Anyone who has met our family has probably noticed that we are huge proponents of active play. Our little boys run around like little whirling dervishes, around and over and under.
They're currently obsessed with monster trucks and vehicles, which oddly doesn't lend well to active play. I've looked at a ton of toys with this theme: ride-ons, video games, remote-control items. Those all have their place, but I tend to gravitate towards things that they can manipulate with their hands. Stuff that encourages them to get up, actively move and pretend play. Miniatures, stuffed animals, components for building and piecing together!
We're still working with Nickelodeon on their Blaze and the Monster Machines show, and I have been SO thrilled by the toys that they offer to help kids incorporate their favorite characters into active play.
Our neighbor kids are teenagers, and they actually have dirt bikes and ATVs that they ride up and down our backcountry hills! The boys chase the big boys along the outside of our fence, yelling, “Blaze! It's Blaze!” I love the enthusiasm, but there is no way I'm sticking my little ones on a self-controlled motor-driven vehicle anytime soon. Thankfully, Nickelodeon's toy options give me plenty of ways to keep them active and engaged in their passions.
On our own front patio, the kids crawl around and think through how to put together the Blaze and the Monster Machines Monster Dome Playset. Then, they launch their little monster trucks through the “ring of fire” as we discuss concepts such as speed and acceleration.
Some Boy has claimed Super Stunts Blaze for himself, chasing it around and mimicking the wheely stunts all around our driveway. I have a pretty good idea what kind of toys are going on his Christmas list from Target and other major retailers. It’s going to be a Blaze-themed holiday around here!
Have you tried translating your kids' favorite TV shows or characters into an active play activity?