5 Ideas For Indoor Playdates

April 25, 2012 at 4:45 pm 3 comments

Allie from Notimeforflashcards.com is a Melissa & Doug Blog Ambassador

These indoor playdate ideas are brought to you by Melissa & Doug , written by our Blog Ambassador Allison McDonald. “Everyday play is what childhood should be about.”


The weather is finally getting nice, right? Well just when you think you are going to be spending every day gardening and playing outside, the weather reminds you that you have no control over it. 5 Ideas for Indoor PlaydatesWhat you do have control over is having fun indoors even if it’s cold, wet or just plain miserable outside. With these ideas for great indoor playdates, you won’t even care if the weather is bad because you’ll be having a blast inside.

  1. Mess-Free Art Day. I know how you feel: You spend all morning cleaning for a playdate, then after the friends leave you are cleaning up all over again. Kids are messy–and for every kid you add the mess grows. Minimize the mess and still have fun with art by using Melissa & Doug’s Paint with Water art pads.  When the paintings are done, grab some painter’s tape and throw them up on the wall for an art show at pick-up time.
  2. Doll Birthday Party. Kids love parties and pretend play, so put the two together and have a doll-birthday playdate. Get dressed in fancy clothes, ask your guests to bring a doll or two, wrap a few gifts (package up those doll clothes!) and serve some Triple Layer Party Cake.

    Triple Layer Party Cake Play Food

    Triple Layer Party Cake

  3. Pool Playdate. Who says a play date has to be at your house? Meet friends at the local indoor pool and your kids can splash and play to their hearts’ content, no matter what the weather is like outside. Take along a Spark Shark Kickboard or two to make it even more fun.

    Spark Shark Kickboard

    Spark Shark Kickboard

  4. Unplugged  Game Day. Keep them from accumulating more screen time and help them have a blast with a unplugged-games playdate.  Provide a stack of great games like Harvest Hop Press & Spin Game for younger kids and the super-cool Suspendfor older ones and they won’t even notice that the TV hasn’t been on all day!

    Suspend Game

    Suspend Game

  5. Dress-Up and Imagination Time. Kids don’t need us hovering with instructions, or orchestrating every last move when they are playing. Their imaginations are amazing, and all we need to do is provide awesome tools for it to soar. A full dress-up bin is a great way to let them do just that. They can be police officers, princesses, doctors . . . or they can turn these costumes into whatever they can imagine!

    Super Heroine Role Play Costume

    Super Heroine Role Play Costume

Allison McDonald is the founder and editor of No Time For Flash Cards! She has been teaching children in various capacities since 1993, so you can imagine that she has done her fair share of crafts, songs and circle times!  Her son’s birth brought her home, and her love of teaching and helping other parents sparked the idea for No Time for Flash Cards. Early childhood  education is her passion . . . her heart belongs to the little guys! Get to know Allie and see her creative kids’ crafts and educational activities on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

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