As a very experienced Mom, I know a thing or two about playdate activity ideas. Screen-free playdate activity ideas. I’ve put together 40 Easy Playdate Activity Ideas for little kids and big kids to help make your next playdate a little easier…
BONUS Playdate Activity Idea: snacks are a must on a playdate! Serve this Red Fruit Salad or try playing this Fruit Eating Game.
Little Kids – Easy Playdate Activity Ideas
1.Water play – fill up a bucket, bin or toddler pool. Add in plastic cups.
2.Sandbox & sand toys – sand + box + shovel = fun
3.Obstacle course – craw through a tunnel, climb over a mat, go under a chair
4.Painting – washable paint of course!
5.Play Hospital – toy doctor kit and some stuffed animal patients
6.Play School – chalk board and chalk
7.Play Grocery store – toy register, cardboard cereal boxes from your recycle bin
8.Crafts – glue, feathers, strips of paper, computer paper, sparkles, foam letters
9.Cars – open play
10.Dolls – open play
11.Balloons – just blow them up
12.Balls – kick, roll, bounce
13.Soccer – try to kick ball in net
14.T-ball – hit ball with baseball off stand
15.Dance party – easy!
16.Puppets – homemade or store bought
17.School bus – line up your dinner chairs in groups of two with one at front for the driver
18.Dress up – dress up clothes or Dad’s big t-shirts!
19.Superhero – cape is all that is required
20.Princess – like dress up with more bling
Big Kids – Easy Playdate Activity Ideas
1.Lego – apparently kids like that sort of thing
2.Board games – Jenga is super fun
3.Card games – crazy 8s anyone?
4.Scavenger hunt – paper, clipboard, pencil and go!
5.Exercise cube – 8 sided cube with different exercises written on each side
6.Cupcake decorating – yum
7.Goo – I have a great recipe for this in my book Boredom Busters
8.Obstacle course – as above
9.Amazing race – just like the show only kid appropriate
10.Lemonade stand – just supervise kids selling lemonade
11.Dance party – easy
12.American idol – just like the show only kid appropriate
13.Spy – walkie talkies, binoculars, paper and pencil
14.Soccer – easy
15.Baseball – easy
16.Street hockey – easy but watch for cars
17.Painting – canvas’ required
18.Swimming – supervise kids in swimming pool
20.Skateboarding – supervise kids on the road