Tips for Setting Up Playdates
- Arrange the date. First things first, you have to figure out who would be a good child to have over for a play date.
- Start where they are comfortable.
- Preview with your child.
- Special Items.
- Keep it short and sweet.
- Keep it small.
- Prep a couple of activities.
- Be ready with a snack.
How do you politely say no to a playdate?
There are ways to politely decline a play date invitation without permanently burning bridges, though.
- Offer a Reasonable Excuse. There’s a lot to be said for letting someone down easy, especially when kids are involved.
- Offer to Host.
- Be Honest.
- Plead Family Time.
- Assert Your Child’s Independence.
What do you say after a playdate?
Write (or illustrate) a thank you note after the play-date.
This is a gesture for a first-time playdate. Also, if the playdate went well suggest that you and your child invite the friend over to your house for the next play-date to encourage and show reciprocity, a key to any friendship!
What age do kids start playing dates?
6 to 12 months.
“This is when they can really start playing side-by-side,” says Joye. “They like to watch other children or crawl around, so make this an activity date.” Doing fun, interactive things like messy arts, clapping, or rolling over can get babies stimulated and participating.
At what age are playdates important?
Playdates are very important for children. From the time children are three years old and recognize that there are people their age on this planet, they want to interact with playmates. Children develop their brain power through interaction with people.
Should parents stay for playdates?
At this age, it’s most appropriate for mom or dad to stay at the house with their child. If you have older kids, you may be more comfortable with dropping a child off for play dates, but the host may not be familiar with this.
Are playdates necessary?
Playdates are one of those play situations that can be beneficial. “What happens during playdates can really support healthy development,” she says. “Social interaction with other children is a very healthy way to develop in all domains, including social, emotional, cognitive, language and physical domains.”