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100+ Ultimate Playdate Ideas for 5 Year Olds

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Creating playdate ideas for 5 year olds can be so much fun!

There are endless options when it comes to activities that you can do.

Whether you stay indoors or venture outdoors, your little ones will have a blast! This article will share some of our favorite playdate ideas for five-year-olds. So get ready to have some fun!

Playdate Benefits

Parents often worry about their child’s social and emotional development. One way to encourage positive social skills is through playdates.

Here are some benefits of playdates:

  • Provide opportunities to share, take turns, and cooperate with others
  • Practice communication and problem-solving skills
  • Helps children learn how to handle emotions such as frustration and disappointment.

Of course, not all playdates will be perfect. There may be some disagreements or arguments.

However, these challenges can also provide valuable lessons. Kids can learn how to resolve conflicts peacefully.

Playdates can be a fun and beneficial way for your kids to socialize while learning essential life skills.

playdate ideas for 5 year olds
Outside Play at a Park Playdate

Indoor Playdate Ideas

Little girl playing a board game
Board Game Playdate

Board Games

More Board Game Ideas

person playing Uno card game
Card Game Playdate

Kids Card Games Ideas

  • War Card Game is a beautifully illustrated game with cats and dogs.
  • Crazy Eights with funny animal illustrations.
  • Spoons The game of card grabbing and spoon snagging!
  • Uno Classic card game in a sturdy storage tin!

Paper Games Ideas

  • Hangman
  • Tick Tack Toe
  • Dots and Boxes Click on the link to learn how to play!

Video Games Ideas

2 children painting on a playdate
Painting Playdate

Arts and Craft Playdate Ideas

Art Projects

Click on the links for instructions for these projects!

Crafts Projects

2 children coloring on a rug

Sensory Play Ideas

Find more details on how to create these from The Spruce Crafts!

  • Homemade Slime
  • Frozen Pom Pom Bin
  • Scented Edible Finger paints
  • Rainbow Soap Foam
  • DIY Stress Ball
  • Alphabet Car Wash
  • Calm Down Bottle
  • Magnetic Alphabet Fishing

More Fun Indoor Playdate Ideas

Creating an Indoor Fort or Clubhouse

Use sheets, blankets, cardboard boxes, or pillows. And let your kids use their imaginations!

Children having a dance party
Dance Party Playdate

Dance Party in Living Room

Don’t overthink this one or go overboard. Put on some fun music and let them dance! Provide fun snacks and drinks, and you are all set!

DIY Indoor Bowling

Click here for instructions on how to easily do this!

Indoor Treasure Hunt or Scavenger Hunt

Check these scavenger hunt ideas out for lots of fun times with your kids!

Children looking at a map having a scavenger hunt outside
Scavenger Hunt Playdate

Magic Tricks Ideas

Try these fun magic tricks with the kids!

Indoor Obstacle Course

Check out this obstacle course article for the best way to create a DIY obstacle course!

Guess the Object Game

  • First, put interesting objects in a box.
  • Blindfold the child.
  • Then, have them take turns guessing what the items are.

Gymnastics Fun

  • Set up a “balance beam” with painter’s tape on the floor.
  • Walk forwards and then backward
  • Try doing this blindfolded, “feeling” the tape with their feet

Create a “Road” With Painter’s Tape For Your Child’s Hot Wheel Cars

  • This game can go as far as your imagination can dream up!
  • The “road” can go throughout your house using objects for obstacles, street signs, little houses, etc.

The Floor is Lava Game

All you need to do for this is yell, “the floor is lava!” And the kids will take over from there!?

Children playing Princess dress-up and superhero dress-up
Princess or Superhero Dress Up Playdate

Build a Dollhouse With Cards and Tape

I LOVE this idea because building card houses can frustrate young children. But taping the structures together remedies that problem! And they can have fun afterward with their little dolls and animals in their new dollhouse. Check out the instructions for the doll house of cards from

Even MORE Indoor Playdate Ideas

  • Put Together a Play, Performance, or Puppet Show
  • Princess Dress Up
  • Superhero Dress Up
  • Movie and Snacks
  • Puzzles
  • Indoor Tea Party or Picnic
  • Duck Duck Goose
  • Musical Chairs
  • Coloring
  • Stencils and Stamps
  • Play “Teacher” Taking Turns With Who is Teacher and Student
  • Play With Play-Doh or Make Your Own

Baking and Games Activities

  • Bake cookies or muffins together
  • Simon says, indoor or outdoors.
  • Painting Party With Watercolors, Chalk Pastels, or Acrylic Paints
  • I spy
  • Hot Potato game
  • Balloon Keep Up Game
  • Balloon Volleyball
  • Sock Basketball
  • Indoor Marbles
  • Play With Legos or Building Blocks
  • Indoor Picnic
  • Play With Magnet Tiles
  • Jewelry Making
Children bouncing in a bounce house
Bounce House Playdate

Places to Go for Playdates

  • Chuck E. Cheese
  • Bounce House
  • Bowling
  • Roller skating
  • Ice skating
  • Museum
  • Aquarium
  • Movie Theater
  • Laser Tag
  • Arcade Play Place
  • Mini-golf
  • local park play area
  • zoo
  • Amusement Park
  • Water Park

Outdoor Playdate Activities

  • Water play, water table, sprinklers
  • Scavenger hunt
  • Obstacle course
  • Ring toss
  • Bubbles
  • Nerf guns
  • Hide and seek
  • Backyard camping
  • Chalk play in the driveway
  • Hopscotch
  • Outdoor marbles
  • Fly a kite
  • Picnic
2 boys flying a kite
Kite Flying Playdate

Frequently Asked Questions

How long should a playdate be for 5-year-olds?

How long a playdate should depend on your chosen activities. And what the child’s parents agree to.

An afternoon or 3-4 hours is a reasonable time frame if you know your child’s friends well. Mornings can also be a great time of day to have a playdate. They could play for 2-3 hours and go home after lunch.

At what age are playdates important?

When is the best age to begin having playdates? It depends on the child. Some toddlers may be ready to socialize with other kids as early as 18 months old. At the same time, others may not be interested in playdates until they are 3 or 4 years old.

Paying attention to your child’s cues is important since there aren’t any hard and fast rules. If they seem interested in interacting with other kids, then a playdate could be a great way to encourage socialization.

Of course, it’s important to supervise playdates closely, regardless of your child’s age. Being vigilant ensures that no one gets hurt. And that the playdate is enjoyable for all involved.

What food should I prepare for a playdate?

First, ask the child’s parents if they have any food allergies or intolerances. Secondly, you’ll want to ensure that the food is something that both children and adults enjoy. And finally, you’ll want to choose relatively easy foods to eat and clean up. 

Some great options for playdate snack time include fruit kabobs, veggie straws, mini pizzas, and yogurt parfaits.

These foods are fun to eat, easy to clean up, and unlikely to cause any allergies. So whether you’re looking for some healthy snacks or some sweet treats, these options should have you covered.

How do you end a playdate?

The end of a playdate can be tricky, especially if your child is having a good time. And he doesn’t want it to end!

If possible, try to end the playdate positively by doing something that everyone will enjoy. For example, you could have a final snack or game together. 

You could also take a few minutes to chat with the other adults about how the playdate went. If your child is still reluctant to leave, try to explain that it’s time to go home. Let them know that they’ll see their friends again soon.

Finally, say goodbye and “thank you” before leaving. A little politeness goes a long way in ensuring that future playdates are just as enjoyable.

tug of war playdate ideas for 5 year olds

Final Thoughts

With this list of 100+ fun playdate ideas for five-year-olds, you should be able to find plenty of activities that will keep your little ones entertained.

From indoor games and crafts to outdoor adventures and challenges, there’s something for everyone on this list.

Mix things up so that the playdates never get too predictable or boring. And have fun with it! The goal is to create happy memories for both you and your child.

What’s your favorite activity from our list? Do you have an idea to share?

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