This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PlayWithPlaymobil #CollectiveBias Children learn so much about the world when they are playing. For most children, their imaginations run wild within them. But somewhere along the way, we as parents seem to be in such a rush to have our children in as many extracurricular activities as we can manage, schedule out playdates months in advance and have them grow up before it’s necessary. Why do we do this to ourselves and our children? It benefits no one and only seems to end with tired, cranky kids AND parents. The key for our family is to only allow one activity per week. Playtime is being pushed out of the school systems, so it’s even more important than ever to let kids play and use their own imagination.
*Hover over the image above to shop for PLAYMOBIL at Walmart. This is why PLAYMOBIL toy sets are always a must in our house. My son LOVES pretending he has a job. Since visiting a local museum this summer, he has been talking non-stop about how he wants to be a paleontologist and dig up dinosaur bones for museums. So when I saw that Walmart had the PLAYMOBIL Hidden Temple with T-Rex, I knew I had to buy it for my son. As soon as Carson gets home from school, he heads to his room and pretends he is digging for bones and giving work instructions to the 3 figures that are included in the set. What he seems to like the most about this set is how it captures all the details. Everything from test tubes, computers, binoculars and even tiny boxes to hold all the gear. He can set up a little play digging site and inspect all the treasures he has found.
IMPORTANCE OF IMAGINATIVE PLAY
Emotional & Social Skills – They get to experiment with different roles – such as being a paleontologist and scientist taking care of dinosaurs. They learn how to share and communicate with others.
Problem Solving – They learn to find solutions within the toys themselves and how to create what they need out of materials around the house.
Communication Skills – Notice how they mimic the words and phrases that parents use over and over again. They are putting those phrases into action and how it meets their needs. They learn how to communicate not only with words but by their actions and body language.
Express Feelings – Through imaginative play, children are able to express and understand feelings.
HOW TO SUPPORT IMAGINATIVE PLAY
Place to play – Provide a place in the home for children to play and be messy. Whether it’s a bedroom, a corner of a room or a fort they build in the middle of the living room.
Toys – Take a break from the technology and let them have imaginative play with toys that encourage a fantasy world. Allow them to pretend to be anyone they want.
Play with them – Show an interest in their games. Let them be in charge and determine what the roles will be.
This is definitely a toy set that your child will enjoy and spend countless hours playing. Be sure to check out PLAYMOBIL for more inspiration!