Hey y’all! Today I wanted to share with you how to throw a fun sensory play date for your kids and their little friends.
I’ve been doing these little get togethers for my littles the last 4 months. They’re a huge hit with our play group, and the kids absolutely love them.
Step 1: Invite The Mommas and The Littles
I set up a Facebook invite. It’s way easier to invite everyone and post reminders. I plan it a month in advance to make sure we have a good turn out. I also request for each Mom to bring an activity if they can. I invite 10-15 friends each time. I usually have 8-10 show up.
Step 2: Picking Your Activities
There are tons of ideas on Pinterest you can use. Some require very little prep while others can be a little more work. Check out my board on Pinterest that I have just for these play dates.
My favorite activities to have for the kids are super simple. I always have a sand and rice tub. This requires no set up, it’s cheap, and can be reused several times. The kid favorite though is definitely the water beads tub. I purchase mine from Amazon.
I also try to put out a new activity each time. This month I did an ice block with toys frozen in the ice. The kids then use tools to break them out. It surprisingly was a huge hit. It kept the kids entertained for quite a bit.
Here are the activities for this month.
I also had out chalk, bubbles, balls, and all our ride on toys. There was a lot for them to choose.
Step 3: Snacks and Drinks
Here was my snack spread this month:
- mini blueberry + chocolate chip muffins
I used this recipe from Pinterest. I did modify it a bit. I used 1 cup of lactose free milk instead of a 1/2 and a 1/2c chocolate chips.
4. Apple Donuts
I found the idea for these here. I did do it a little different though than the original pin. I used whipped mixed berry cream cheese and Nutella for the spread.
I always have coffee and one other beverage. This month is was tea with my favorite Torani syrup, sugar free raspberry. Most of the time though, I do lemon and cucumber water.
Step 4: Pick A Spot
Now I had a very brave friend have a play date like this inside her house. She put down a plastic covering all over her living room. I am not that brave. I am lucky enough though to have a very long driveway, so that is where we have ours. It makes clean up super easy. I would just try to pick an area you don’t mind getting dirty and is easy to clean.
Step 5: Set Up & Enjoy
I set up the outside the morning of the event. I try to keep things like the water beads and sand/rice far apart. I made the mistake once of putting them right next to each other. It was absolutely disgusting. The water beads had to get thrown away after only one use. I also bring out our pop up play pin and jumper for the babies. Don’t forget to set up some seating for the Moms. I usually ask them to bring their own folding chairs since I don’t have enough for everyone. But that’s pretty much it. I then get to enjoy chatting with friends and watching our kid’s throughly enjoy themselves. Here’s some of the fun that was had this month.
I can’t wait for our next get together! I think the next one will be a full on messy water one.
If you want to do this for your littles, don’t forget to pin.