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Being a busy mama of two little ones, I often find myself wondering at the end of each day if I’ve done enough. Did I feed them enough vegetables? Have they gotten outside today? Have I spent enough time trying to teach them to count or learn the ABCs? Did they watch too much TV? Did I play with them enough? The list goes on! With Addilyn turning three, I have most recently found the pressure to enroll her in more schedule related activities such as dance, swimming, preschool etc. I felt so stressed and overwhelmed as I started looking into it all, only to realize that so many parents do this before their kids are even two. Yet here I am with a three-year-old and JUST beginning this process. Then Fisher-Price contacted me to work with them on sharing such an important message – one I as a mama needed so badly to hear! Spreading the word on the value of unscheduled playtime.
Just as I experienced as a child, unscheduled playtime is one of the most key elements of childhood. I remember playing for countless hours with toys at home, and at play days with my friends in the neighborhood. Today, there are so many pressures placed on us as parents to enroll our children in scheduled activities! With outside pressures such as the media and society as a whole, we are all losing sight of the simple fact that kids just need time to be kids. Unscheduled play allows a child to develop their imagination and helps encourage creativity. While kids play and use their imagination and creativity, they are also developing a foundation for their future!
This is where Fisher-Price comes in: they create toys for children that help nurture and grow their developing minds. Their toys help nurture physical, cognitive and social/emotional development in children of all ages! Essentially while your kids are on the floor playing with toys, they are doing so much more than that.
A couple of weeks ago, I had some of my wonderful neighbour friends with their cute kiddies over for a huge play day to share this message. As you can see below, the kids really had a blast with all of the fun Fisher-Price toys, and us mamas had some coffee and good conversation! Trust me though, this is not how all of my play days look… most times they’re last minute (as in I am in sweats and no make-up) and the kids usually end up eating whatever I have on hand in the pantry ha! Thank goodness it is more about the kids getting to play together, and hopefully a little bit of uninterrupted conversation with a friend. You can see more of these wonderful play days under the hashtag #FPPlayDay on Instagram as well!
And there’s more! Fisher-Price wants to help you throw your own Play Day and are offering one lucky reader the chance to win an incredible prize pack, chock full of toys and gear. Valued at $375, this prize pack includes:
Fisher-Price® Woodland Friends SpaceSaver Jumperoo™
Fisher-Price® Kick & Play Piano Gym
Fisher-Price® Baby’s First Blocks
Fisher-Price® Fun Feelings Monster
Fisher-Price® Double Poppin’ Dino
Fisher-Price® Laugh & Learn® Smart Stages™ Puppy and Sis
Fisher-Price® Learn With Me Zebra Walker
Fisher-Price® Laugh & Learn® Smart Stages™ Chair
Fisher-Price® Think & Learn Smart Scan Color Chameleon
To enter, please comment below with your tips on how to incorporate more unstructured play into your routine.
Contest open to Canadian residents only, excluding Quebec.