Another wonderful way to allow kids to socialize is to host a summer play date in your home. This can be a ton of fun, and there are so many possibilities. Perhaps you could implement a weekly theme, such as Water Week or Discovering Nature. Maybe it's a bit hot outside? No worries! There are loads of exciting and educational science experiments that can provide even young children with a hand's on way to discover the world around them!
As you make plans for your child this summer, here are just a few suggestions to help ensure the experience is more enjoyable for you and your kids:
-Open a discussion with the other parents beforehand regarding their own children’s behaviors, likes and dislikes, as well as any restrictions they may have like food allergies.
-Make sure you clarify your own guidelines and expectations and discuss them with the other guardians ahead of time so that they can lay down the rules with their children in advance of the play date.
-Set a limit on the number of children that are invited. It will take a lot of the pressure off of you if you are prepared ahead of time regarding how many children will be present. With fewer kids in your home, your child will be able to develop more meaningful relationships and will be less overwhelmed by new faces.
-Have a variety of mess-free, convenient and quick snacks on hand to share with your child and guests. Earth’s Best recommends a few snacks perfect for summer play dates:
Sesame Street Fruit and Yogurt Smoothies: a nutritious snack made from organic fruit and real organic yogurt, these smoothies are easy to serve and quick to clean-up.
Organic Letter of the Day Cookies: these cookies can make your play date an educational experience by presenting a great tasting way for kids to learn their ABC’s.
-Always be flexible about changing play date arrangements or making last minute adjustments.
By following these simple guidelines, you can take the stress out of having a successful summer play session. You can be relaxed, and the kids will have an absolute blast. I can't wait until we move in a couple of weeks. I think I saw some kids Sophie's age on our block, and I will be sure to set up our own play dates soon!
Be sure to let me know all about your summer play dates! I'd love to hear about them!
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