Time for Friends! Fun, Easy Playdates and Other Socialization Ideas for Your Little One

Friendships are one of life’s greatest gifts! We know it’s been true in our lives, and we want the same for our children. When your little one starts to get interested in playing with others, it’s time for friends!

Playdates are a great way for toddlers to play with others and learn important socialization skills at the same time. Setting up a playdate is simple if you know other moms with little ones — just send out an invite (or text!) with a suggested date and time, and ask each one to bring a snack along.

Playdates don’t have to be a big production. They can be as simple as putting on some music and dancing with the little ones, taking a walk around the neighborhood, playing ball in the back yard, or pulling out the child-safe markers and some paper. If you have more time, you could plan a craft.

What if you just can’t seem to coordinate schedules with other moms or you haven’t met a lot of other moms yet? Playdates aren’t the only way for toddlers to get socialization!

Here are some other ideas:

  • Storytime at the library
  • Ballet, swim, other lessons
  • Picnic at the local park — there may be other moms with little ones there you can get to know
  • Take your little one with you! Wherever you go (the grocery store, the doctor’s office, the post office), your little one can learn how to interact with others. Socialization is a skill that needs to be applied to a variety of ages, so everyday places are the perfect way to teach these skills. Let them learn from you!

How do you feel about socialization? What do you do?