How many times have you seen kids playing with the box that a toy came in more than the toy itself? Kids naturally have such vivid imaginations when they play, I think it’s so important to not lose that and to encourage it! My boys’ favourite toys have always been trucks, tractors and trains. Braden, who will be 5 in January, gets older the more I notice him playing with his toys and making up his own stories with them.
Systematic research has increasingly demonstrated a series of clear benefits of children’s engagement in pretend games from the ages of about two and one half through ages six or seven. Actual studies have demonstrated cognitive benefits such as increases in language usage including subjunctives, future tenses, and adjectives. – Dr. Scott Kaufman
I am not opposed to toys whatsoever, but toys that encourage imaginative play like Let’s Imagine Elmo are my favourite! My boys received a Let’s Imagine Elmo to play with and they were thrilled. What child (and adult for that matter) doesn’t smile at the sound of Elmo’s famous laugh? Elmo comes with 3 different hats that easily clip onto his head and Elmo becomes Cowboy Elmo, Prince Elmo or Captain Elmo. These are also characters Elmo pretends to be on his show “Elmo The Musical” on Sesame Street. Ever since we got our new Elmo my boys have been so into him! Reading our Elmo books, playing with “Elmo Calls” on the iPad and eating lots and lots of Elmo sandwiches too!
Ethan is almost 2 and his favourite thing to do is tickle Elmo. Braden loves to squeeze Elmo’s nose as he counts to twenty and sing songs with Elmo. I like this Elmo so much because it is very educational by encouraging the kids to play “Elmos says”, teaches them counting and his mouth moves on it’s own so it feels like we have the real Elmo in our house!
How Elmo Works
I created this short video to show you a few of the things Let’s Imagine Elmo can do!
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