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One on one playdates?

Postby OnceHarmony on Sun Feb 19, 2012 7:17 pm

At what age do one on one playdates expand to include more kids? DD still seems to be at the age where she can handle one friend over at a time.

Also, at what age do kids become more involved in setting up playdates for themselves with less involvement from their parents?

I miss so much the days of a bunch of kids getting together either by just playing outside and others showing up or walking to their friend's houses to ask them to play.
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Re: One on one playdates?

Postby leanne on Sat Apr 28, 2012 8:47 pm

Whenever you can handle more kids in the house.. she proabably can. my girls (ages 5 and 7) usually each have a kid over at the same time, and we've done some playdate where they each had two friends over (so 6 kids)... that is pretty much my limit. I've also allowed each girl to have up to 4 kids over at at the same time (so again 6 total) - but that is more like a mini-party and we usually have activities and crafts and snacks planned ahead of time. Summer is easier for larger groups as we can hang in the backyard. When my kids have one friend over each, it is easy. I stay within earshot, but can usually be fairly disengaged. when each kid has two friends, it can sometimes require some adult intervention for negotiations and it is important to think about how the two friends will interact together.
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Re: One on one playdates?

Postby TazDevil on Sun May 27, 2012 5:46 pm

It depends on the personality I think. I have always preferred one friend at a time and I am an adult. I am not a huge crowd person. However we have crowds of kids (usually 7-8) that go to the playground together or play in the yard with ours and that leads to some fun games and they have a blast as a group. Multi age too 5-13.
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