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Hello December! Are your kids counting down the days until Christmas? My little guy is so excited for Santa to visit he can hardly wait. Every day he asks “how many more days until Christmas?”

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Last weekend grandma and grandpa took the kids for a few hours so we could get some of our shopping done. We headed to Walmart to knock out most of our Christmas list. Brady has been working on his wish list since before Thanksgiving. Five is such a fun age for boys! We haven’t entered the world of video games yet so he’s really into imagination and hands-on play.PLAYMOBIL Hidden Temple with T-Rex

He loves play sets and the PLAYMOBIL Hidden Temple with T-Rex is at the top of his wish list. Dinosaurs are the coolest thing to him so when he saw all the fun characters and pieces in this set his eyes lit up.

PLAYMOBIL Hidden Temple with T-Rex

I love that Playmobil toys are high quality and full of detail. They showcase real, authentic play patterns and are made for endless fun and possibilities. It’s exciting to watch his little mind create scenarios and pretend play with Playmobil characters and structures. He gives them names and create tasks for his adventurous friends to accomplish.

PLAYMOBIL Hidden Temple with T-RexAnother key feature I love about PLAYMOBIL play sets is that they help develop both cognitive and social/emotional skills. Children work on fine motor skills and creative play while engaging and interacting with others. It’s an activity that keeps them entertained whether they are playing alone or with friends. And it’s a wonderful activity for spending some quality, device free family time together.

PLAYMOBIL Hidden Temple with T-Rex

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PLAYMOBIL Hidden Temple with T-Rex

PLAYMOBIL Hidden Temple with T-Rex

Ways to Encourage Imagination with Play 

  • Let them play alone. Playing alone gives children the opportunity to explore and imagine. Give your child space to brainstorm his own ideas for having fun.
  • Give them toys that allow them to pretend play. When you give your child toys that don’t need plugs or batteries they have to use their imagination to fuel the storyline. Give them toys that will give them to chance to create their own adventures. Playskool playsets are wonderful for providing a fun way to pretend play.
  • Schedule time daily for imaginative play. Life gets busy. It’s important to allow kids space in their everyday schedule for free play. Playing outdoors or inside, alone or with friends, it’s all important. Make sure to schedule time for your child to play everyday.
  • Guide them with creative role play scenarios.  Sometimes all it takes is a little spark to get your child’s imagination going. Give them ideas for how they engage in imaginative play.
  • Set-up themed play dates with friends. Kids love playing with each other, especially when there’s a fun theme to play along with. Host a superhero Saturday afternoon and let them create their own masks and capes. Or an after-school art party for your little artists to create something special.