Play dates are a great way for your child to make friends, learn social cues, and develop social and emotional competencies. Even though they might have plenty of opportunities to play with their friends in school, scheduling regular play dates are still necessary, and it will be worth it!
One important skill they get to work on during play dates is sharing! Play dates often consists of lots of food and toys, which your child might be unwilling to share when they are caught in the moment of fun. Other important skills they can pick up during play dates include learning to express their feelings, accepting differences in others, and self-regulating their emotions. Here are some fun ideas you can use during your next play date!
Kids Card Games
There are plenty of child-friendly card games that can keep the children happy for hours while the adults enjoy a conversation over a cup of tea. Some card games you can consider include Old Maid, Matching Memory Card Games, Snap, or Donkey!
Baking is a fun activity that combines two of children's favourite things - food and science experiments! Engaging the children's help during baking can help them develop confidence and skill. Baking also helps children develop other competencies, such as fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, problem-solving, and mathematical concepts. For older children, they can learn to be self-directed and independent when following recipes and directions. You can bake cupcakes, cookies, brownies, and more.
Preparing for a play date does not have to be a hassle or take tons of effort! Squizzel Box is a thematic box that includes 10 engaging activities for your child to explore. That includes science experiments, DIY crafts, and hands-on activities. To make it easier for our parents, all the materials and step-by-step instructions are included in each box! You can opt for an additional Sibling Pack for play dates, which includes an additional set of consumables, so your child and their friend can experience the activities together!