As I’m preparing for the upcoming hustle and bustle that the holiday season brings, I’m trying to complete my Christmas shopping by the end of November. I really like to just slow down a little in December and getting the gifts out of the way is a huge help. While I’m not fully opposed to electronics and gadgets, I do put focus on finding gifts that offer simplistic, open ended play. Encouraging imagination means that the kids stay engaged and entertained longer as they can continue creating situations, solving problems, and finding new scenarios to enact. This means hours and hours of self-directed play!
Sending a big thank you to Manhattan Toy Company for sending these great MiO Collection pieces!
The Manhattan Toy Company’s MiO Collection features a variety of high quality wood and cloth pieces and accessories. Their line spreads from an entire house to a bedroom set, eating set, camping set, and outdoor woodlands set to vehicles and a trailer and even additional play people and animals. But the best part is that kids can determine what they want each piece to be!
Getting back to the basics with real natural wood pieces in these sets is a thrill for the kids and myself. The mixture of natural and bright colors is appealing but not overbearing. The blocks stack easily and allow the kids to create a variety of settings and story lines. Each set is interesting, high quality, and well designed to offer hours upon hours of open ended play. Imaginations can run wild!
The dolls and animals all feature hand painted wooden heads atop the bean bag style bodies. Kids are absolutely fascinated with them! Their design is easy to hold, move, and play with. Plus, they sit and lay easily and kids don’t get frustrated with them toppling over the way two-legged designs might.
Overall, I am super impressed with the MiO Collection. Manhattan Toy Company seemed to really put a lot of thought behind the designs and styles. So if you’re looking to get back to the basics of imaginative play, definitely check them out as I think they’d make a wonderful addition under the tree this year!
Buy It: Head over to Manhattan Toy Company to see for yourself the great selection of products for kids of all ages that they offer.
Win It: Manhattan Toy Company is generously offering one of our lucky readers a piece from the MiO Collection! The winner may choose from any in-stock Miis piece or set EXCEPT the $100 Eating/Sleeping/Working. This giveaway is open to the US only and will end November 24th, 2016. For your chance to win, enter the Giveaway Tools below. Good luck!
I’m a city girl turned country by my awesome husband and we have three busy boys and two darling daughters. I love spending time with my family, reading Karen Kingsbury novels, and catching up with friends while our kiddos have play dates. I’m blessed beyond measure and can’t wait to see what God has in store.
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