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Why Buy Toys at PlayopolisToys.com?

 

PlayopolisToys aims to save our customers both time and money. We price our toys competitively and offer periodic specials, thus saving you money. The toys at PlayopolisToys appeal to children and invite the open-ended, self-directed play that builds skills. Safe and durable, the toys have proven value.

Our website provides extensive information about the toys we sell and how each supports child development and provides healthy play experiences. Further information on choosing toys and the benefits of play is available through our blog posts. This saves you time when you’re looking for appealing toys for the children in your life. Have questions about a toy? Call 877.579.9300 toll-free or email christina@PlayopolisToys.com. We’re here to help.

We know all children learn differently and offer toys with universal design to maximize sensory awareness as well as gross and fine motor, cognitive, language, and social skills development among children with diverse abilities. These toys also offer distraction and multi-sensory stimulation, particularly beneficial to children with special needs.

PlayopolisToys sells toys that encourage children to play, discover what happens as a result of their actions, and build skills. Finding toys that appeal to the sense of touch is as easy as entering “tactile toys” in the search box. Or pull down the By Type menu and click on Tactile.

Play is essential to the well-being of all children. It’s how they learn. Toys build bridges among differently-abled children. Inclusive play reduces social isolation among children with special needs and increases awareness and acceptance of diverse needs. Whatever your toy needs, PlayopolisToys likely has something to offer.

 

 PlayopolisToys – for the diverse needs of the citizens of play

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Throw Away the Script and Engage the Imagination

PlayopolisToys sells open-ended toys that engage children in self-directed play. Children use their imaginations and create their own play scenarios. They draw on their knowledge and experiences, and this includes books that have been read to them as well as movies and television shows they’ve watched. Although children may incorporate characters and story lines from these experiences, the toys do not dictate their play.

Licensed products, on the other hand, come with an implied script which suggests how the child will play.

Think about how a child plays with a classic wooden rail play set. Starting with the basics the child learns to connect and disconnect individual pieces and lay out track, thus refining fine motor skills and exploring spatial relationships. The train is kid-powered with the child using his imagination to create a scenario. Perhaps the child has ridden a train or visited a train museum. Those experiences inform his play.

As the child gains experience, he’ll likely want to create more complex lay-outs. This enhances problem-solving skills as he moves from visualizing to creating the “perfect” lay-out. He may want to add trains, perhaps different kinds, from the classic steam engine to diesel locomotives and bullet trains. He may want freight trains and passenger trains.

Often children incorporate other toys to bring a whole new dimension to rail play, adding an airport or a harbor where the train takes on freight or a zoo awaiting delivery of new animals. With blocks children can “develop the land” along the tracks, laying out a farm teeming with animals or a city complete with towering skyscrapers. The possibilities are limited only by their imaginations and available materials.

The point is: the classic toy grows with the child and the child with the toy. On the other hand, a licensed rail play set comes with a script that limits the imagination. Who needs to “reinvent the wheel”? The kid knows what’s what about this train and its adventures. He may embellish or otherwise alter the script, but the essence remains a given.

Of course, a child familiar with the stories behind the licensed product may choose to act out some of that character’s adventures with a classic wooden train set. That’s an option, but only one among the many that come into the child’s mind.

Albert Einstein said “imagination is more important than knowledge.” We agree. What do you think? Let us know. We’d be delighted to hear and share your observations on children and the importance of open-ended imaginative play.

PlayopolisToys – for the diverse needs of the citizens of play