12.04.2009

PLAYMOBIL

PLAYMOBIL is a wonderful way to give toys that inspire imagination and creativity. I am amazed with their huge selection of options when it comes to fantasy play. Pretty much any dream situation has a playset to match. While I'm drawn toward the Circus sets and the Fairy World, my boys like the adventure sets. The Nautical Expedition line was right up their alley. We got the chance to review the Deep Sea Diving Bell and my son (age 4) was captivated. It can actually be submerged in water and the cabin will stay waterproof. The diving vessel has cool features like a retractor arm, turning fans, lights and air tanks. You even get to lower the vessel with a crank rope (totally my son's favorite feature)! The set also comes with a headgeared decked out ocean diver, ocean foliage, and a golden idol. We fill the sink with water and just let him enjoy. It also makes a fabulous bathtime toy and I have a feeling it will be a big hit at the pool this summer! I love to watch the creative things he says and does as his imagination takes over during play. He is really into spies so the deep sea mission is usually something to do with a four year old's perception of spy duties. Any set from PLAYMOBIL would be a hit with the child on your shopping list. Their catalog is impressive!
  • Wrap it up: I would pick a category and then include several of the coordinating sets to give them the maximum play experience!
  • Age: 4+
  • Price Tag: $7+
  • Where to buy: Online at PLAYMOBIL and ToysRUs also has a great selection
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93 comments:

susan said...

I would use it to recreate our playing time at the real reef. Since it is so realistic my little one would easily be able to recall his own experiences and we can add new words and ideas too as we play!

I'd love the Divers in a Tropical Reef Set.

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Estelle said...

I would use it to teach my son about the different animals in the sea, and would also incorporate other things into my teachings, like picture books, so my son can see all the colors in the ocean, too.

I would choose the Shark Diver set if I won.

cdziuba said...

1)How would you (or do you) use PLAYMOBIL toys to create teaching moments during playtime? 2)Which of the 2 sets would you want to win?

I believe in "kid-powered" toys, and I'd use Playmobil toys to create teaching moments by having my son set up scenarios that the figures/people would be in, and see how he would have them act.

I like the Shark diver set.

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judybrittle said...

My granddaughter wants to be a doctor when she grows up and she uses the Playmobil Hospital to take care of all her little patients. It is teaching her a wonderful bed side manner and to really care about people.
I would love the Divers in a Tropical Reef set. Thank you!

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Jenny Williams said...

1) It's a great way to teach about things in real life, in addition to imaginative play. 2) I'd rather win the coral reef one, but either would be great!

Pam said...

Although I love the reef set, I think my son would love the shark diver set. Playing with toys like this give us the opportunity to discuss what we're seeing, why we're doing certain things (ie., why is the diver in a cage). Also, they stimulate the imagination in that they can be played with in different ways, unlike so many toys.

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MelissaT said...

I love that you can teach kids about different situations in real life through play! I would like the Divers in a Tropical Reef Set because my nephews' father is a diver and they would love this!

The Jaded Mom said...

The expedition set is amazing. Of course this would be put to use for bath tub fun. Anything that children play with that involves direct contact with the toy is going to activate their imagination. These Playmobil toys are perfect.

windycindy said...

We love Playmobil in our home!
The Pyramid and Animal Clinic would be two fun sets to win. It is interesting to talk about how the Pyramids were possibly built and why!
My brother was a Veterinarian and I like teaching about the animals that he worked with. Many thanks, Cindi
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wigget said...

1. we could use the Divers in Tropical Reef set to teach about coral reefs and their habitat
2. i'd like the Divers in Tropical Reef set

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alissa4illustration said...

We use the coffee table as apartments for Playmobil and Little People, people. So...role play is the key with us. We'd like to win the Shark Diver set.

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LyndenMomof2 said...

I would use Playmobil for imagination play. My daughter loves pretend play so she would love to use her imagination to set up scenarios and pretend away.

I would like the Tropical Reef set. It would remind us Hawaii.

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Stephanie said...

would pick Divers in a Tropical Reef Set and use it (like the other sets) to teach my little boy about a whole world in the sea that even though he cannot see it, exists and is alive with life.
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Jen said...

My favorite is the Researcher on Boat and Whale. It would be neat to use as a teaching moment because we don't live near any oceans so it would be neat to show my daughter the different careers you have to choose from.

If I won, I would choose the Shark Diver set.

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The Jacobsen Family! said...

I would choose the Divers in a Tropical Reef set.
Currently I am using a Playmobil Nativity Set to help reinforce to my children the true reason we celebrate Christmas. We are reading the story of Christ's birth a little each day, and setting up the pieces of the nativity scene that were in the portion of the story that day. FUN!
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donnac36 said...

I would use the Researcher on Boat and Whale to recreate our whale watching boat rides and teach about the whales and the ocean. I would like to win that one or the Deep sea Diving Bell. donnac36(at)comcast(dot)net

Lentil said...

I think these toys inspire creative learning play all on their own -- you don't need to do a lot to get your kid's mind going. but you can throw in a few facts or questions along the way, naming the different sea creatures, wondering aloud why the divers need a cage to look at the sharks... I would want the Divers in a tropical reef set.

VickeC said...

I believe that when playing with Playmobil toys it gives children a good way to use their imaginations,an play together,my grandsons love playing with the different Playmobils products an I would love to win the shark diver set,they love the ocean

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Jet'set said...

I would talk about ocean life and role play as well... We'd like the divers in the reef...
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Kathleen W. said...

It sounds a bit grandiose, but I love how the architecture of the Playmobile sets is realistic, like the Yellow Framework house in the Knights collection. I'd hope that it would subliminally teach my son a little about architecture, which I love.

I'd love to win the Tropical Reef set

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Aura said...

I would like the shark diver set since my son likes learning about sharks and other animals. We used the playmobil medical sets a lot for role play when my son was sick. They're so detailed so we were able to explain everything from ambulances to surgery and ICU with help.

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Michelle AKA blabla3269 said...

my son loves sharks so that is my plan

Kimberly L said...

These would be use to inspire my son to create his own adventures.Letting his imagination grow. I would choose the Divers in a tropical reef set

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mogrill said...

My daughter is eyeing the Animal clinic. It is so detailed!! Thanks for the chance.
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bison61 said...

I'd love the Divers in a Tropical Reef Set. I love animals-so it would be easy to use the animal clinic and teach how to take care of ones pets

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debbie koenig said...

The thing I love most about Playmobil is how many different cultures are covered–-that Masai warrior is just amazing. That could really spur some interesting conversations.

I'd love the Divers in a Tropical Reef set.

Snowflake07 said...

Wow. I never knew there were that many to choose from! From a teaching aspect...if you had a child that needed to have their tonsils out, and they were a bit nervous about it, you could get them the Operating Room set (or any of the Hospital sets). Then you could use that playtime to make them more at ease about the situation.
My 2 Favorites are the Expedition Ship (because it reminds me of the Deadliest Catch show) and the Egyptians Pyramid Set (because I'm a geek about anything dealing with Egypt or mummies).

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marybelle said...

I can see endless possiblities to talk about the fragile eco - systems. Children learn especially well when they can visualize. That is where PLAYMOBIL is brilliant.

I would choose Divers in a Tropical Reef Set.

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Michelle said...

we are always trying to teach my nephew new words and get him to string them together into sentences which he's doing really well now. it helps when he has something to look at or hold on to like a toy and then he'll keep saying that word over and over. I like the Divers in a tropical reef set. thanks! : )

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Katrina said...

I use it to teach colors, numbers, sharing and imagination...it is endless

Shark Diver set

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Judy B said...

I'm a scuba diver, so I could teach my little one about that...with the Divers Reef Set

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Jeni said...

I would use it to teach my son about the sea and sharks,i like the shark diver set

Toni said...

Tropical reef because you can start proper naming plants & animals that live in that habitat! :)

Karen said...

I would like to teach my kids more about the ocean.I would like The Divers in a Tropical Reef set

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Kristie said...

I would use the Nativity Manger + Three Wise Kings set to teach my kids the story of Jesus's birth :-)

I would choose the Divers in a Tropical Reef Set.

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Sara said...

I like the tropical reef set! I would use this to help teach my daughter names of fish and ocean life that we have seen when we were on vacation!

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Bebemiqui said...

I actually had Playmobil's when I was a kid and my mom had us set up scenes from our favorite books with them.
I'd like the Shark Diver set!
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Sheila said...

I started buying Playmobil for my son about 37 years ago, when they first arrived in our area. There was nothing like them at the time. I continued to buy the dollhouse, etc. when our daughter came along. Now I buy the sets for my grandsons.
I like Playmobil pieces because they don't need batteries. There aren't flashing graphics or noises. They let the child use his imagination and
take flights of fancy. As a learning tool, we talk to the child about what he is making, or the story he is working out.
Either set would be great.
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Deal Daddy said...

I would use playmobile to teach my son about the animals in the sea. Also about the opportunities in the sea.

I would choose the Divers in a Tropical Reef Set

kendra22 said...

too create real teachable moments in play --awesome for the imagination !!!
the shark diver would be great..thanks for the opp

stepper997 said...

My kids like to play with the Construction sets and we talk about how real-life workers keep the roads in good condition.

My kids would love the Divers in a Tropical Reef Set.

betsy said...

My son's love Playmobile toys. I love seeing how they play and intereact with the toys. My mom and aunts have saved all of their son's Playmobile toys and they have all held up well they actually look like new.

My son's would love the diving bell.

brentandsarah said...

I would teach my boys about the underwater world. They already love sharks and fish, so this would be great for them! I would like the shark one.

Katie said...

I would love to give the Tropical Reef set to my kids! I could use it to teach them about ecology -- the fragility of the reefs and pollution.
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Heather said...

I like the Tropical Reef set. I'd use it with my son to learn about different sea animals and fish. We're going to SeaWorld in May, so it would come in handy in teaching him about sea creatures.

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Linda said...

I would choose the Divers In A Tropical Reef Set, I would teach my little one about the different sea creatures and it would also inspire creative learning play.
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Staci said...

We use the people to mimic social situations. It's a great way to help my son understand how to act in certain situations or what his choices are. We'd love either set, but I think the Shark Diver set looks fun!
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Molomatic said...

These sets are amazing! The other day we were using various toys (including Playmobil) to see which toys floated in water and which sunk! I'd love either of these sets. If I had to pick, I'd go with the diver set!

sweetsue said...

I like the Divers in a Tropical Reef Set. I would use this set to teach about unusual careers.
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Jaime said...

1) I am teaching my girl to do stop motion video with playmobil. I would use it to create a short video clip about researching and saving the coral reef.

2) I'm a scuba diver and would love the Divers in a Tropical Reef Set, but either would be great!

1993wel said...

I like the Divers in a Tropical Reef set, and we can talk about the animals you find in the ocean and what divers do and how air compression tanks work and what oceanographers and others who study sea creatures do, among many other things!

Laura said...

It would be great to combine this with a trip to the nearby maritime center or the seaport. (We live by the shore). This would help continue the education at home. I would prefer the Shark Diver set.

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paula michele said...

We have several Playmobil set. We've been using the policeman set to teach our son that policemen are there to help you and not to be scared of them. I would pick the Shark Diver Set.

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Lori Taube said...

I would use the underwater sets to pretend that we are really diving or researching in the ocean. We would discuss all of the different things and animals that we might see down there!
I would choose "Divers in a Tropical Reef Set."

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Anonymous said...

set up scenerios ty.
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coral reef set ty

amy said...

i would love to teach my children about different animals.thanks
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Anonymous said...

I would definitely want the divers in a troupical reef.

I could use the set to teach my children more about the ocean and its creatures!

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Steph said...

I'd like to get my kids the police station since their daddy is an officer--he could use it to teach them more about his job!

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Maja said...

diver tropical reef one. my son loves everything about the ocean. he learns so much from playing about the animals and sea life. he looooooves playmobil. we have 2 sets and he wants more, but they are pricey, so i hope that i can win it for him for christmas.

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Carolsue said...

I like Divers In A Tropical Reef. We are going to Hawaii with our kids next summer and this would be a great teaching tool for them to learn about some of the underwater inhabitants that they might get to see.
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tatum810 said...

Teaching Moment- Review colors, counting in various ways such as bubbles or seconds. We could also find the different shapes and learning new words with meanings..The possiblitlities are endless.
We would love the Divers in a Tropical Reef Set..
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LadybugMama said...

I would use it as imagineitive play, with the reef set, she could learn about sea life.
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Smart Cents Mom said...

We love playmobil. We have used them to talk about the jobs tha people have and pretend play. I would choose 4462 Penguin Basin and 4468 Dolphin Basin. Thanks!

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dvice said...

I like the Divers in a Tropical Reef Set. I try to teach creativity by developing a story about what we're doing.

Gianna said...

It would teach my kids how to be helpful and work together.
I'd choose the 4264 Police Headquarters & 3136
Police Superset :)

Jinxy and Me said...

I like toys that encourage creativity by giving a setting to make up stories and adventures. I would choose the Divers in a Tropical Reef Set

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