With summer vacation and travel approaching, I know there are a lot of parents out there wondering how they can work with their children and teach them valuable lessons that they can use well beyond the season. Sure, there are great books and supplemental courses to help parents make the most of their captive audiences, but if you’re looking for a more hands-on approach, you just might want to turn to the toy box.
Most parents have heard of Playmobil before, and some may even have boxes full of their collection like we do, but it’s not typically hailed as an educational toy. But, while some just see kid’s toys, we see an opportunity to teach children about just about anything you can dream up. Because the Playmobil collection is so varied and can be used in so many ways, I think you will be surprised by all the educational properties you can make use of to teach your kids about their world. From outer space all the way to under the sea, there truly is a Playmobil set for everything.
What has always drawn us to Playmobil is the level of detail that is put into every set. Rather than just doing the bare minimum to depict whichever theme they are representing, the people at Playmobil really get into everything they do. Not only does this make the sets infinitely more fun to play with by giving you so many levels of play, it also is a key detail in making them educational. With a huge variety of Playmobil sets to choose from and the ability to mix and match to create whatever you’d like, there are thousands of opportunities for learning while you play for both you and your children.
Their newest collection, the African Wild Life series, is a prime example of a great way to keep the kids entertained this summer, as well as teaching them about the animals and life in Africa. Since our daughter made a brief trip to Africa with us last year, this series has a special meaning for us and a great way that we can continue to teach her about the places she’s been that she may not remember when she’s older.
By playing with the toys with her and telling her about what we saw and did during our trip, it really brings life to the stories of our time there and helps her understand the huge differences in the places we visited. As she gets older, we can use the set for more advanced lessons and really teach her about the people and places she was too young to explore. Hopefully, this helps her appreciate the traveling she did when she was young and will give her the same love of travel her father and I share.
To start us off on our African Wild Life collection, we received the Wild Life Care Station (Item # 4826) to review and we absolutely love the detail in the building and animals. The Wild Life Care Station includes the two-story Oambati Station and an assortment of African Wild Life animals to nurse back to health with the help of two Oambati employees who manage the Station. With bandages, food, and all sorts of accessories to help care for their charges, the Oambati Station is equipped to care for rhinos, giraffes, cheetahs and more that need care before they can be released back into the wild.
Because she is a bit on the younger side, I thought our daughter would mostly be interested in the animals that came with the set, but was really surprised by how much she loved setting up the Oambati building and fencing with me to house all the animals. Since this was the first time she has played with Playmobil before, I was really excited by how much she really got into everything we were doing and was involved in the whole process. As we went through the directions together, she was really happy to hand me the next piece we needed and to get the Playmobil tools to help put the building together. Then, once the set was completely put together, we had a great time caring for all the exotic animals and putting the monkey to sleep on the bed when the Oambati employees weren't looking.
After seeing how well she did playing right beside me, I will definitely be looking into getting her more Playmobil pieces in the near future. Not only was it a great way to spend the afternoon building and playing, now we have a great way to teach her about caring for animals. It’s this unique combination of toy and learning tool that makes Playmobil so adaptable and makes it truly fun for both parent and child and why I wouldn’t mind having two toy boxes full of Playmobil to play and learn with.
A huge thank you to Playmobil for introducing our familyr to one of the coolest toys ever. All opinions are 100% ours and no monetary compensation was received for this Rave Review.