9 Unique Playdate Ideas For Toddlers

9 Unique Playdate Ideas For Toddlers

16 Jun 2022 | 4 min Read

Sayani Basu

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A key part of growth for toddlers is interacting with other kids of their age and playing. This helps them identify and follow social cues as they grow. Since younger children aren’t yet attending school, parents can instead create interactive situations by having play dates.

Still not sure where to go or what to do with your toddlers? We are here to help you out. Take a look at this article and try some of the ideas listed below.

Taking kids to the pool can be a great idea as they will get to spend some time with other kids and will inculcate social skills and values. | Image Source: pexels

Playdate Ideas For Toddlers

Here are some playdate ideas for toddlers:

  1. Children’s museum: Children’s museums offer myriad fun things to do and the little ones love them because there are tons of interactive toys to touch and play with. All these toys are built for little hands and clumsy feet.

Invite your friends and meet them and their toddlers at a children’s museum to take advantage of the learning opportunities.

  1. Music class: Toddlers love music. Plus, they will dance to the beat and even sing along, music and dance are great for children’s development. So why not host a musical play date for the little ones?

You can head to a local music school or dance studio that provides child-centric classes. 

  1. Play with clay: Sensory activities are vital for a toddler’s development. Smelling, tasting and touching things are a crucial part of learning.

Hence, playing with clay can be a good idea and when you have friends to play with, it’s even more fun. You can use non-toxic kid-friendly options like colourful ‘Play-Doh’ for your little one’s safety or even make homemade natural clay. 

Kids love squishing clay and making little cut-outs  and shapes. Such an activity encourages sharing, cooperation and art and is also great for their hand eye coordination!

  1. Go to a park: One of the easiest ways to have a playdate for your toddler is to go to a park with their friends. From running around, to cycling, climbing on monkey bars, the kids can enjoy it all together.
  1. Make crafts: You can pick an upcoming holiday or something seasonal for the children to make some crafts together. It will be a nice keepsake to take home for everyone too.

Things like gingerbread cutouts and elf party hats that are perfect for kids of all ages during Christmas

Taking kids to the beach can also be a great playdate idea as they can play with the sand and get to socialise even without realising it. | Image Source: pexels 

  1. Memory games: Memory games aren’t only a fun and challenging activity to keep your children entertained but also educational.

Memory games help stimulate brain activity without the little ones even realising it. You can invite their friends to play these games with the little ones.

  1. Baking party: Toddlers love food and science experiments. Put that together and you’re sure to win brownie points.

Whether you decide to make cookies or brownies, or anything else, the little ones are sure to have a blast. Just make sure you get some aprons for the little ones.

  1. A shadow puppet show: Flashlights are one of those common household objects for toddlers. Just darken a room in your house  you can have a light show or a shadow puppet show!

For the shadow puppet show, all you need to do is cut out shapes of animals and objects and then tape the paper shapes to chopsticks. The little ones will love to see the different sizes and shapes made by the shadows.

  1. Water table fun: If you already have a water table, you are ahead of the game. Even if you don’t have one, all you need is a large plastic bin. You can also use the kitchen sink.

Fill your container with water and add some blue food colouring and some toys. Things might get a bit messy, but your little one and his/her friends will have some good time for sure!

Make a normal playdate unique with these ideas! Helping your toddler make a new friend and playmate is a great reason to host a playdate – Happy playing!

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