I love toys that encourage my girls to use their imaginations. PLAYMOBIL was a brand I was familiar with but one we had not yet purchased for our girls.
Both my daughters are huge animal lovers so I knew they would love testing out the new Wild Life Care Station from PLAYMOBIL. The set retails for $69.99 but is one of those toys you will have for years. Both my 8-year-old and 5-year-old love playing with it so you could easily get several years worth of play out of one of the large PLAYMOBIL sets if they were given as a birthday or holiday present for a 4 or 5-year-old. I love that the set is very detailed, from the tiny binoculars the figurines can wear around their necks to the bandages for the animals. Because PLAYMOBIL sets are very detailed and contain small parts, please note that they are not suitable for children ages 3 and under.
Since 1974 PLAYMOBIL has been inspiring children to create their own adventures. This is one of those toy sets that your children will sit down and play with for hours and there are no batteries running the toys, just pure brain power. PLAYMOBIL’s imaginative theme sets center around timeless themes that all children love to sit down and wrap their imaginations around, from the zoo to school to pirates and construction.
From the PLAYMOBIL website:
The cornerstone of PLAYMOBIL is the two and three quarter inch figure. The figure has legs that bend, arms that move, and hands that grasp. The figure’s size is perfectly suited for the hand of a child and the pleasant facial expression makes it ideal for any play situation. Since all PLAYMOBIL figures are compatible with PLAYMOBIL play worlds, accessories, and vehicles, it’s not unusual to see a Knight helping with chores on the Farm or a Policeman exploring the ocean in a Submarine.
My only complaint about the Wild Life Care Station was that it came unassembled in the box and it was quite a task for me to put it together since my husband is the usual toy assembler in our household. However the illustrated directions were easy to follow. I would just keep this in mind if you are ordering a large set for a present as you will have impatient and excited kids asking you repeatedly, “Mommy is it ready YET?” It’s quite sturdy, though, and I keep all the small pieces in the box when we don’t have it set up.
It’s not surprising to me that PLAYMOBIL toys have won numerous awards. I think the sign of any great toy, though, is when your child asks for MORE! My oldest daughter has already picked out the Wild Life Watering Hole and the Ranger’s Vehicle with Rhino.