When it comes to imaginative play, you will often find my son amidst a sea of toy cars and building blocks. In fact, he has so many cars you could probably fill his bedroom with them from floor to ceiling. Okay, I'm exaggerating. But you get the picture. For the most part, he loves building roads and creating passageways for his vehicles which range in size from super mini to extra large. The largest in his collection is an accurate functional model of a recycling truck that he sometimes rides on, even though it wasn't built as a ride-on. His fascination with automobiles and all things on wheels was quite obvious in his toddler years and it seems to continue to grow over the years. Watching garbage collectors pick up our compost, yard waste and recycling just reinforces his excitement for public service vehicles, but it doesn't stop there. He loves playing with school buses, police cars, constructions vehicles, fire trucks and motorcycles, too. When asked what he wants to be when he grows up, though, he mentioned being a garbage collector among other options. Not a police officer or a fire fighter. But that's okay because garbage collectors are cool community helpers, too! It still doesn't stop him from playing the role of these and other important workers in our community.
Recently, my son added to his collection the Ed Venture Imaginext Rescue City Centre by Fisher-Price. Included in the set is a neat little fire truck that launches bursts of 'water' to help combat fires. With "ActionTech" Technology, the playset can magically communicate with the fire truck and allows imaginative play to seem even more real. My son loves to save the day with his newest buddy Ed Venture, which is also included in the set, while also saving the city from the bad guy (also included) by locking him in the jail cell.
Even his older sister joined in the fun to help save the day!
If you've been watching YTV, you or your child will likely have learned about the new Imaginext site and the Imagiext contest. Contestants will be able to play an online game and unlock the next phase of the game by solving clues. Once the nine clues are solved and the game is won, they will be entered to win 1 of 5 $300 Imaginext prize packs:
- Each prize pack will include:
Be sure to check out the site today. It is sure to inspire and empower kids through imaginative play that helps them build confidence, solve problems and discover who they are! Contest ends on December 13, 2013. Good luck on your #ImaginextAdventures!
Disclosure: I am part of the Fisher-Price Imaginext Blogger Campaign with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.