One of the best things about being a mom is your chance to reread your favorite childhood books and play with toys both old and new. But, one of the best things about being a mom blogger is getting to go the Toy Fair! Last week the Toy Fair hit New York at the Javits Center and I dropped off my daughters at The Westminster Dog Show with their grandmother (knew those pet allergies would come in handy) and headed to the fair to decide my own Best in Show. First stops, Playmobile and Madame Alexander.
Certain companies evoke the kid in me like no other and Playmobile is one of them. I had the big fort/camping set when I was little. I am endlessly fascinated by incredible attention to detail that Playmobile executes in all their toys, the quality of the pieces that can be handed down over and over again, and way in which their toys facilitate imaginative play. What caught my eye at the fair was their new school. First of all it has such a pleasing, colorful, happy feel. This is the school your kids wish they attended. The details abound – a skeleton figure and microscope in the science lab, a working abacus on top of the real chalkboard for doing math, a little child bathroom and a Principal’s desk with a coffee pot. Details, always about the details. I immediately wanted to pick up the pieces and start playing. It’s also fully fashioned all the way around like all Playmobile toys so that you could really get a bunch of kids playing with this at once – something I’m always looking at as a mom of twins.
One of my other favorite things about Playmobile is how their attention to the little things makes them great teaching tools too.