Playtime in my house of three can oftentimes get stressful. My 5-year-old has a very strong and passionate personality, which also means she loves to be in control and dictate what should be played and precisely how it should be done. She’s a master at coming up with creative play ideas and engaging us with them. But she’s also a master at giving orders and jumping to correct whenever you do something “wrong,” which can be anything she didn’t envision in her imagination. This usually results in frustration and her just not wanting us to play with her because we “don’t listen to her” or can’t “do it the right way.”
The same goes for board games and most educational activities. The only games we know are pretty much “safe” are hide-n-seek, sometimes lotería (bingo), and dance-offs. Just now we finally added LEGO Friends — a Target Holiday Top Toy — into our repertoire of stress-free games. We had tried legos before, but they never seemed to grab her attention enough to have her sit still and focus. The LEGO Friends Emma’s Horse Trailer set we got for her totally did the trick as we played together for over an hour in perfect harmony!
My girl was so excited about building Emma’s Horse Trailer and getting to play with Emma and her horse that she didn’t even notice how long it took to put together all the pieces. She sat there with subdued excitement while together we started out by sorting the pieces by color and sizes. Then, I showed her the booklet with detailed and clear instructions on what piece is needed for each step. She helped me find each piece and then I put it together exactly where she told me it needed to go. Since the game is meant for children 6-12 and she’s only 5, I wanted to make sure we did it together so I could help her out in whatever she decided she needed.
Now that we’ve built Emma’s Horse Trailer, my girl’s excited about getting her hands on more LEGO Friends. The ones in the slideshow below are now on her holiday wish list. Of course, I say “bring ’em on” because I will need plenty of engaging activities to keep her busy and entertained over the holidays. I smell a lot of LEGO Friends under our Christmas tree!
LEGO Friends City Park Cafe 1 of 6Available at Target for $29.99
LEGO Friends Olivia’s Treehouse 2 of 6Available at Target for $18.79
LEGO Friends Olivia’s House 3 of 6Available at Target.com for $64.99 (Temporary price cut from $69.99)
LEGO Friends Heartlake Stables 4 of 6Available at Target for $49.99
LEGO Friends Heartlake Dog Show 5 of 6Available at Target for $19.89
LEGO Friends Adventure Camper 6 of 6Available at Target for $29.99
Do you know a deserving family, school, or charity this holiday season? We’re giving away one grand set of 20 toys from Target, including those mentioned in this post! To nominate, simply comment and tell us why you’ve selected them!
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