With PLAYMOBIL we are able to successfully bridge the age gap and bring them together during playtime. A fact that is of the upmost value in our home. PLAYMOBIL play sets help develop both cognitive and social/emotional skills. This helps our boys to connect and enjoy each other’s company on a level that is hard to find.
How imaginative play helps with development:
- Social Skills – As your child plays a role in their imaginative story, they are learning communication skills. How they behave and treat others along the way is a signal to any areas that need to be addressed. This is a great way to help a shy child come out of their shell.
- Strengthening the Brain – Thinking is the best was to feed our brains at any age. During imaginative play, your child is working out the story in their mind and then acting it out. They learn resolution, creation and creativity during this stage.
- Speaking – Encourage your child to be vocal during playtime and to ask questions. The more they speak the clearer the words will become. When playing with other siblings, this becomes a strong learning tool to increase their word box. If they use a word that you child does not know, they will likely learn it from action.
- Creativity – This is my biggest reason to encourage imaginative play. As children, our world is so new and we dream up a life beyond belief. One day they are a first responder and the next a king or back in the land of dinosaurs. This time is so exciting for your child. A creative mind is one that will eventually shape our world into a better, brighter place.
Our PLAYMOBIL story
Shopping is one of the best parts of adding toys and games to our home. My son’s have always enjoyed the hunt for the newest PLAYMOBIL sets and September was no exception to their wondrous finds. PLAYMOBIL brings imaginative play sets focused around iconic figures from a variety of worlds, both realistic (police, firemen, etc.) and fantastical (modern day dinos). With so many sets to select from, we finally decided on a two pieces that went straight to their hearts. Into the cart and home we went with the PLAYMOBIL Take Along Police Station and PLAYMOBIL Police Cruiser.
Both of the boys are interested in the world of first responders. Always excited to tour the local fire station and peek in the police cars during our local city events. In fact, one wishes to head off to the military and one to be a police office one day. We are truly proud parents and hope that they continue to seek out their dreams.
When it comes to playtime with PLAYMOBIL, we found that our sons are drawn to each other the moment it is time to open the boxes. As our youngest, Elliot sits down at the table to begin opening the boxes, you can watch his expression change. The smile turns as he almost immediately feigns confusion and seeks his brother’s help. While we know that he is capable of putting together the set himself, he desires love and acceptance from his big bro. Dylan is happy to help show him how it is done.
Well to be honest, PLAYMOBIL Take Along Police Station is 69 pieces of high-quality with attention to detail. This set could definitely use a bit of older brother instruction. That is what they decide on at least. It brings joy to my face as a mom when I see the two working together. Watching my oldest son teach his younger brother with calm instruction. The understanding they share and joy nearly brings me to happy tears.
As that project nears halfway complete, Elliot’s focus shifts. He decides to strike out on his own and build the PLAYMOBIL Police Cruiser. I think this is a way for him to show his big brother that he is more like him than he realizes. To his credit, it works. I see the sly looks and smiles Dylan sends his way while they both work side by side.
The best part of PLAYMOBIL is that the fun is just only beginning once the build is complete. The boys enjoyed more than an hour of imaginative play with the PLAYMOBIL Take Along Police Station and PLAYMOBIL Police Cruiser. They took turn paroling the neighborhood, running the police station and arresting the criminal. It always surprises me how many creative scenarios they can come up with.
PLAYMOBIL toys are a family classic. They have been a household name for as long as I can remember. The good news is that they are now in Walmart. It is great to be able to find our favorite quality sets at a convenient retailer in our town. Keeping with the Walmart tradition you can find PLAYMOBIL at a great price too.