Have you ever left a toddler playdate at someones house and thought - WOW, that was a ton of fun! We had a great time, my child had a chance to socialize AND learn!
Well, I just did and it was really something worth sharing with all of you! I honestly canNOT claim any of it as my own! The hostess did most of the AMAZING decorations and learning stations while other moms brought snacks, activities and games. Me (9 months pregnant at the time) brought some snacks to add. Yes - we all must not be on our A game all the time!!! But let me tell you, this mommy did an amazing job of making our playdate so successful!
So what made it such a great playdate?
For one....There was learning stations set up around the room designed for toddlers. Each station focused on a different skill. She had labels written out (LOVE THIS for early literacy!) and all the supplies needed to complete the activity at each station. The hostess made several and other moms added theirs to the mix as they arrive (doing it this way is helpful because then everyone helps to make the playdate a success)
Station 1: Decorate a gourd with play dough!
She had masks and horns and wigs and wands on all of her pictures. I really had decoration envy!!! They were adorable!!!
And notes for the kids on the wall like this...
Doesn't this make YOU want to host a playdate??? I promise, toddlers are easy to please! Just remember
1. Set out age appropriate activities with all the supplies needed out before the kids arrive.
2. Plan for kids to make and take at least one craft
3. Have healthy festive foods
BONUS - set out something special for kids to find, take, or look at.
And DOUBLE bonus - bring your camera and have a friend take a picture of you and your child =) That way you can both look back and remember all of your fun times!!!!