A toddler playdate may feel overwhelming, especially if you never planned or hosted one before. But they are actually quite fun. It is not only a great way to get your little to interact with kids their own age and learn some social skills but it also gets you time to hang out with another adults.

A successful playdate is always well planned. While a “just come over and hang out” playdate is great, a planned and themed playdate will gather more yes responses to your rsvp and always have returned guests. Having some planned activities for the toddlers are a great way to keep them busy and engaged.

Here are some great toddler playdate ideas:

1. See you at the Carwash. This is great type of playdate because not only do little ones love to play with water, you may also be walking away some cleaned toys. Have each child bring their favorite ride a long toy to wash. Have some bubbly soap, sponges and rags for children to use to scrub clean their toy. You will be amazed at how long this actually occupies their interest. You may even wonder what else in your home you can get them to scrub clean.

2. Sidewalk coloring party. Gather not only your sidewalk chalk but also fill water bottles with food coloring and water and have some sidewalk paint. All the toddlers will love creating their masterpieces on the sidewalk using different types of utensils. Beforehand, you can paint picture frames around the driveway and each child can learn to color a picture within the frame. Have a card filled with ideas of types of things they can try and draw, such as a rainbow or a tree….


This is an excerpt from the article 5 Toddler Playdate Ideas which originally appeared on http://sixtimemommy.com/.