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Play date with no toys

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SnailPorridge Mon 25-Sep-17 08:15:30

Help! My DD has v few toys. We mostly go out or draw or read books. We occasionally watch telly.
This week we have three play dates at our house which is also very small and has a tiny very muddy garden.
What am I going to do? Visiting children always get bored and the whole thing is a nightmare.
What would you do? Any games I can make? She's 3 but her friends are 4-5.

Friolero Mon 25-Sep-17 08:17:09

Bake cupcakes for them to decorate?

Friolero Mon 25-Sep-17 08:17:45

Or games like hide and seek that don't need any stuff?

sooperdooper Mon 25-Sep-17 08:19:14

Craft activity?

AuntLydia Mon 25-Sep-17 08:20:07

Why so many playdates when it sounds like something that doesn't work for you? Are they with their parents or on their own? Maybe you could take the kids out if on their own or arrange to meet somewhere else?

shouldwestayorshouldwego Mon 25-Sep-17 08:20:47

Go to park? Decorate biscuits/cupcakes/meringue. Add pizza toppings. Get them to play hairdresser (no scissors).

notafish Mon 25-Sep-17 08:21:21

Make some play dough? Put some music on? Decorate biscuits?

shouldwestayorshouldwego Mon 25-Sep-17 08:21:26


JigglyTuff Mon 25-Sep-17 08:22:40

I'd make and paint dough Xmas decorations or make slime.

Isadora2007 Mon 25-Sep-17 08:23:13

Are they coming with parents? If so then buy in some playdoh and cutters. Or often kids love a laundry basket, blankets and accessories to have some imaginative play.
I do feel a bit sorry for your child actually having no toys? Even just some duplo or wooden blocks and some small world figures would surely be played with? I can't fathom a child getting to that age with no toys... 😔

BertrandRussell Mon 25-Sep-17 08:28:27

Why doesn't the poor child have any toys? No puzzles or play figures or Lego? No dressing up stuff?

SnailPorridge Mon 25-Sep-17 08:30:33

We can't never be the ones to have people over and if we go to theirs they have to come here sometimes. Isadora we do have some toys, just not many. We don't have any family and money is tight. The friends are older so have slightly different things as well. Thanks for all the ideas everyone.

AuntLydia Mon 25-Sep-17 08:30:40

She doesn't say no toys, she says very few toys. She also says her house is small which explains the lack of toys really doesn't it?

laketaupo Mon 25-Sep-17 08:33:54

Maybe get the garden sorted out as a permanent measure , both for your DC and any little visitors.

AuntLydia Mon 25-Sep-17 08:34:12

OK, I second the making playdoh. You could even make salt dough - there's a recipe you can cook in the microwave. This really extends it as an activity because they can paint the finished product. We did this with leaf prints recently. Also second the food related activities - making their lunch/tea will eat into some time. Could you make the muddy garden a 'thing' too? Get them to bring old clothes and wellies. I made a mud kitchen with an old plank of wood on some bricks and some old pots and pans!

SnailPorridge Mon 25-Sep-17 08:40:29

I'm feeling really sorry for my DD too. I did anyway but seeing responses has highlighted it. It is her birthday at the beginning of Nov so I suppose maybe that's part of it. Christmas and birthday are close together so we don't have toys for her age by this point in the year.

shouldwestayorshouldwego Mon 25-Sep-17 08:40:38

We have quite a small house compared to many of their friends, but children mainly love coming over and decorating pizzas/cupcakes/ painting etc. It is more interactive than 'go to the bedroom and play for two hours'. You could also make sensory jars. Only two children have ever commented, so we didn't inflict a return invite on them 😁😁.

AuntLydia Mon 25-Sep-17 08:46:54

Snail, there is no need to feel sorry for your daughter because she doesn't have tons of 'stuff'. In my experience as a mum of 3 and childminder, kids don't actually play with loads of toys anyway - they do indeed prefer things like drawing, stories and being out and about. Paper and books are my most used resources. She is also lucky enough to have lots of friends to play with.

Needalifeoverhaul Mon 25-Sep-17 08:48:43

Children don't need hoards of toys to those feeling.sorry for OPs DD! They have brilliant imaginations and can turn a cardboard box into a fun game. Role play is always a good one...playing schools/ kings and queens etc. Junk modelling, drawing, cutting pics out of old magazines and making a collage. An old sheet and chairs to make a den where they can have a picnic maybe.

opheliacat Mon 25-Sep-17 08:48:59

Some toys are stupidly expensive but there are very cheap ones from charity shops and car boot sales.

Needalifeoverhaul Mon 25-Sep-17 08:51:23

Second Auntlydias post OP! This with bells on smile

Fekko Mon 25-Sep-17 08:52:09

Paper and crayons, haloweent lit type things from the peons shop - have a crafty play date! Make some haloweeny biscuits too - I'd come to that!

crimsonlake Mon 25-Sep-17 09:00:16

I will second that, when my children were little I used to scour car boots and charity shops for toys, also book sales in libraries. Plenty of great toys and little ones will never know or care where they come from, then pass them on again when they are finished with.

Ttbb Mon 25-Sep-17 09:05:13

I agree with what has been said above. Prepare an activity. Lay down is good because there is not too much mess. But you could always do sonething crafty. Do you have any large cardboard boxes? You could give them some coloured paper and glue and get them to turn it into a play house andthen they can play in it. If you haven't got one you could try freecycle or your local Facebook swap/sell page.

Bintang Mon 25-Sep-17 09:10:59

Have you any scraps of fabric for "dressing up" or "putting on a play"? My DC would love wafty material when they were small- could be a princess, a hero cape, a king, anything. More bodies = more imagination games.
Or make pizzas with them.
If it's not raining, allow them to "paint" your fence with brushes and water.

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