I've been talking about Christmas shopping a TON, especially in my savings group on Facebook, but I seriously think I'm done this year. IN addition to the normal dolls, board games, and clothes that Emmalee normally gets, I've found myself adding a new category to her toy pile: STEAM! STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics; all integral things for my little girl to be confident in doing.
Emmalee has always loved art but STEM is a new speciality in her school, right alongside music, library, and gym, and since she's started, everything has become a project. We mix food coloring in water to blend colors, we have "water discoveries" to see what sinks and floats, and build towers with obscure objects to see what we can create. I love that it pushes her brain!
Build & Imagine has lots of play sets that encourage kids to think. Each magnetic play set comes with multiple pieces at allows the kid to build and create as they want!
The Draw & Build Dollhouse comes with four dry-erase markers, one character, four dual-sided panels with wipe-off surfaces, four equilateral triangle building panels, a functioning front door, and a microfiber eraser. It is complete freedom for my girl! The first time she used the set she wanted to just stick to solid colors and patterns, but as she grows older, those pieces may become flower shops, post offices, or a grocery store.
The pieces are magnetic so they connect to each other in as many ways as your kid can imagine. Sometimes it's 4 pieces standing next to each other and some times it's a 4 sided home. One of my favorite features is that since they are stand alone pieces, Tyler can be working on one piece while Emma works on the others.
I love that the Draw & Build Dollhouse can stand alone or it can work with the other sets that Build & Imagine has like:
Emma has used it every night since we opened it and even brought it on vacation with us since it was such an easy to pack toy! I think I'm going to buy the Career Dolls next so she can start customizing her Draw & Build pieces to go with some o those amazing careers!
Which play set is first on your list to purchase?