Making a date
Let your child lead: Ask her who she would like to invite over. If she doesn’t have a preference, you can pick up the cues from whom she is drawn to at daycare, preschool, or your local playground. The playmates don’t have to be of the same age.
Keep it small: Instead of inviting too many friends, limit playdates to one friend at a time. Or else, others will feel left out. Sharing of toys also becomes easier this way.
Keep it short: An hour is fine for a playdate to start with. If you observe that the children are getting bored or tired, it would be better to shorten the playdate. But keep the options open for an extended play time if the children get along well and are happy.
Invite parents also: For children who are not used to staying away from their mother or father, consider making the playdate a family affair. Invite parents of other children also to join you for coffee and chat while the kids play.
Be the best guest: If you are invited, make sure you are always on time. Do not overstay. Insist on cleaning up with the host and also don’t forget to express your gratitude for being invited.
Be a perfect host: If other parents are not staying, make it a point to get emergency contact information. Ask them whether their child is allergic to any food or dogs or cats.
Activities for children: Keep some interesting, fun-filled activities and games for the children so that they get engaged into it.
Keep an eye on the children: If a conflict between them escalates to verbal or physical confrontation, intervene to settle things down. You have to keep calm and patient.
Take the playdate outside: If possible, take your child and his/her playdate outside in a park or field so that they can get engaged in some outdoor activities as well. But do keep in mind that it is very important that the surroundings are safe.