Last week Kari received the sweetest Thomas & Friends Trackmaster set from our friends at Mattel and for a fleeting sec I encouraged thoughts of “but she can’t play with that, she’s a girl!” Fortunately, I quickly pulled myself towards myself (and got over myself) because the truth is that my child can play with any toy she wants! After a chat with Ella, I realized that we the parents are to blame for the stigma attached to gendered toys. And the honest truth is that if I want my girl to grow up in a world with endless (non-discriminatory) possibilities, then I probably should stop discriminating against her toys too.
Ella’s boy, Aidan, actually loves playing with dolls (he reviews the Shimmer and Shine doll set on her blog this week). Did you know that playing with dolls encourages role play? And playing with cars and trains help to develop those motor skills and can teach your child about cause and effect. In fact, ensuring that your kid plays with ALL types of toys is really a bonus because children learn through play and each activity hones a different skill.
Anyways, so when my girly girl received the fantastic Thomas & Friends™ TrackMaster™ 2-in-1 Track Builder Set I must admit, I wasn’t sure how she would respond to it. I mean, I know that it’s a fantastic way to stimulate her gross motor skills and foster those imaginative skills but I didn’t know if my girly girl would be as excited about a train (she’s a clothes and dolls kinda gal). But she let out the cutest little “woohoo!” when she saw the Thomas & Friends box! Apparently girly girls loves trains too!
Thomas & Friends™ TrackMaster™ 2-in-1 Track Builder Set
The Track Master 2-in-1 Track Builder Set from Fisher-Price is so legit! I mean, it has a motorized Thomas train and features two distinct journeys – around a flat track and through a tunnel, or over a bridge and around an elevated track.
Kari had the best time piecing the track together. She has a thing for puzzles (and another thing for losing all the puzzle pieces… another story for another blog post). The jointed track can lie flat or lock in an elevated position and the hinged tunnel transforms into a bridge. The best part, no doubt, was when the motorized Thomas tank was switched on. Very, very cool!
You can add this track builder set to your Thomas & Friends Track Master World! Such a great Christmas gift idea! The Thomas & Friends™ TrackMaster™ 2-in-1 Track Builder Set is available at Toys R Us.
We are also so excited about the Thomas the Thank Engine movie, Thomas & Friends: Big World! Big Adventures! The Movie! The thrilling new adventure will see our beloved Thomas leave Sodor for the first time to travel to Africa, South America, USA and China, meeting new friends along the way! The brand new CG-animated movie is set to wow South African audiences on 5 October. For more follow the hashtags #Thomas&FriendsSA #BWBA on social media.
Ella and I are giving away a Thomas & Friends™ TrackMaster™ 2-in-1 Track Builder Set (on my blog) and a Shimmer and Shine doll (on her blog) this week. To enter the Thomas & Friends giveaway, simply follow the Rafflecopter prompts below. To enter the Shimmer and Shine giveaway, check out the post on JustEllaBella for ways to enter.