When my now 30 month old was just a wee, plump lad, we had bestowed upon him the title of "Blueberry King." He started picking blueberries with us when he was only 8 months old and finds great joy in being outside amongst the blueberry bushes. (See our Blueberry Picking and Cooking Post) We decided to combine some of his absolute favorite things for a Blueberry Ice Cream King play date!
We invited some toddler friends over for a playdate!!! The morning began with some free play in the pretend kitchen, Legos, and puzzles. The toddlers then came over and intently listened to this cute story about a boy's trip to an ice cream shop. The illustration make ME want to lick the "rainbow sprinkles from mint-chip ice cream walls."
He spent the morning rolling and smashing the warm play dough!
When his friends came over, they seemed to enjoy this ice cream shop play dough station too! The kids baked and rolled. They made ice cream, cupcakes, and pancakes. By the end of the playdate the colors were all mixed into a lovely yellow, blue, and brown! I split the dough into 7 bags and sent all the tots home with a pre-mixed bag of play dough. They were all delighted.
I also set up a water color painting station. I had the moms help draw an ice cream form with crayons and encourage their children to help, then paint over the ice cream shape for a crayon resist painting. Two of the kids kept ice cream forms and the others just went wild with paint. It was fun to see how all engaged in the painting process in their own way!
(Thanks Vanessa for taking a picture of me helping!)
Hip- hip HOORAY for a delightful toddler playdate!!!