Let’s Play! A Playdate Tip Sheet

 

This has been a hit with the families in my practice. One group of parents told me that they laminated it and used dry-erase markers with it on a regular basis! In this case, their kids quickly got the hang of it and started using it on their own for a while, then they didn’t need it anymore.

 

                        LET’S PLAY!

  • Friendly welcome. Let them know you plan to be
    friendly and have fun.  (Doesn’t have to be words.)
  • Show around your house if first time.
  • Offer two ideas for fun things to do.  
    (See starter ideas on back.)
  • Try a little flexible thinking on activities.
     (Take turns, mix ideas, try a little?)
  • If there are any problems, maybe ask yourself 
    what’s the size of the problem before you react.
  • Stay nearby. (Beware of “drift”!)
  • BUT: If you need a break …
        1. Make sure your friend has something to
        2. Give your friend a heads-up: I’ll be right back!

     What’s your “back pocket plan” in case the playdate
     isn’t working?  ____________________________________

 

                      PARENTS
Briefly remind about expected behavior before the playdate.
Give kids time to figure out expected behavior.
Give a tip or reminder in private.
Only 1 or 2 reminders, no repeating.
Be prepared to make some good snacks or help get materials out.
Practice flexible thinking about small messes.
Keep it short.

 

                 WHAT CAN WE DO??

OUTSIDE:   Trampoline    Play Structure/Tree   Chickens
Pool     Tennis/Hoops     Climbing Trees     Hopscotch
Jump Ropes     Chase/Tag     Sidewalk Chalk
Skateboards/ Bikes/ Rollerblades/ Scooters/ Pogo

GAMES:  Othello    Life    Chess   Trouble   Mancala
Apples to Apples   Charades

MORE GAMES:  Pretend     Sly Fox     Hide & Seek
Sardines      Chase

ARTS & CRAFTS:   Clay    Sculpey   Drawing   Painting
Making Cards     Bracelets    Write a Play    Dance Party

FOOD:   Making Snacks    Baking    Cooking   Lemonade

 

DON’T FORGET ABOUT:     Boxes/Forts      Potions
Dress-up       Spy       Pretend      Reading Together

BACK POCKET PLANS:   Dance Central     Sprinkler/Pool
Walk Dog      Change of Scenery      Snacks

OTHER IDEAS:

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