We’ve had an exceptionally busy week at home preparing for Asher’s 2nd birthday party and our mini vacation in Door County, Wi. The week has been filled with lots of birthday crafting (in between loads of laundry), which has been really fun but also a bit difficult with a crazy 2 year old running around. Thankfully, we have lots of toys to help keep Ash busy while I’m nearby working. He loves to play with toys where he is using his imagination—setting up little scenes and then acting them out with his figurines (or trains!). I typically help with the set-up by staging some scenes and sparking a few ideas. Then I let him take over. I love checking back in to see what he’s come up with!
As far as imaginative play toys go, Asher is in love with his dollhouses (he has 3 plus a farm), but lately he has been really into his train set. We have the Melissa & Doug basic train set and table. We outfitted it with the accompanying raised bridges and a working Signal Station from the Thomas the Train line. Instead of just pulling the trains around the track, Asher likes to have them doing something, so we added various stations for the trains to stop at in order to do things like pick-up logs or animals or get fuel. We just used Duplos and a few plastic farm animals to get the job done.
Additionally, you’ll see that a portion of his train table is covered with a Lego plate. Well, it’s actually a double-sided plate from Nilo—one side is Duplo compatible and the other is Lego compatible. We purchased the plate from Building Blocks Toy Store and we are currently using the Duplo compatible side. I love that Asher’s train table is multi-purpose and he loves bringing his trains to visit his Duplo creations—not to mention a non-slippery base to build on.
What are your child’s favorite toys for imaginative play?