Since I hosted a play date for the 2 year olds in our mom group (our messy play date), I figured I should also host a play date for the under 1 kids. I wanted to keep it pretty simple but also give them some fun stuff to do. The weather was perfect that week so I knew I wanted to let the little ones play outside. I decided on setting up 3 stations. First, I laid out some blankets and put out 2 different infant treasure baskets and a little wagon full of other baby toys. The babies loved the treasure baskets! They spent so much time investigating and exploring all the goodies inside them. I put out our all things shiny basket and our all things wooden basket (I added a couple more things to each one so there would be plenty for everyone).
Next, we set up 2 little kiddie pools. One had some pool toys thrown in and the other didn't. One of the little girls spent pretty much the whole time crawling back and forth between the two pools. It was really cute! Parker loved it, too! She wasn't really interested in the toys, mostly splashing and watching the other babies kept her occupied!
Last, Eric and I made a redneck waterbed for the babies to lay on and/or crawl on. I had seen this idea on Pinterest and had been wanting to make one for a while so this was the perfect excuse I used a clear plastic sheet (painters' tarp) that was 25' by 10' and 6 mil thick. We folded the tarp in half and sealed it shut with duct tape (leaving a small hole in one corner for filling). We put 3 pieces of duct tape on each side. The first sealing the 2 sides together and then another one on the top and one on the bottom. It worked really well and I only had one corner that I had to patch. This one had mixed reviews from the babies, some loved it and some hated it! Parker loved it! Her favorite thing was when Avery would run across it or jump on it and the waves would rock her up and down. She would just laugh and laugh!
We will definitely be getting it out again this summer!
I'd say the under 1 play date was a success! All of the babies found a least one activity they enjoyed. And it was a great way for the babies to stay cool and have fun while the mommas got to hang out and chat!
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