As I mentioned before, we mostly “standardize” on Playmobil play sets in the house. Since this is a German product, we usually get small sets from Anna’s German side of the family for Christmas and her birthday. Last year she got this Three Wise Men set from her uncle and aunt. This year we reassembled what was left from their clothes and accessories (those small parts do tend to get lost!) and added other Playmobil figures to reenact Nativity story. We borrowed a stable from our Playmobil Farm, there is a baby in a Lego crib, and Anna insisted on having a Lego path towards the stable that represents the journey to Bethlehem. Joseph came from a chimney sweeper set, and donkey is also from yet another small set. Anna also assembled quite a team of shepherds and shepherd children, but they never really made it into her story line. The story line was mostly about a journey to Bethlehem and was heavily influenced by Christmas Donkey book that she really liked. She was quite disappointed that Playmobil Mary (who happens to wear a farmer outfit) couldn’t ride on the donkey. I kept pointing out to her that Mary can ride on Playmobil horse (originally the horse came with the knight), but Anna insisted firmly that it has to be donkey. She also loved putting small Playmobil pieces into treasure chests of three wise men – this explains somewhat how small pieces “magically” disappear over time – we probably have a stash of tiny Playmobil accessories somewhere as “a salad” or “spices” – I just wish I knew where.
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