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Resources

You will find here information about books, websites, and events that can help you organize the best playdates. If you know of other resources that would be useful, please let us know about them.

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Websites

  • Funplaydates.com - Funplaydates.com is your premier site for initiating creative playdates, parties and simple get-togethers. Featuring great downloadable crafts, invitations, activities and recipes, as well as expert tips on parenting.

  • ABC Home Preschool - A resourceful site for parents teaching their children preschool at home. It is the site of the original "use and reuse" wipe-off ABC Home Preschool Workbooks - 9 month curriculum. What better way to promote self-esteem in your children than to have them learn in a fun way!!

  • Birth Announcements by Miracle Munchkins - A wide variety of birth announcements styles! Photo and non photo birth announcements, birth announcements on bookmarks, and candy bar wrappers Vellum birth announcements, driver's license birth announcements, birth announcements magazine style and more!

  • UrbanBaby.com - UrbanBaby is an innovative media company for parents residing in U.S. metropolitan cities providing local online resource guides, informative daily opt-in email newsletters, offline events and direct marketing initiatives.

  • ParentCenter.com - Easy-to-navigate one-stop resource designed to help parents of children ages 2 to 8 better manage and enjoy the day-to-day challenges of raising great kids.

  • AimingAtMoms.com - A great website where moms and moms-to-be can get parenting tips, great shopping links, job opportunities and a feeling that they are not alone in the mom business.

  • 20ishParents.com - A great website for twenty-something parents. A real community with lively forums.

    Books

  • A Stay-At-Home Mom's Complete Guide to Playgroups by Carren W. Joye
    Packed with practical advice and step-by-step instructions, A Stay-at-Home Mom's Complete Guide to Playgroups covers everything a stay-at-home mom needs to know to start and maintain a successful playgroup for herself and her child.

  • The Playgroup Handbook by Laura Peabody Broad
    Thoroughly revised after 16 years in print, this indispensable handbook gives step-by-step instructions for over 200 easy and imaginative activities, including arts and crafts, cooking, games, exercise, storytelling, and more for anyone involved with child care--parents or playgroups

  • The Toddler's Busy Book by Trish Kuffner
    This book contains 365 activities (one for each day of the year) for one-and-a-half to three-year-olds using things found around the home. The Toddler's Busy Book is written with warmth and sprinkled with humor and insight. It should be required reading for anyone raising or teaching toddlers.

  • Baby Days:Activities, Ideas,and Games for Enjoying Daily Life With a Child by Barbara Rowley
    Baby Days starts the new parent off with activities for their new baby and continues giving ideas to occupy toddlers. The book offers many creative alternatives to television for those of us who aren't so creative ourselves.

  • Toddler Play (Gymboree) by Wendy S. Masi
    Based on the content of the successful Gymboree's Play & Music Programs, this book is a "recipe book" of games, finger rhymes, nursery songs, and craft exercises that parents can use to help their children develop physical, cognitive, emotional, and social skills.

  • Wonderplay: Interactive & Developmental Games, Crafts, & Creative Activities by Fretta Reitzes, Beth Teitelman
    For children, anytime is playtime. "Wonderplay" is a parent's guide to active child's play. With more than 200 activities--games, craft projects, cooking, music, dancing, and more--this wonderful book offers many ways to have fun with children and encourage them to learn and grow.

    Articles

  • When parties and playdates bring out the worse

  • A Life Without Play Dates

  • A Guide to Great Playdates

  • One-on-One Playdates

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