Maybe 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.
What 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.
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 :)