We were sent the Teletubbies Playdate pack and merchandise for the purpose of this post. We were also compensated for our time. However, as always all words, opinions and photographs are my own and are 100% honest.
When Little Miss H was younger she had a group of friends that we’d met at a post-natal group. We used to see each other at least once a week. And the children all became firm friends. Hosting a playdate was the perfect way for us to all meet up. The children could have fun playing and the mums could sit down with a hot cup of tea and a chocolate biscuit and have a chat. I loved hosting these gatherings and I would try to make the playdates as fun and as special as possible.
Sadly, Little Mister H doesn’t have as many friends his age which means there have been less playdates. But I’ve resolved to change all this. And when we were sent the Teletubbies Playdate pack (which you can download from the Teletubbies website) I knew this would be the ideal opportunity to host a #tubbyplaydate.
Hosting The Perfect Teletubbies Playdate
Little Mister H is a huge fan of the Teletubbies. He has always been drawn to the bright colours and appealing characters. And sometimes when he wakes up at night, watching Teletubbies is the only thing that soothes him. As a result, I knew that he would love a Teletubbies themed playdate. And I was right. He and his little friend had a great time and enjoyed playing with all the Teletubbies goodies.
The Benefits Of Playdates
There are so many benefits to hosting a playdate. Not just for your child but also for Mum too. Being a mummy can be quite isolating and lonely. But having friends around for a playdate allows you to socialise and have a bit of downtime with your fellow mums while the kids are occupied. However, it’s really the children who benefit the most from these get-togethers. Here are just a few reasons why playdates are good for your children:
1. Your child will socialise with other children allowing them to learn some valuable social skills such as taking turns and sharing.
2. It will help to develop your children’s communication skills as they learn to interact and talk to other children and adults.
3. At first, your child is likely to play alongside the other children but eventually, they will start to play together. This helps them to learn to interact in larger groups and promotes teamwork.
4. It helps to encourage independent play. Your child can choose their own activities, which helps them learn to amuse themselves and play independently .
How To Host The Perfect Playdate
Hosting the perfect playdate is much easier than you think. It just involves a bit of thought and planning. One of the easiest ways to create a successful playdate is to have a theme. Thankfully, the Teletubbies Playdate Pack has done all the thinking for you. This pack includes tips for hosting, invitations to send out, decorations to make, recipe ideas and activities. It really does contain everything that you need to host the perfect Teletubbies playdate.
Our Teletubbies Playdate
We hosted our playdate on Wednesday afternoon after Little Mister H and his friend had napped and eaten their lunch. This was the ideal time, as it meant that both children were full of energy and wanting to play. It was also handy, as it meant that I could set up the playdate while Little Mister H napped and ate a sandwich.
I decorated the house simply with some Teletubbies themed decorations. However, the Teletubbies Playdate Pack does contain ideas on how to decorate your home appropriately. I didn’t have time to make any of the Home Hill flowers, but these can be made using tissue paper and will look lovely scattered around your home. I like the fact that some of the decorative ideas can be made by the children. Providing a fantastic activity for your Teletubbies Playdate.
The pack includes triangular templates for some Tubby bunting – each triangle featuring a different Teletubby. Little Mister H loves colouring and could happily spend an hour scribbling away. So I knew that this would be a great activity. I carefully cut around the triangle templates and placed them on the table with some yellow, purple, red and green crayons. This is a fabulous opportunity for your children to learn their colours and helps to develop their fine motor skills.
Little Mister H, also got into the spirit of the playdate and wore a Tubby Antenna that I’d made while he had been napping. Laa-Laa is his favourite Teletubby so he was always going to choose to wear her antenna. He certainly looked the part.
I didn’t serve any food at the playdate, as both the children had just had a late lunch. However, I normally would have a number of healthy snacks prepared. Chopped up fruit is a great choice. As is a little sweet treat. You could always try to make one of the recipes in the Teletubbies Playdate Pack. I know that Little Mister H would love the Tubby Custard.
The activities are the most important part of any playdate. It’s good to give the children a few options so that they don’t feel forced to do anything that they are unhappy with. As I mentioned, Little Mister H and his friend had great fun colouring in the Tubby bunting. They also loved playing with the stickers in the Teletubbies My First Busy Book and the Custard Chaos game. This game is essentially like pin the tail on the donkey. However, Little Mister H and his friend weren’t keen on the blindfold. But this didn’t matter as they still enjoyed putting the Tubby Custard stickers on the poster.
Little Mister H and his friend also had a great time playing with the Inflatable Bopper Laa-Laa. Although, Little Mister H does seem to be confused about why the toy won’t fall over. No matter how hard he bops it. I love watching his face as he tries to work out how he can knock it over. And it was brilliant to watch him give the Bopper a big bear hug and triumphantly wrestle it to the floor.
If all these activities seem a little too, well, active. Then remember sometimes it is the simplest activities that bring the most enjoyment. You could always get out some musical instruments and sing some songs. Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes is a firm favourite in our house. And if all else fails, then blow some bubbles. I’m yet to meet a child who doesn’t love bubbles. So blow some bubbles and watch their little faces light up.
Little Mister H and his friend has a lovely time at his Teletubby Playdate. They were both entertained and occupied throughout the hour and a half. As well as keeping them happily occupied for a few hours, it was also great to know that there were a number of developmental benefits to the playdate. And I very much appreciated being able to chat with my friend and enjoy a hot cup of tea.
If you’d like to host your own #TubbyPlaydate then head over to the Teletubbies website and download a Playdate Pack.
This is a collaborative post with Teletubbies. We were sent the Teletubbies Playdate Pack and merchandise for the purpose of this post. We were also compensated for our time. But as always all words, opinions and images are my own and are 100% honest.