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.
- 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? ____________________________________
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
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