“This post was sponsored by WaterWipes as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.”
Planning successful play dates isn’t difficult. It does take a little bit of planning ahead but with these tips you’ll be rocking your next play date like the rockstar mama or dad that you are. Parenting is overwhelming as it is, these tips will let your breeze by these play dates.
I’ve noticed more and more how much my son craves interaction with other children. He truly loves being around other children and asks me to take him places to play with other kids. He says hi to every single child he sees, he’s so eager to play with them.
I invited a few children for a messy artsy play date and these are the steps I’ve followed. Not to brag or anything but the kids had to be dragged out crying cause they wanted to stay. I’d say that makes for a very a successful play date.
Tip 1: Decide on a few activities
Little ones get bored easily and will leave an activity as quickly as they picked it up, only to go back to it a few minutes later. Having multiple play options will hold their attention better/longer and make for more successful play dates.
For this play date you’ll need:
- Watercolor Paints
- Regular Paints
- Play-doh or modeling clay
- Construction paper
- Scissors (I’m teaching my 2.5 year old handle scissors early, but can be used with older children)
- WaterWipes (For easy & safe clean-up)
- Old or new plastic shower curtain
TIP 2: Pick up supplies and set up ahead of time.
This includes any snacks you might be serving. I had a variety of snacks laid out, pão de queijo(Brazilian cheese bread) and juice. I have to say snacks were overlooked with the cheese bread laid out. The kids were fed first and during play time. Fed kids always behave better in my honest opinion.
TIP 3: Downtime & Clean-up
This goes back to my first tip. Toddlers have an attention span of a fish, so having something to divert their attention from the messy play and easing into closing credits is a must. I wipe all of their little hands, arms, legs and faces with WaterWipes.
WaterWipes contains only two ingredients, 99.9% pure Irish water and 0.1% grapefruit seed extract. Safe and effective for cleaning up even the fun messes. Natural ingredients safe from harmful chemicals.
We then set them off to Water play. Kiddie pool and or Water table will work or even a pouring station (Large recipient and smaller recipients to transfer water to and fro)
** Extra tip: The shower curtain is to make your life even easier. Can be easily thrown if too much of a mess was made or can be washed and re-used for the next play date.
And Voila! You have just delivered a successful play date mama! Congrats to you for rocking it. Here’s to many more successful play dates in your near future. Thanks to WaterWipes to keeping the safety and well-being of our little ones in mind.
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