Need some new play date ideas?
The best play date ideas involve creating something that you get to take home.
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10 Easy Play Date Ideas:
- Mommy & Me Paint Party– Gather up your art supplies or process art kit and have a party!
- Build your own sensory bin- This one is best pot luck style even though the bins aren’t that hard to make.
- Holiday Themed Party– children make holiday gifts (ornaments, snow globes, homemade Valentine’s, original art work, etc.) to give away.
- Mom’s Best Cookie (holiday treat) swap each family brings their own favorite treat (enough to share so that everyone takes home a “goodie bag” of treats) everyone gets a nice assortment but only had to bake one item. Might be best to host near a park so they can get the wiggles out right away!
- Sensory Science– depending on your child’s age they can make a volcano, crystals, explore magnets or make and explore homemade play dough, slime, gak, or moonsand. Color mixing sensory bottles are another great idea that kids of all ages love!
- Toy Excavation– Jr. Paleontologists use dinosaur toys to excavate from sand at a local park or backyard sandbox.
- Super Hero Snowglobes– DIY snowglobes of your favorite super heros!
- Maker Monday– up-cycle your cardboard boxes and create something new!
- Process Art- set out art supplies and let kids bring their imaginations to life
- Painting Party- throw down a tarp or heavy duty table cloth and bring kids outside to paint to their hearts content.
Playdate ideas: Mommy & Me Paint Party
Gather up your art supplies and have a party!
- tempra paints or Kwik Sticks (tempra paint sticks)
- art paper or canvas
- paint brushes & cups (if using liquid paint)
Set up your art supplies (our easel is from IKEA) and paint whatever comes to you. Once I found large canvas on sale and bought two and taped them together (from the back) & we made one extra large painting that is hanging in our bedroom. Kids can make their own bedroom art by taping 2 or more canvas together and painting it.
This one is best pot luck style even though the bins aren’t that hard to make.
Have each family bring enough of one item for each family there (I always say your RSVP number plus 2, we always seem to have extra kids show up.)
One family can bring:
- Storage bins
- toys (cars, construction vehicles, superheros, storybook characters, cartoon characters, etc.)
- sensory material (water beads, dry beans, kinetic sand,
NOTE: If you have babies it’s best to make them a sensory bottle (empty water bottle with the lid completely dried & glued on).
Playdate Ideas: Holiday Theme
Playdate Ideas: Mom’s Best Cookie Recipe & treat swap
- Prepare your family’s favorite cookie recipe
- Outdoor meeting place with plenty of room for social distancing, and space for crafting
- Table cloths or washable mats
Meet outdoors with your learning pod or small group circle of friends (decide on how many cookies each family will take home. We did 1/2 dozen per family)
This can be done as a Holiday treat swap if you are near a holiday. Each family brings their own favorite cookie or treat (enough to share so that everyone takes home a “goodie bag” of treats.
You get a nice assortment of goodies but only had to bake one item.
Playdate ideas: Sensory Science
Investigate mixtures, reactions and properties of materials. Depending on your childrens ages & interests they can make a volcano, crystals, explore magnets or make and explore homemade play dough(pictured above), slime, gak, or moonsand. Color mixing sensory bottles are another great idea that kids of all ages love!
Toy Excavation: Dinosaur Dig
Jr. Paleontologists use dinosaur toys to excavate from sand at a local park or backyard sandbox.
- dinosaur toys
- paint brush
- Optional Muffin tin and water to freeze the dinosaurs in (great summer activity)
We had a dinosaur themed birthday and have left over dinosaur toys that I re-purposed for a backyard dinosaur dig (pictured below). I froze the “fossils” and the kids had to “chisel” away at them with dollar store toothbrushes and warm water (just water if a hot day).
After the kids freed their fossil from the ice they got to choose a dinosaur toy, a stamp and a sticker and played with the toys in the sand.
A fun playdate idea that can be done anytime of year is to make super hero snow globes! This was for a group of preschoolers so I pre-glued all of the action figured!
Maker Monday is a fun way to set aside time for kids to get creative without spending a lot of money. Older kids can solve real world common problems using materials they already have. Younger kids can use a theme or just create something from their imagination. Kids love having decorative craft items to add on but you don’t have to if you don’t have any. They can easily color or paint too.
- non-toxic paint
- paint brushes or finger paint (PreK – grade 1)
- Large construction or art paper
- child sized smock or apron
Set out the art supplies & outdoor painting area, put on the smocks and let kids have at it!