Playdates are the perfect opportunity for kids to practice social skills like turn-taking and sharing while moms get a chance to engage in adult conversation. Win-win. When hosting a playdate, I like to come up with a few simple activities that the kids can do together. This DIY bean bag toss game is one of our favorite toddler playdate ideas. Even very young kids love to play in dry rice, and scooping and dumping is actually excellent for early learning!
Check out how we make our homemade bean bags and play with them, and then read on to see TONS more toddler playdate ideas below!
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Make Some No-Sew Bean Bags for Kids
Grab some old mismatched socks and fill them with dry rice. (Kid-sized socks are great for this, however adult socks work well too if you cut the top half of them off.) Add some dried lavender to make them smell great, adding an extra sensory element.
This is actually a great activity for 1 and 2 year olds, as they will love to scoop the rice! To make the process a bit more manageable, you can place the sock inside of a cup, folding the top over.
After filling the sock about half-way, tie the top with a knot, and your DIY bean bag is complete!
Make a Simple Bean Bag Toss
Take an old cardboard box (hello, Amazon Prime) and cut holes in the bottom. This is a great opportunity to get creative! Cover the entire box with some fun Duck Tape (we chose Minions) and play!
This DIY bean bag toss game can be taken outside or played with indoors. Kids can take turns throwing the bean bags, and can share the ones they have created. What a fun way to practice some social skills while having fun!
More Toddler Playdate Ideas
Sensory Play for 1 and 2 Year Olds
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Oobleck Drip Painting on the Sidewalk (pictured)
Sensory Stomp Painting (pictured)
Peanut Butter Play Dough // Preschool Powol Packets
Edible Play Dough // Look We’re Learning
Montessori Inspired Sensory Play for Babies // Natural Beach Living
Slime without Borax or Liquid Starch // Mother’s Niche
Arts & Crafts for 1 and 2 Year Olds
Coffee Filter Sun Craft // Look We’re Learning (pictured)
Cardboard Box Decorating // Clare’s Little Tots (pictured)
Frozen Sparkly Watercolors // Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds (pictured)
Painting with Spatulas // My Bored Toddler (pictured)
Painting with Pot Scrubbers // My Bored Toddler (pictured)
Creative Art Collage for Toddlers // Clare’s Little Tots (pictured)
Q Tip Painting with Watercolors // Buggy and Buddy (pictured)
Mess Free Paint in a Bag // Life Over C’s (pictured)
Painting Big with Toddlers // Adventures in a Box
Games/Activities for 1 and 2 Year Olds
Baby Bath Pretend Play // Happy Hooligans (pictured)
Colorful Fizzing Rainbows // Schooling a Monkey (pictured)
Erupting Car Wash (pictured)
Make Felt Cookies (pictured)
Toddler Water Wall // Adventures and Play
Simple Science for Toddlers // Kori at Home
Encourage Imaginative Play with Felt // Buggy and Buddy
40 Pretend Play Printables // KC Edventures
25 Fun and Healthy Snacks for Kids // Double the Batch
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