. Needless to say its madness here. 13 of those kids are age 1-9. The ages go ....1, 2, 4, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 7, 7, 8, 9, 9, 13, 14. The 13 yr old and one of the 5 yr olds are the only girls.
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ceciliam
by on Apr. 19, 2012 at 8:45 AM

These are all great ideas. We do park meet-ups all the time.

Rushn311
by Member on Apr. 19, 2012 at 8:58 AM

No one I know does this at playdates. LOL We just let the kids play whatever

lalasmama2007
by on Apr. 19, 2012 at 9:16 AM
My dd usually just meets up with friends at the park for her play dates.
amy7243
by Member on Apr. 19, 2012 at 10:07 AM

 These are all great ideas.

goddess99
by on Apr. 19, 2012 at 10:19 AM

During the very few playdates my dd ever had I had a stash of new or forgotten about toys I would bring out so it was new and exciting for both kids.

sarah824
by on Apr. 19, 2012 at 10:22 AM

We have never had super structured play dates. If there are snacks, great. If not, no biggie. Wehn it's time to go, we go! We try to do playdates at the park to keep it on neutral territory. No one has to worry about toys, or anything else, getting broken and no feels like they HAVE to host. 

slw123
by on Apr. 19, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Don't put toys out that your kids are not going to want to share, like their absolute favorites, that makes things seem really ugly.

Samanthamommy
by Member on Apr. 19, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Ask your child what kind of toys they are willing to share.

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