Play-Dates For Toddlers & Preschoolers

Play-Dates For Toddlers & Preschoolers

When planning a play-date, choosing the time of day is very important. Having a play-date in the morning is the best time as kids are well rested and it is the best time to introduce other children, especially if it's a new friend. Keep the play date short until they get accustomed to who the child is and their surroundings.

As for structure, I think it is best to let the kids play on their own, have a few things out and not giving too many choices works best. Put away your child's favorite toy if you're doing it in your home, and just bring out things like play dough or something that you only do on the play-date. A lot of supervision is needed as you never know when one child will grab one of the toys and claim it's theirs.

To help toddlers get along, the thing that works the best is using a kitchen timer. A timer indicates it is time to pass the toy along to the next child, or the parents can decide to switch activities when the timer goes off. Even young children will learn to recognize the sound the timer makes and know that something different is getting ready to take place and this keeps them organized.

To make it fun and lively, play their favorite music in the background. This gives them a reason to be happy. Music is calming, and creates a fun and an uplifting time.