We were recently sent two very exciting boxes from Playmobil, as part of their Playologist scheme. The baby and the preschooler were delighted to find the Take Along Fire Station set in one of the boxes and we set to work straight away! I decided it would be nice to talk about people who help us and use the play set for our weekly theme, so that’s what we did!
The preschooler already had a few emergency services vehicles, including a Playmobil police car that has been at the centre of much play over the years. Once the little ones had investigated the set fully, I decided to set up the Tuff Spot for them. We used dry shreddies mixed with a few odds and ends of cereal that we had left over in the cupboard. This set the base of our play and was our bumpy earth.
The preschooler helped me to set up the figures and at first he was more than happy to simply play without direction- one of the most wonderful things about Playmobil in my opinion. The figures and the sets never fail to spark his imagination and the attention to detail (even in the sets intended for younger children) is just fantastic. So the preschooler’s imagination was sparked and play had begun! We had:
- Doctors trapped under a landslide
- Fire fighters crashing into mountains
- Vets being buried alive
- Police helicopters called in to rescue a pirate that had got lost on his way to sea
Each scenario that the preschooler came up with had a running dialogue and plenty of expressive narrative with impressive vocabulary.
After a while the preschooler seemed to need a little direction in his play and he started to involve me in his imaginary world a little. As he often does when we play, the preschooler asked to have his Jolly Phonics CD on and soon he was asking me to draw letters in the messy materials for him. Wonderful! Then he had a go at mark making himself, before turning his attention to the Playmobil vehicles.
We spent some time making tracks with the vehicles and talking about different shapes and different sized tracks we could make. We also threw in a little positional work as we talked about moving the vehicles left and right, forwards, backwards, under, over, behind and infront.
We also extended the play with some flour, soap flakes and glitter as our Playmobil figures found themselves caught out in a freak snowstorm!
Ultimately, the preschooler was more than happy to just play independently and this is another great thing about the Playmobil sets. He always seems to immerse himself in imaginary play so well and really needs very little direction from me. As predicted, the firefighter set was a huge hit! The set costs £33.19 and is great for children up to the age of 4. The pieces are chunky and safe to use with water and other sensory materials- we definitely recommend it for lovely imaginative play!
We were sent this Playmobil set to review; all opinions are my own. My next Playmobil Playologist post will focus on the other set we received, which was a Spy Team Command Vehicle aimed at older kids.