Holiday Break Playdate Ideas
Every child looks forward to the holiday break from school and the typical daily routine. It is that magical time to spend with family and friends. It is the perfect time to set up playdates with friends from school, cousins and/or neighbors. Here are some ideas for making these playdates fun and memorable.
- Free Play
Free play is a great way to start any playdate. Children need and enjoy free imaginative playtime. It fosters creativity, negotiation skills and independence. Free play can often take up half of a playdate.
Set up a special project for the playdate that each child can keep, such as painting projects from your local craft store. Sticker scenes are another K-3 Climbers favorite for children.
- Cookies, Cookies, Cookies!
Making cookies together is a fun activity on a playdate as well. I suspect you may even have a few offers to taste test the final product. In the winter, consider making hot chocolate, too.
- Movie and Popcorn
Hanging out with a friend and sharing a movie is not just for adults. Kids love it too. Although it is important to limit the amount of screen time, sharing a movie is a great bonding experience.
- Lego Extravaganza
Bust out a big bed sheet and let the Lego building begin. The sheet helps to keep the Lego pieces in a set space and making them easier to find. Put several Legos out for the playdate buddies to go to town in developing a city, a space adventure, or whatever.
- Indoor Camping
Pitch a tent inside with sleeping bags and flashlights, and watch the excitement appear.
- Drama/Dress Up
Display some dress up clothes or costumes for the kids to use in putting on a play or just dancing around.
Feel free to share your favorite playdate ideas in our comments. Don’t forget to enjoy some hot chocolate and cookies,too. You’ve earned it!