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Easy as 1, 2, 3: Mix up the magic with #MagicSquaresPlaydates

I'm going to keep things simple today. Simple as 1, 2, 3 by sharing 3 ways of making playdates exciting. Playdates seem to feature heavily on kids' social schedules and when J was born we used to meet up every week with our antenatal group for the kids to have a playdate together. That contiued right up to when they went off to school.

Not being part of an antenatal group this time around, Miss T wasn't born with a ready made group of friends but she has got a few close friends who we like to meet up with for playdates.

Often they are happy just playing with their toys or popping out to the park for an outing, but sometimes it's nice to do something a little bit different to add some excitement to a playdate. Our own resident magician, 9 year old D, has got a few tricks up his sleeve to entertain his friends and Miss T's friends when they visit.

1. Balloon modelling 
First up is his balloon modelling skills. Kids seem to love balloons and what better than a fun dog shaped balloon. D has made a little video to show how you can mix up the magic on playdates and make your own balloon dogs.

2. Folded paper 'thingamajig'

Another simple, fun thing that's been entertaining the children recently is rediscovering the fun of those folded paper 'fortune teller' thingamajigs. We made one to match the colours of the new Petits Filous Magic Squares - pink and yellow to match the delicious Raspberry and Vanilla flavour ones we've been enjoying.

3. Make playdate food magic! 
And finally don't  forget to add a little excitement to any snacks or meals that you have on a playdate. It's quite easy just to make a few little changes to get children really excited that they are having something 'different'. Here's a ham sandwich designed to match the colourful quadrant pattern of the Petits Filous Magic Squares along with some cheese and cucumber cut into square shapes.

The delicious fun pots of Petits Filous Magic Squares are perfect for mixing up the magic just as they are. Miss T had never seen anything quite like it so we we keen to capture her first reactions on camera. Here's a little video of her 'mixing up the magic'.

She loved the taste of the smooth vanilla and delicious raspberry flavour as she mixed hers all together in a flurry of excitement. I'm always keen for my kids to eat yogurts and fromage frais as a healthy alternative to other desserts. Whilst Miss T is on her methotrexate medication for her juvenile arthritis, her doctors have emphsized how much more important it is for her to keep up her calcium intake and with vitamin D and calcium these pots of Petits Filous Magic Squares are perfect as the vitamin D helps the calcium to get absorbed.

We love mixing up the magic on playdates and Petits Filous have made playdates extra special with the Petits Filous Magic Squares range.

This post is an entry for BritMums #MagicSquaresPlaydates Linky Challenge, sponsored by Petits Filous. Find out more about the Challenge here

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