Guess what? Your favorite open-ended, eco-friendly toy company, Green Toys, now has two new and totally impressive Playsets! Both the Fire Station and Farm are brand new kid-approved Playsets that come with a building, vehicle, characters, and accessories for kids 2 – 6 years old.
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Play is linked with empathy according to play researcher Stuart Brown. Children learn empathy from direct interaction with others. Brown says, “We’re designed to play throughout our lifetime.”
“Play is the only way the highest intelligence of humankind can unfold.” — Joseph Chilton Pearce
Play with Green Toys Playsets
Kids love to pretend play. That’s what makes the new Fire Station Playset from Green Toys such a fabulous gift for a child. Why? Because the playsets truly will provide hours and hours of imaginative, open-ended, pretend play.
And that’s what’s good for kids! (See the research here.)
As caregivers, we can enrich our children’s play environments, giving kids opportunities to explore the world through play.
Why? Because play is how young children learn. Play develops a child’s brain.
What’s more, play develops a child’s social, emotional, cognitive, and physical skills. Not to mention it develops a child’s ability to self-regulate. (This SO important!)
As you consider providing opportunities for play, know that open-ended toys are best. These are toys that allow a child to use his or her imagination, that can be used for multiple purposes and pretend play scenarios.
The Green Toys Fire Station Playset is an open-ended toy that I recommend. It includes:
fire station building (with doors that open and close)
2 cat characters
stackable bunk beds
Everything in the Fire Station Playset fits back inside the fire station building making storage and travel easy. Plus, the handle on the top means kids can carry it around for playtime in different areas.
But, my tester mostly cared about opening and closing the doors, putting things inside, taking things out, and driving the fire engine around with the cats. Because the accessories rock!
BONUS FEATURES: If you didn’t already know this, you’ll be happy to know that not only are these playsets made in the USA but they’re made from 100% environmentally friendly materials, largely recycled plastic from milk jugs with no BPA, phthalates, nor PVC.
Plus, the toys have no glue, screws, paint, or batteries which means you don’t have to worry, these toys are SUPER SAFE and made with children’s well-being in mind. (Because we all know kids who stick toys in their mouths. With these, it’s no problem if they do.)
Don’t you just love that fire pole? Think of all the fun fire station scenarios your kids can play with this set. Of course, the truck is just the best for driving around your firecats.
Additionally, you might like the new Green Toys Farm Playset because it too gives kids so many ways to play and imagine on the farm. I’m highly recommending both playsets gifts for the holidays or anytime.
This endearing playset includes:
farmer cow characters
My tester LOVED this set — she was giddy with all the play ideas she had for the animals, the truck, and the barn.
Just like the Fire Station Playset, the farm’s barn doors open and close giving kids lots of open and close, stuffing and emptying fine motor practice.
Kids will automatically invent stories using the cow characters, pigs, and sheep . . . where they’re going, what they’re doing, and so on. The truck makes it extra fun because you can easily move the characters around. This kind of play builds communication skills, vocabulary, and self-regulation.
Another cool feature of Green Toys is that they are dishwasher safe! Isn’t that helpful?
As with the Fire Station Playset, all the pieces in the Farm set fit nicely into the barn for easy clean up and storage.
And you’ll probably notice that the top of the barn has a build-in handle, just perfect for little hands.
“Play is the highest form of research.” – Albert Einstein
Doesn’t this look like hours of playful fun?
This open-ended play is how kids learn.
This open-ended toy is the kind of toy kids need.
“Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity.” –Kay Redfield Jamison
(Interestingly enough, I had an electronic toy out at the same time as these and my 3-year old tester could have cared LESS about that toy. I was so happy to see that even in this day of tempting electronics, kids prefer open-ended, 100% kid powered toys like these Green Toys sets!)