Playdates are not only a great way for our children to make friendships and develop social skills, but also it’s a wonderful way to encourage creativity, expand imaginations and work on our little one’s attention spans. So, when we heard about the #TubbyPlaydates campaign we were keen to get involved. Not only does Henry love Teletubbies, but it’s also a wonderful excuse for a garden party in this glorious weather.
Basically, the team from Teletubbies have come up with a fabulous pack to help parents and carers to plan their very own Tubby Playdate. We couldn’t wait to try it out.
THE TUBBY PLAYDATE PACK
Packed full of tips, decorations, invitations, recipes and activities, the Tubby Playdate Pack is a wonderful step by step guide to help parents and carers organise their very own playdate. Flicking through it’s pages, I already had in mind the kind of play date we would be throwing. First off the invitations. We used the ones from the pack and they were adorable. Bright and fun, they told our little friends exactly what would be happening and when.
Traditionally, Teletubbies will be filled up daily with tubby custard and tubby toast. We decided to expand that out a little but keep with the Teletubby theme. We had an afternoon date so no big meal was needed, but a few nibbles were a must!
First of all we have a sandwich adaption of tubby toast, cut into shapes for an extra level of fun. Next, butterfly platters using biscuits and apples. We of course needed tubby custard (angel delight), then finally – inspired from the playdate pack – we had teletubby layered jelly. The favourite was by far the jelly. Not only in taste but also in creation as the Bear had a great time making it with me, setting the different layers and adding them in colour by colour.
A playdate isn’t a playdate without games and this is where the Tubby Playdate Pack came into it’s own. We used nearly all the ones they recommended.
- Cut Out Tubby Antennas – the cutest little party hats. Let little ones dress up as their favourite Teletubby.
- Cut Out Tubby Bunting – intended to be decorations, we actually coloured them in using Teletubby crayons during the playdate and hung them up as an activity.
- Messy Fun – using paints and stickers, have some great Teletubby messy fun.
- Bubble Playtime – what little ones don’t love bubbles. We even have one of those automated machines perfect for occasions such as these.
- Song time – the pack recommends Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes and they loved it. Along with sleeping bunnies, the rainbow song, row row and the wheels on the bus. Songs are a big hit in our house.
- Special Guests – both Dipsy and Laa-Laa decided to drop in and say hello and got plenty of love and attention.
Once everyone went home, we celebrated a playdate well excuted with a well timed Teletubbies DVD. A little bit of quiet time after an afternoon of excitement was very much needed.
The TubbyPlaydate is a great way for parents and carers to get ideas as to how to host a great playdate for their little ones. With a little bit of preparation when it comes to food and activities, you can be sure that everyone not only has fun but also manages to expand their social circles while they are doing it.
The pack is a great resource if – like me – you have a little one that loves Teletubbies! You can download your very own pack at https://en.teletubbies.com/.
DISCLOSURE: we were sent a copy of the Tubby Playdate pack to try out along with some Teletubbies party goodies to host our very own playdate. As always though, all thoughts and opinions are our own.