Let Their Imagination Run Wild #PlayAdvocate + Giveaway

Let Their Imagination Run Wild #PlayAdvocate + Giveaway

Examples of Imaginative Play

This morning I was reading a book to little O and the characters in the story were using their full imagination. They were pirates and their ship was the picnic table, they made a sail out of a stick and some clothes and an anchor out of more sticks. It looked rather fun and a great way to spend an afternoon. Little O said to me “Mommy I am going to do that with my best bro!”

This winter the kids opened their imagination up and instead of mud pies as they would serve up in the summer months, they served up snow pie from their very own bakery. Our kids spend hours outside mixing in twigs and cedar leaves into their pies. They were so happy and it is one memory I have today looking back on our long cold winter that warms my heart.

As a child I remember spending hours upon hours playing school with my sister and our neighbours. We spent hours using our imaginations playing school, hairdresser or just like my children do today making mud pies to serve up to mom and dad.

Imagination is Important

I read a book a while back called “The Dolphin Way” the author Shimi K. Kang, M.D spoke about a very popular building kit that kids play with today. It comes with a book or two of instructions and every piece is placed in the proper way to make scenery. We have a few of these kits in my house and I will be honest here, they require parents help and they rob the child of using their own creativity and opening up their imagination during play. After reading her book and her point of view I felt the need to toss aside the instruction books and let my child be the creator of how the scenery will piece together. And since reading The Dolphin Way I have set aside my inner tiger and let my children’s creativity and imagination take over.

” Imagination opens up the child’s mind to think out of the box! Invite imagination play by having a tickle trunk available for the kids to try on costumes. During imaginative play kids use word phrases they they typically wouldn’t use. Children love to act like a cat or bark like a dog during imaginative play and this is the type of play that will broaden creativity and help with their self-esteem.” 

An Iconic Favorite

Little People® Animal Friends Farm has been around since 1978 and is an iconic toy that many generations have played with. I wrote a review of Little People® Animal Friends Farm and how much I love how it opens up imagination play for the child. With an age suggestion of 1-5 this opens up possibilities for siblings and cousins to explore and play together. Our little nephew who is two had just as much fun playing and exploring with the Little People Animal Friends Farm as our almost four year old.

2015 Little People® Animal Friends Farm

The Little People® Animal Friends Farm is filled with animals and farm fun, giving your little one the chance to learn as they play. By opening the barn door or the gate, you hear animal sounds and a fun farm tune to help teach animal sounds. Little ones can help Farmer Eddie™ place the animals in their stalls by matching them to their pictures, learning matching and sorting skills. Little O enjoys dropping the hay bale and animals through the silo.


World of Savings in April!

Fisher-Price® is helping children explore more by launching Little People® World of Savings in April! Coupons are available at Walmart and Toys“R”Us. At Toys“R”Us, coupons are available in aisle for $5 off Farm & Home, $10 off any purchase of $55 or more, and $15 off any purchase of $75 or more.


Fisher Price is generous!

Two In R Dream readers will both win a Little People® Animal Friends Farm, valued at $39.99. Canada only (excludes Quebec) ends 04/27 EST. Please note: we cannot guarantee your prize will be similar to the one that was reviewed. Winner depends on the amount of entries received. You have 24 hours to claim your prize before another winner will be randomly drawn. Good luck!

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Disclosure: I am a Play Advocate. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to Mattel events and opportunities. The opinions on this blog are my own.

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110 thoughts on “Let Their Imagination Run Wild #PlayAdvocate + Giveaway”

  • I remember my kids, like most other kids, using blankets, chairs and a table to make a tent/hideaway. They’d even make a camp fire and cook up food and eat it – great fun watching all of this.

  • To encourage imagination, provide them with simple things, crayons, paper, cardboard, dress up clothes, then stand back and watch the fun

  • One way we take a break from screens is we play live action video games! LOL, the kids take off all the cushions and sofa pillows, they are put into a complicated pattern on the floor. The object is to jump from cushion to cushion to avoid whatever we imagine is underneath, water, hot lava. Usually I play some form of monster, trying to prevent them from reaching the hallway. Sometimes I am a beautiful princess trapped in the tower and they have to rescue me. The neighbours must think we are crazy, jumping all over the house.

    I think the main thing to encourage your kids to use their imaginations is to let them see you using yours! I try and play with them as much as I can.

    • Cassandra what a fantastic way to your your imagination! That is the first time I have ever heard of that idea. Brilliant! I maybe giving this one a try! Thanks!

  • I played with my My Little Pony dolls for hours as a kid! Loved them. Still have them. Looking forward to passing them down to my DD. #retrotoys

  • Tea parties with dolls is something that also sticks in my head. I think every child does that and most parents get involved too. 🙂

  • Imagination is the best gift to encourage in children.With 6 children and now 13 grandchildren we love to play imaginative play,fisher price toys are great to help with this or whatever you have whether it be a margarine container as a hat for conducting while playing trains let the imagination run wild !

  • I spent a lot of time when I was little playing house and Barbie dolls – I definitely used my imagination a lot!

  • When I was little my mum used to save all kinds of scraps (fabric/buttons/ribbon/you name it) in a box and we would create whatever we could out of it. Some pretty awesome things that I still have to this day came out of that! So much fun! (:

  • It was great fun watching my children playing with the farm, amazing how they let their imagination run away with them. Wonderful memories 🙂

  • I used to cut up the magazines to make a house full of people and items. It was like a doll house made of paper. Spent hours on my bedroom floor changing the decor.

  • I let my daughter have fun and see her have the enjoyment out of her imagination. its so cute to see her place house

  • I believe that all kids have a good imagination and they don’t need many toys to display it either, simply going into the backyard is often enough where they then play at being a super hero or something entirely different. It’s amazing to watch. 🙂

  • Encourage it by having lots of toys around that require it & turn off the electronics. Playing with them is also a good way to encourage it!

  • I encourage imagination, by having a dress up box, lots of craft supplies including empty cardboard boxes, they make great vehicles

  • My children were always fascinated by Fisher Price toys and often played for hours ‘on the farm’ with the animals and little people. 🙂

  • My grandchildren have started writing plays (7 & 4 1/2 yrs) and then acting them in front of the family as an audience – hilarious 🙂

  • I encourage my kids to bring in all their imagination they can and they sure do superman in a woman’s outfit lol

  • I remembered when I was a child, once I used my mom’s flour to pretend that it’s snowing (in the summer time), I thought that it was really fun but when my mom found out … it’s not that fun anymore

  • My little guy is 6 months old and I love getting down on the floor with him and interacting hands on. We love singing and dancing around the house. We enjoy the outdoors (when the weather co-operates) and playing in the park. Anything and everything I can do to encourage playtime and imagination! Thank-you for a great share and giveaway 🙂

  • Give a child simple things like cardboard boxes and he’ll build a fortress, or head-gear. Children have great imagination and Fisher Price toys help to encourage this too.

  • I remembered I use a big piece of cloth and a gift basket and put it in the kitchen floor and pretend that I had a pinic when I was a kid

  • I remember my oldest playing for hours in the sandpit with Fisher Price toys. He had a lot of fun playing at being a builder. 🙂

  • We bought a TV and had a very big carton box. So both of my kids along with their dad used it to make a house and a car in a way that my kids wanted and then my kids put drawing on them.

  • I remember dressing up in my cousins clothes and playing with her makeup, (she wasn’t happy I was at her makeup)

  • I always looked for toys that would encourage imagination, Fisher Price fulfils this criteria easily. 🙂

  • me and my friend when we were young used to have lots of fun in the summer, since we lived in the country, we always had imaginary play, almost something like that move Bridge to Terabithia!!

  • When we go out, we always have a pad of paper with us. In the restaurants, while waiting for food, I encourage my kids to draw a story out and then they can tell me a story either on our way home or before bedtime. This way, they can draw whatever they want and create their my own story

  • We’ve been listening to stories lately (audio books) and I hear my children acting them out. It’s wonderful.

  • We had a ton of the red plastic building bricks with window and doors. I would built what I would call my dream home.

  • I always looked for toys that would encourage imagination, Fisher Price fulfils this easily. Children can play with these toys for hours on end, using their imagination and skills to develop new scenarios all the time. Never a dull moment with Fisher Price in the house 🙂

  • I remember spending hours playing house when I was a child and looking after all my kids (Cabbage Patch Dolls).

  • I remember really enjoying playing dress-Up. I would spend most of my time at preschool doing it and I also loved dressing up in my mom’s clothes at home. My friends and I would have lots of fun.

  • To encourage imagination have lots of toys around that encourage it and limited the amount of tech time they get.

  • My oldest son had the farm, the schoolhouse, the western town, the garage, and would spend hours setting them up and playing. What an imagination he had!

  • When my children were small they used to play a lot with Fisher Price and would spend hours playing with the farm or the garage, imagining scenarios and acting them out. They also loved dressing up and being knights, superman or some other hero. I also liked going to museums, science museums etc where there were hands-on things to do, that encourages imagination too. I loved hearing ‘what if’.

  • When I was young, my mother would clothespin blankets to the clothesline to create a ‘tent’ and we’d pretend we were camping. My sister could make excellent bear noises!

  • I encourage imagination by giving them paper, colour pencils, empty juice box or other recycle materials we found at home to create crafts or basically anything they can think of

  • Me and my girls had so much fun playing with the little people when they were just little girls, they had the house and when I was small I had the schoolhouse and the bus, lots of fun playtime, and now I can’t wait to play with my granddaughters she is going to have fun with the little people as well!!

  • I remember playing house with my cousins or we would all pretend to be animals and we never had any toys when we were playing these games. You just dont see that anymore.

  • I encourage the boys to be creative with their play. They have lots of books, lots of opportunities to draw/colour/create and of course we have a huge selection of creative play toys such as building blocks, cars, and little people toys.

  • I remember getting together with all my cousins and we would put on “talent shows” for all the adults… and charge 25 cents lol. we had a blast and always so imaginative 🙂

  • I try to encourage them imaginative play. For example, when they are taking a bath, we may pretend that they are in the rainforest with the water pouring down and then go from there. I love seeing their creative sides grow.

  • WE love role playing in our home. We dress up and take on a role, kids and parents. I love role playing and acting out a story with them.

  • Unplug! Having limited screen time and encouraging time in room with toys and crafts and playing outside now that the weather is nicer

  • First time mom here to 14 month old little boy. He is not quite imaginative yet. It’s great seeing him explore things though

  • Lots of play with different toys when we are at home, different places (parks, play groups) when we are out, and interacting with different kids!

  • i love to play with my daughter but i also encourage my daughter to play on her own where she is able to bring her imagination to life. it is fun to watch her explore

  • A memory of imaginative play that really stands out to me is when my oldest son was a toddler, he was obsessed with Blue’s Clues. He wanted to watch it 24 hours a day but I limited his TV time. When he wasn’t allowed to watch, he would act it out himself with a chair, a notebook, a stuffed Blue, and an old alarm clock. Sometimes he’d even get our salt and pepper shakers in on the action!

  • i encourage imagination by lots of imaginative toys fisher price toys are great for that he loves his car garage it encourages lots of imaginative play

  • I encourage my childrens imagination by reading stories to them and singing songs. Then, when they go to play, we act out what we read or listened to. But they’re pretty good at coming up with things themselves 🙂

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