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 themselves for a while, then they didn’t need it anymore.
Friendly welcome. Let them know that you
have a plan to be nice to them and have fun.
Show around your house if first time.
Offer two or three ideas for fun things to do.
(See starter ideas on back.)
Be flexible with activities. (Take turns,
mix ideas, try a little?)
If there are any problems, ask yourself
what’s the size of the problem before you react.
Stay nearby. (Beware of “drift”!)
If you need a break:
- Make sure your friend has something to do
- Give your friend a heads-up: I’ll be right back!
- Maybe offer a reason: I just need to …
go to the bathroom, ask mom or dad a question,
get a snack for us
What’s your “back pocket plan” in case the playdate
isn’t clicking? ____________________________________
Go over expected behavior before the playdate.
Give kids time to figure out expected behavior.
Give tips or reminders 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 Chickens
Pool Tennis/Hoops Climbing Trees Hopscotch
Jump Ropes Chase/Tag Sidewalk Chalk
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 Contest
FOOD: Making Snacks Baking Cooking Lemonade
DON’T FORGET ABOUT: BOXES/FORTS POTIONS
DRESS-UP SPY PRETEND
BACK POCKET PLANS: Dance Central Sprinkler/Pool
Walk Dog Change of Scenery Snacks