I feel like I need to make more of an effort so the visiting child has a good time and is reassured because their parents aren't around. This is how our after school play dates have gone:
1) Snack - very important!
2) Free play whilst I prepare dinner, I admit I try to eavesdrop on some of the conversations because they are funny and I love to hear how my son interacts with his peers.
3) Dinner - something I know all the children will eat and don't forget a pudding. We were sent some petits filous new magic squares to try and these didn't disappoint the brood of 5 waiting boys.
These have two different flavours strawberry or raspberry mixed with vanilla so the child can choose to mix them up or eat them separately. We were all loving the bigger pots which of course means more pudding. the picture of the bone on the lid sparked conversations about how the body works too.
4) Activity with my input - I plan this to be something fun and I stick around to supervise as temperaments fade come the end of the day.
So far we have had lots of fun with science experiments. These are very visual and the children loved dressing up and getting stuck in!
Quick and easy experiments include bicarbonate of soda mixed with vinegar and food colouring and watching it rain. The children drop blue food colouring over a blob of shaving foam and watch as it makes it way through the clouds.
We have also been having fun with the indoor olympics seeing as other parents may not be so keen on their children playing in a mud pit of garden.
Our route consists of the child crawling under the table which has a blanket draped over it (tunnel of doom) climbing out to the valley of dinosaurs (sofa) jumping in the swamp (rug) climbing the mountains (beanbags) and shooting the badie (picture) with the nerf gun. The boys absolutely loved this and even helped tidy up so we could room for the assault course.
What do you do when hosting a playdate?
This post is an entry for BritMums #MagicSquaresPlaydates Linky Challenge, sponsored by Petits Filous