10 creative play date ideas + $50 giveaway


Friends play a huge part in our life, even at such a young age. I’m so grateful for all the friendships I have. I feel really blessed that my children are able to have each other as best friends. Yes of course they fight like normal siblings (ALL the time), but they truly love each other and have made so many fun memories over the past year. I love watching their relationship blossom. 10 creative play dates on iheartnaptime.com

Now that they are getting older they love having friends over for play dates too. It’s so fun to watch their imaginations go wild during play dates. I still remember my first best friend at 4 years old. We would play every single day and ride our bikes to swing at the park. There’s no way I’d let my son go on his own now. Oh how times have changed. LOL! But we love to invite friends over to play.

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To celebrate friendship I’ve rounded up 10 creative play date ideas —


10 creative play dates

Make homemade water color paints via All Parenting

10 creative play date ideas

Cowboy play date via Ever Never Again

10 creative play date ideas

Color with homemade sidewalk chalk via I Heart Nap Time

10 creative play date ideas

Bird watching play date via E is for Explore

10 creative play dates

Croquet play date with pool noodles via Inner Child Fun

10 creative play date ideas

Have a picnic with friends via Project Nursery

10 creative play date ideas

Paper plate ring toss game via A Little Learning For Two

10 creative play date ideas

Animal masks with free template via Prudent Baby

10 creative play date ideas

Game of hop scotch via A Girl and a Glue Gun

10 creative play date ideas

Giant water sensory bag via Utah County Mom

Celebrating childhood friendships and memories is what its all about! Don’t forget to check out Walt Disney Studios release of The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. It’s available for the first time on Blu-ray Combo Pack and HD Digital August 27th. Experience the friendships, imagination and adventure  of the Hundred Acre Woods when all of your favorite characters come alive in this timeless motion picture. My two littles loved this movie. They have been begging to watch it over and over again.

Giveaway (closed) Congrats Ashley M!

Now, to enter for a chance to win a $50 Visa Gift Card and a Winnie The Pooh Blu-ray Combo Pack, share with us the importance of friendship, imagination and adventure in your child’s life..

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This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.The Official Rules are available here. This sweepstakes runs from 8/1/2013 – 9/3/2013

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Jamielyn Nye

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Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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164 comments on “10 creative play date ideas + $50 giveaway”

  1. Friendship, imagination and adventure are important for my children because they get to develop social skills and enjoy the fun of being a kid.

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  3. -Friendship, imagination and adventure are important for my children because they get to develop social skills and enjoy the fun of being a kid.

  4. It’s important for kids to have friends and have fun to be sociable and happy

  5. It’s important for kids to have friends and have fun to be sociable and happy.

  6. Friendship, imagination and adventure are important to my children because they learn so much by playing together and using their imaginations. This prepares them to be productive and happy adults.

  7. These aspects are important in my children’s lives because it helps them grow mentally and socially. They become more confident when they use their mind to create, explore, and be a good friend.

  8. Friendship, imagination and adventure are important for my child because I want him to be happy, and these are definitely 3 keys to living a happy life!

  9. its important for growth and dreams, and just plain fun of being a child thats why winnie the pooh was one of my favorites growing up.

  10. Imagination, friendships, and a sense of adventure can open up the whole world to children. I try to nurture them and allow them to follow the beat of their own drums.

  11. What wonderful ideas! As a preschool teacher, I agree that social interaction is a critical piece of development. We give out class directories (with parent permission) to encourage play dates outside of school!

    • That is such a great idea to give out class directories. So often kids want to play with friends from school but don’t have their phone numbers to call them!

  12. What wonderful ideas! As a preschool teacher, I agree that social interaction is a critical piece of development. I love this!

  13. Thank you for so many unique play date ideas!

  14. These things help determine the person my child will turn out to be. The friends she has help to reinforce beliefs, world view, etc. Imagination and adventure allow her to experience and interact with the world around her. There should always be room for playing and having fun.

  15. Imagination is extremely important in every child’s development. My kids play games, read books, and do art to encourage imagination.

  16. While friendship and imagination are also central to my kids’ lives, adventure is the thing that brings us all closest together. Whether it’s a 2-mile walk, or a 20-mile bike ride, or a 6,000-mile road trip, our family feels most “together” when we are adventuring together.

  17. Its a part of growing up and learning and great for the social aspect of life!

  18. Friendship is so important. They last a lifetime! Imagination can take you places you have never been and Adventure makes life fun! I try and foster these ideas in my children.

  19. It develops social skills and makes fun times and memories. Thanks for the giveaway.

  20. It is important to learn necessary skills for a happy and rewarding life.
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  21. My oldest son is on the Autism Spectrum, and social skills are quite difficult for him. Up until this past year, his “friends” have all been imaginary. This year, after a cross country move, he met a boy at school who is quite similar in nature to him. They have really bonded and supported one another. It’s been an amazing transformation to witness!

  22. Friendship, imagination, and adventure are all important aspects of growing up. Little ones need to learn how to make friends as well as how to be a good friend. Playtime can be so much more fun when they learn how to use their imagination and learn that they can create a whole new world by just using their imagination. And adventure? Who doesn’t love a little adventure thrown in the mix…from making the mundane seem more fun, to going on one of our kiddos’ favorite – a “Surprise Journey!”

  23. so important! kids not only have fun but learn important social skills and life lessons!

  24. I have the best memories from my childhood that involved my best friend and pure imaginative play. I want to pass this down to my own children.

  25. I think books and imagination building games are huge in development!

  26. Play dates are a great way for kids to interact and parents to get some time to talk.

  27. Play is the work of kids and the “Kid in us” for only through play and imagination does action become integrated into thought. We hold onto experiences and remember them through 5 senses. Friends can enhance the play and yield powerful and even different ways of thinking. Making time for play makes you more fun to be around and younger in heart and spirit.

  28. OOps! My son loves friends, he won’t be two till October, but his friends already mean the world to him. He loves saying Hi to new kids and visiting his friends.

  29. Imagination, friendship and adventure are vital to a little mind’s development. We experience it first hand with our first born. We were surrounded with friends from diverse backgrounds and our child is a well grounded 7 year old now. unfortunately with our second child we moved twice during a three year period and have not been so furtunate to find new friends the same age. Therefore we have noticed a huge difference in development for both. On the bright side they have each other and that gives me an inmense happiness :) thanks for the ideas and the chance to win. Have a wonderful weekend

  30. Every kid needs a buddy. Someone to learn and play with. When I think back on my own childhood most of my memories involve my best girl friends. I know my son will have similar memories as he grows with his friends.

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  31. friendship, imagination and adventure are important because you need to escape and explore in your mind it helps you grow and be creative and it makes life that more interesting and everything is better with a friend

  32. It’s important for kids because it helps to develop their social skills.

  33. I think it helps prepare them for the real world!

  34. Imagination is important for creativity and growing through adventures, which plays into their imagination.
    Friendships and building relationships is a necessary skill for all ages

  35. They are all character building traits and therefore very important.

  36. Friendship is important to have support in life and people to share the happy moments with and building relationships is important for careers. As for imagination? What would a grand adventure be without one? All are very important tools for a child to grow and prosper! :)

  37. Friendship helps learning things and making it more fun. Thank you for giveaway!

  38. I believe it helps prepare them for the real world.

  39. These things are all important in my children’s live, because it gives them confidence, fun and helps them develop and learn about the world.
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  40. Deborah Anderson Reply

    Through friendship, children learn tolerance, compassion, and social interaction. Playing together inspires imagination, and that increases thinking power. So yes, it’s all very important to a child’s development.

  41. great to make friends to be social!

  42. Adventure brings new experiences and learning to children.

  43. I want my kids to have the ability to deal with the things life brings them, to have the imagination to come up with new resolutions, to be willing to take risks, and to have a good group of friends to fall back on.

  44. Kids need to be socially active to help grow and mature. Play dates are a must!

  45. Stephanie Larison Reply

    Children need to be socialized to build confidence. Having fun and being young is where they learn to become themselves.

  46. Melissa Alvarez Reply

    Friendship, imagination and adventure are one of the most important things in a childs life in my opinion.

  47. Friendship, imagination and adventure help develop social and skills and self-confidence

  48. It helps them to learn more about themselves and what them want.

  49. My kids learn by using their imagination. My daughter always copies her friends and learns by watching what they do.

  50. Jacob LaFountaine Reply

    Friendship allows you to practice the skills you’ll need later in life

  51. Friendship, imagination and adventure are impoart for my kids because they make life richer and happier.
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  54. Bring a good friend is a lifelong skill. It’s best to learn it when you’re young. Have you ever met an adult who doesn’t know how to be a friend? It’s challenging to have a simple conversation.
    Imagination and a sense of adventure can create learners and readers at an early age. Pretend play is an early literacy skill; could that pretty princess in preschool be the next bestselling fantasy author? Sure, why not? Give them as many opportunities as possible while they are young and hope they soak it all in.

  55. -Friendship, imagination and adventure are important for my children because they get to develop social skills and enjoy the fun of being a kid.

  56. Friendships are the bonds that keep my daughter happy, healthy, enables her to use imagination, and often a source for many adventures.

  57. Adventure and imagination help children grow and develop. Friendships allow them to practice social skills with other peers and teach them to have healthy relationships for the future.

  58. Thanks for the opportunity to win!!!

  59. Having friends is one of the most important parts of life. Children learn to play, share, laugh, give, take, and build awesome forts when they have a good friend nearby. But being able to make friends is easier if you have a colorful imagination and a true sense of adventure. And honestly, it’s easier to get into college, get a great job, meet new people, and lead a happy life if you have these qualities, too. :)

  60. I love having adventures with my little guys! We have a small house and very little outdoor space but that doesn’t stop us from having a good time!

  61. A couple of the most important things a parent can teach their child are good values and striving to achieve your dreams – Friendship, imagination and adventure falls into that perfectly

  62. As a mom of a child with a language delay who’s taken on the challenge of homeschooling the Montessori way, I’ve discovered that my kiddo’s imagination is vital in helping her to communicate what she may not be able to express with words; she makes up words for new things and it’s quite fascinating–ointment is abra and so on. She enjoys using toys and objects in ways one would never imagine in which to use them. Despite her language delay, she’s never met a stranger and everyone is a potential friend who deserves a hug; hugging is how she introduces herself. She also has so many imaginary friends–one of whom is named “Gilkian”–her made up name. For our little one, life is an adventure. Friendship, imagination and adventure are important to children because they use these make sense of the world in which they live. Every journey begins with imagination, which leads to adventure and a few friends are made along the way to add excitement and purpose…

  63. Imagination builds problem solve skills later in life

  64. Friendship is important for a person to grow up and become a good person.

  65. Friendship, imagination and adventure are important to our children, because most of them don’t have enough of any of the 3. Computers and smartphones take the place of the things they need to create these.

  66. he is only 8 months; so far friendship means someone new to chew on!

  67. because the combination of the 3 of them help to form his personality. He is drawn to kids who play and imagine like himself which helps him develop strong relationships

  68. Imagination helps children become creative thinkers; friendship and adventure is an essential part of life

  69. Friendship, imagination and adventure in your child’s life is very important in molding your child to whom they will be. Helps them to learn love and acceptance.

  70. A normal childhood requires all three skills.

  71. When my four children were younger they all had many friends that came over to our house.

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  73. It helps kids to learn

  74. Imagination is everything in my four year old’s at the moment and he is also beginning to understand the meaning of friendship with our guidance. My two year old son is all about adventure and exploring everything in his little world!

  75. my kids use their imaginations to come up with adventures to enjoy with their friends

  76. my kids use their imaginations to come up with adventures to enjoy with their friends pryfamily5@gmail.com

  77. Friendship, imagination and adventure are so important in a child’s life because they will use all of these things throughout their entire life!

  78. I believe that imagination is super important, and I try hard to encourage craft projects and creativity to expand their imagination

  79. I do not have kids but friendship is very important. When I was a kid I was always with my friends, and I had a big imagination!

  80. We must remember it is our responsibility to provide our children with friendship, imagination, and adventure.

  81. friendship leads to imagination and adventure

  82. Friendship, Imagination and Adventure will help a child grow and want more from life.

  83. Imagination is so important to encourage it helps a child grow and be creative. I really think it helps them believe they can do anything. My kids and I have tea partys, and such are favorite is pretending to be a vet.

  84. My now 27 year old son Michael (Tigger) and 25 year old son Andrew (piglet) grew up with their love, friendship… My nickname is Winnie-enough said

  85. Great ideas Jamielyn, I love these kinds of posts! They always end up bookmarked!

  86. it’s important because it allows children to discover who they are through play.

  87. a friendship with out friends is a lonely one everyone needs a friend

  88. I love that my daughter has stayed friends with her buddies from daycare throughout the year, even when they went on to different schools. They’ve maintained a wonderful bond.

  89. I think it’s important for fun play that is not electronically force-fed to her so she has the chance to grow and expand her mind.

  90. Our middle daughter personifies friendship, imagination and adventure. She sees the good in almost everyone and is an artist.

  91. It will help enrich his life and make him a better person.

  92. I think they all build character and help the kids live healthy active social lives.

  93. Friendship is very important to be able to build trust and other relationships in life

  94. friendship builds social skills but also gives them someone to rely on besides family. together, they can expand their imaginations and also have some great adventures.

  95. Friendship, adventure, and imagination are all important aspects in a children’s life. They grow emotionally and mentally and it let’s them be who they are and discover themselves. It gives them skills they will need in their adult lives. I love sitting and just watching my kids use their imaginations!

  96. I think it helps them be good people as they grow into adults.

  97. Friendship is very improtant in any childs life, i try to get my son to build as many friendships early in life as possible to help teach him how to share and give him a sense of loyalty. Adventure and imagination are also soo so important to my young son, these charactoristics play big roles in anything a child does and wants to grow up to be, imagination allows him to pretend to be anything he wants and adventure lets him think of things he can do that help him imagine what he wants to be.

  98. by reading out loud and spending time creating from nothing I can help my children open their mind

  99. It builds character, creates a world of fun, and leads to a happy childhood.

  100. It is so important for kids to have an imagination. As my kids grow I see how their imagination grows too! I encourage their creativity and socializing with similar friends!

  101. Friendship, imagination and adventure are important because they help develop character and make children happy adults!

  102. fostering friendship, imagination and adventure in a child will create an adult who is caring, giving, open-minded, and non-judgmental.

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  103. I want my daughter to find happiness and with that she will need to make many friends. Her imagination is important so she can dream big.

  104. Friendship, imagination and adventure are important for my children because they get to develop social skills

  105. I find that E. behaves and listens better after he’s had some socialization with kids his age. He’s an only child so that isn’t as frequent as for other kiddos, so we try to get as much peer interaction as possible for the little guy.

  106. Imagination and adventure can take the boring days and make them memorable!

  107. Friendship, imagination and adventure are vital for children to grow into happy, well adjusted and productive adults.

  108. All three are highly important in helping to form the adult your child will be via socialization, creativity, and experiences.

  109. I believe that friendship is important in our children’s lives because it teaches them to get along with others and to care about others.

  110. Friendship, imagination and adventure are the building blocks to a happy, healthy childhood. Watching my boys dream up adventures with their friends is one of the best things in the world for me to watch- I know they are not only improving their creative and social skills, but enjoying their childhood years (which go by way too quickly)

  111. Friendships, imagination and adventure are what childhood is all about. It forms the foundation for a productive adult.

  112. Jessie C.

    Friendship, imagination and adventure are important for my children to be well rounded.

  113. It is important for kids to learn these skills for success in life.

  114. The little one already has quite the vivid imagination!

  115. Friendship, imagination and adventure sounds like an ideal childhood. It works for the books we read also. We were military stationed in england and toured a cottage museum where the Pooh author lived. the kids were absolutely enthralled with that outing. We reread every one of our Pooh books

  116. Friendship, imagination and adventure are all important for kids (and adults, too) We take a daily hike around the lake and see what adventures we can have.
    Thanks for the contest.

  117. Friendship, imagination and adventure are the three best things when you’re a child. Friendship for when you’re feeling lonely. Imagination for when you’re feeling bored. Adventure for when you’re feeling a little..well, adventurous! ;)

  118. Its very important that my kids have fun with there imagination and go on fun adventures with there good friends.

  119. It helps them become creative and kind adults.
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