Planning Successful Play dates That Wow!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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)

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** 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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Help, My Child Hates Sand! Helping Them with Sensory Activities

Hello Lovelies,

I’m right there with you! I’ve been attempting lots of different things with my son in regards to his sand aversion.  We are based out of south Florida and staying away from the beach is next to impossible!! But we have managed.  But the wait is over. We need to get him to like sand!! I don’t necessarily know what irks him the most about it, but I do know he doesn’t like walking on it or having it touch his skin. He’ll start wiping it off like it’s dirty. So I decided to try some hands-on sensorial activities with him to get him out of this beach sand funk.

I love going to the beach although after becoming a mom I’ve been a bit apprehensive about it. With all the shark attacks happening all over and rip currents I myself have been hesitant of entering the water.  This is a new kind of fear for me and I really only realized it yesterday while we were at the beach. I did not want to go in the water! I was shocked at myself. This has never happened with me and it caught me a bit off guard. What is happening with me? Anyone of you have had this happen with them after becoming a mom?

Anyways, getting back to my son’s problem with sand.  In the past couple of months I’ve been slowly introducing him to “sand activities“. First we started off in your own backward and digging for sand and putting inside buckets. This one has been easy.  He enjoys this activity and has no problem with it being dirt. He will cringe a bit if any of it falls on him but he’s been slowly getting used it. But he is fine with dirt, beach sand is usually the culprit of his meltdown.

The bigger deal with walking on sand. He will hold on to me for dear life and not let go if we are near sand, especially at the beach. If somehow I manage to get rid of his grip of death and try to put him on the sand standing he coils his legs up in protest. (Notice the sandals).

I found that keeping his mind off the sand works great. This time I began gathering seashells for him to look at that, I was even able to place him directly on the sand, with LOTS of hesitation and whining but once he was down and entertained by the shells he got over it for a brief moment. 
The seashells were a big hit but also remember to exaggerate how AWESOME it is. Make them excited to be playing with so many cool things. 

The other day I laid a towel down and placed him with sandals on it. I again brought out the bucket and shovel and he was playing with the sand without touching it.

In the hopes of getting him to like the beach more, I purchased a beach sand toy set. As soon as I brought that out I began filling the bucket with sea water. He definitely liked that. He loves water (as most kids do) and loved dropping the bucket of water on the sand.

I know eventually this won’t be an issue for him but somehow I feel we’re missing out on a ton of summer activities because of his aversion to sand but I’m glad these sensory activities have been helping him get better.

So how about you? Have anything to add to help kids with aversion to sand get over it? Comment below, I would love more ideas.

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