Playdate meetup groups

Interested in finding a playdate meetup group. Check out the official list.

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Playdates and age groups

For toddlers, the age of the other children at the playdate doesn’t really matter. Most kids will find some value in spending time with another child even if their ages don’t match up perfectly.

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Limiting play dates

Play dates for two- to 3-year-olds work best if they’re limited to two children close in age, somewhat structured in terms of activities, and supervised by both sets of parents.

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When tots socialize

Around the time he turns 2, your toddler will start to actively reach out to other children. But as with any other skill, he learns how to socialize with others by trial and error.

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Limiting play dates

Unless you relish the idea of a pair of hyper toddlers trashing your entire house, limit the domain of play dates. You can either gate off a single room or simply shut doors to rooms that are off-limits.

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Keeping occupied while playing

After your toddler starts to play on his/her own, keep a magazine nearby and sneak a peek at a page while she is stacking blocks. It’s okay to take a break! She’ll let you know when she needs some more attention, interaction, or direction.

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Activity: Playtime

Be the producer not the director of his play. A parent’s job is to provide some fun objects, materials, or toys to invite a child’s imagination to take off, not to lead the play.

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Toys in groups and alone

Plastic bats are great for solo play but a disaster in a group. Select age and temperament-appropriate toys.

An impulsive thrower needs soft toys, not metal cars that he can use as projectiles. If a toy habitually excites squabbles among playing children, shelve it.

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