5 FUN “Make and Take” Playdate Ideas

Need some play date ideas?

I think the best play date ideas are when you get to take something home.

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Play Date Ideas:

  • Mommy & Me Paint Party– Gather up your art supplies 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!
  • Dinosaur Dig– 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!

Mommy & Me Paint Party

Gather up your art supplies and have a party!

You’ll need:

  • 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.

Build your own sensory bin

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:

NOTE: If you have babies it’s best to make them a sensory bottle (empty water bottle with the lid completely dried & glued on).


Holiday Party Ideas

Children make holiday gifts (ornaments, snow globes, homemade Valentine’s, original art work, etc.) to give away.


Mom’s Best Cookie

  • Your family’s favorite cookie recipe
  • Friends (decide on how many cookies each family will take home. We did 1/2 dozen per family)

Holiday treat swap each family brings their own favorite cookie or 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 at or near a park so they can get the wiggles out right away!


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!


 

Dinosaur Dig

Jr. Paleontologists use dinosaur toys to excavate from sand at a local park or backyard sandbox.

Items Needed:

  • 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.


Superhero Snowglobes

A fun playdate idea that can be done anytime of year is to make super hero snowglobes!

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