Galloping into Good Times and Good Spirits
Kids Love the ‘Spirit: Riding Free’ sets from Playmobil and I Love How it Builds Friendships
I am very lucky that usually, my kids love playing together. My younger two are very close (though they do get on each other’s nerves, of course) and often make up “stories” to play. These stories have them blasting through space and exploring the deepest caves. They are in submarines under the ocean and meeting mystical creatures wherever they “go.” So when we got these Playmobil sets featuring the characters, horses, and sets from ‘Spirit: Riding Free’ they took off galloping into fun new adventures together. As a mom, it’s wonderful to see my children building friendships and bonds that will last a lifetime.
Disclaimer: This review was done by team member Emily. She was provided product in exchange for her honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are her own and were not influenced by the developing company and/or its affiliates in any way.
Freedom of Spirit
When kids play with toys and start making up stories, they are using their imagination. Sure, they may incorporate their latest video game ideas and terms, but they are creating a world all their own. My kids might have seen a few episodes of the show these toys are based on, but it was quite a while ago. They both love horses, however, and they jumped right into making their own layouts and giving everyone names and making up their own stories.
The show and these toys both feature a freedom of spirit, and this is reflected in their play. There is nothing better than when my kids ask to pull out the toys and completely ignore the tv. They can keep themselves entertained for hours. They can set up their own paddocks, switch out the horses and have their characters riding off into the sunset.
Teaching Responsibility, Sharing, and Caring
These sets are based upon an animated show and movie, but they don’t skimp on the reality. One set even featured a shovel for the character to pick up the horses poop. My kids were literally shrieking, “IS that POOP!” Yup, it sure is. Because when you have pets, you have to clean up after them. And while they may have spent slightly more time shifting the fake poo into the opposite kid’s play area, they quite quickly picked up on providing water, food, and care for their pretend characters and horses.
There is more than enough in these playsets to go around for both of them and they had no problem trading off what they were playing with. They are normally very good at sharing, but as they’ve gotten older there has been a lot more conflict. It was great to see them passing each other the correct saddle or a hay bale to feed their stallion.
Galloping into Friendship
One of my greatest wishes as a parent is that my kids all love and care for each other. That as they grow up they know they can always rely upon each other and have each other’s backs. The more my kids play together with this set the more optimistic I am. I watch as they both take the lead with new ideas and storylines. When one takes the lead the other plays along. Yet the other is not afraid to speak up and change up the game.
‘Spirit: Riding Free’ teaches kids about strength and friendship and I can see these qualities growing in my kids. It’s wonderful to watch. Even “grown-up” older brother (who is 9) hops into a game just to play along sometimes. I still fear my little princess may be begging me for a real pony for the foreseeable future, but she still enjoys her small horses and playing with her brothers. And I love watching them play together, growing their bonds, playing with the Playmobil ‘Spirit: Riding Free’ playsets they all love.