Monday, April 5, 2010

Playmobil FarmMaybe this post should be titled, Toys mama is really playing with. I love Playmobil and energetically supported my husband thoughts on “standardizing” our toy collections around Playmobil rather than buying all kinds of plastic sets. We didn’t go wild on Playmobil 123, but now Anna’s collection of “real Playmobil” is growing with each visit from German grandparents and other gifting occasions. On her 3rd birthday she got a Playmobil farm, but she was too young to play with it then – she didn’t have finger strength to manipulate small objects. Now grandparents brought a tractor extension and German Easter bunny hopped over with a set of donkeys.

Apr1_PlaymobilWhat I love about Playmobil is storytelling possibilities. We usually start a game by me randomly pulling a couple of objects of Anna’s Playmobil box and starting a story. Then I just sit back and watch how Anna’s imagination takes flight. It’s also interesting what she suddenly remembers when she plays with her Playmobil. One of her sets was Three Wise Men that she received for Christmas from her uncle and aunt. Suddenly she was able to name all the gifts (even though she kept saying that incense is a spicy tea) and she picked one of her Playmobil children figures to be baby Jesus. According to her story baby Jesus lived in England and grew up to be a king.

Playmobil Doctor Another thing that I like about Playmobil is that there seems to be a set for anything. Jenny at Our Nifty Notebook has shared a link in her Links I Love series that is titled The 17 Least Appropriate Playmobil Sets. This gave me a good chuckle but still confirms my theory that there is a set for anything. Since Anna is so much into all things doctor, I got her this Playmobil Easter Egg with a pediatrician, a patient and a growth chart. She played with it on and off all day yesterday – her Playmobil population was suddenly down with all kind of illnesses. I am quietly salivating over that inappropriate surgery set next :)

14 comments:

MamaGames said...

We love Playmobil here too - for the same reason, that the intermixing of the characters is so fantastic for opening up interesting stories. GoGoGirl is about the same age as Anna, if I recall correctly (GoGoGirl was 3 in November), and was just given her first two sets of her Very Own instead of always playing with her brother and his sets. I also adore them and love the great variety. :)

Ticia said...

We've got the inappropriate vet's surgery one. I actually laughed at some of their ideas of what was inappropriate. And then made note of more sets to buy.
Not too surprisingly most of our Playmobil are knights and pirates. Princess gravitates toward any set that has animals in it.

Debbie said...

I've never heard of Playmobil Sets before now. Thank you for sharing I will have to look more into them.

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

We don't have Playmobil sets, but one of Emily's good friends does and it is ALWAYS a hit with the kids! They can spend HOURS playing in their own little world. Great post!

Adriana said...

That link to the inappropriate Playmobil toys about had me in tears for laughing to hard. I had #17 the construction set. It is still actually at my mom's house. I have never bought any of the sets for the boys but I will definitely check them out. I will have the McLinkey up on Thursday.

Kim said...

Crumpet just received the pirate set from a friend and it is fantastic. It will make a great travel toy. I always loved these sets as a child too. And the inappropriate sets? Fanstastic. I sent that link to everyone I know!

Joyful Learner said...

Never heard of them before now! How funny! I wonder if my husband will like the construction set for his birthday?

Christy said...

My kids love Playmobil more than I do. Collin got the pyramid for Christmas. Reagan has a princess set. I only wish they didn't have so many pieces!

The girl who painted trees said...

I played so much with Playmobil as a kid. I'm having my parents bring me all my sets when they come visit next. I hope Bear loves them as much as I did. Most of my sets revolve around horses since I was crazy into horses as a kid:)

Pathfinder Mom said...

I have a love/hate relationship with Playmobil. They were suggested to us about a year ago to help Tornado Boy better develop his fine motor skills. We have the farm and a couple of pirate sets. I really hate all of the little pieces. Tornado Boy never plays with them for all that long and they are a pain to store and set-up. I have a friend that uses a train table and just keeps them out all the time, but we really don't have a place to do that. I'd love to hear how people store them.

legendswife said...

I've never seen this before. Thanks for sharing! I'll definitely have to go and take a look-see:)

God Bless

MaryAnne said...

I remember several of my friends had these sets when I was a kid, but my parents only allowed legos. I could see playmobil toys getting out of hand in a household of 10 children. My mother has two enormous bins of legos to this day (we brought back two very small bins' worth when we visited in December). I could definitely see Emma getting into playmobil people, though...

Karen said...

Lovely farm!@!! so beautiful..., love the sunflowers!!! I would love to play with that farm!!!lol

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