My boys love their computer and video games! Although I believe its important for them to become familiar with these items as technology does and will continue to play a huge role in their lives in the future, I don’t like the idea of them playing them all the time. When I was little, computers were just starting to gain popularity. Instead of sitting in front of a TV or computer screen, we made up games, created plays and played house. Our imagination took us to far off worlds, led us on daring adventures and created endless hours of play. I have some amazing memories of the adventures my sisters and I created in our basement playroom and I want my children to have the same.
One way I love spark imagination in our house is with PLAYMOBIL. PLAYMOBIL was originally created in 1974 by Hans Beck. Since then the PLAYMOBIL collection has expanded to include 2.6 billion individual smiling characters and 30 different play theme. This product is so loved that it is distributed in more then 80 countries worldwide.
PLAYMOBIL was designed to stimulate imagination and creativity to enhance child development. They are designed in such a way that a child can slip into an imaginary role (i.e. as a princess or a pirate) or reenact daily experience in their house or on the farm.
My children were introduced to the world of PLAYMOBIL a few Christmases ago, when their cousins bought them their first PLAYMOBIL set. It was love at first site. Although, I didn’t like having tons of microscopic pieces lying around my house with a new baby crawling around, the fun and excitement expressed from my boys was priceless. Since then my boys have acquired over a dozen PLAYMOBIL play sets and at least 100 smiling men.
Recently, PLAYMOBIL has combined their amazing play sets with fun adventure games! My boys were ecstatic to have the opportunity to review The Mystery of Adventure Treasure Island. The game comes with a classic PLAYMOBIL Island playset, three pirates, a skeleton and all the essential tools required to bring a deserted island to life! With 5 difficulty levels to choose from, you need to navigate your pirate characters through the dangers of the island (swamps, hidden staircases, falling rocks,etc.) to locate the coins needed to solve the fire code puzzle. With cool lights and sound effects, hidden trap doors and dangerous wild life, your mission is a non stop adventure!
The game took us half an hour to set up and required 4 AAA batteries that were not included. The instructions were clear and concise but required some adult assistance to put together. Once together, the boys spent hours upon our creating new adventures for their pirates to go on. The game provided a jumping point to allow their imaginations to soar. The lights and sound effects really added to the experience and the boys loved discovering the trap doors and hidden stair cases. This is one addition to our collection that I can see being played with over and over again!
Disclosure: I was provided with one or more of the above items for review purposes. All the opinions and thoughts expressed are my own.