The Best Way to Talk About Kid Play

Today you’ll find out American phrases for kid parties and awesome family friendly pop culture recommendations from a 7 year old.

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Slumber is from Old English, ‘sluma’, and meant a light sleep.

It began being used in modern English in the mid 14th century. source

Then, in 1942, the first recorded use of ‘slumber party’ occurred.

A slumber party is when a group of girls gather at one house to stay overnight.

When I had slumber parties growing up, we would eat a bunch of pizza, watch movies, and practice dance moves. I remember our favorite movie to watch was Dirty Dancing.


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Sleepovers, however, are more of a boy thing (but girls use this term as well). This term was first noted in 1935. source

It’s the same- a group of boys gathers to stay the night at one house.

James explains:

“Usually, we play lots of video games, and, at night, we watch a long Avengers movie. Then, we fall asleep in my friend’s basement on his reclining couch. And then we wake up in the morning and play more video games.”

Playdate’ became a thing in the 1970’s. source

This is just a scheduled time for parents to get their kids together to play.

James and I make a lot of playdates!

His favorite playdates are “when three of my friends come to my house, and, first, we watch a little TV, and then we have a huge Nerf war.

Sometimes, when these activities happen, kids are so stoked that they are “bouncing off the walls.”

This is a fantastic idiom to describe kids going nuts and having a lot of energy.

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Pop Culture R&R

These are family friendly, kid-recommended titles:

Movie: Captain Underpants

This is hilarious! It’s based on a series of 12 epic novels. Fantastic vocabulary in the books!

TV Show: The Who Was Show

It’s nutty, it’s bananas, and it teaches kids about history.

Podcast: Wow in the World

This is an NPR show that teaches kids about science and the world, but it’s extremely engaging.

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