There are a gazillion toys out there in the market. It ranges from popular character themed toys to toys that move, make sounds, emit light. There are lots of fancy toys. Musical toys. Remote control toys. Trains. Trucks. Cars. Dolls. And I can go on and on. We all spend massive amounts of money on all these toys. But have you ever thought of investing in play based learning toys that encourage creative play?
Why Creative Play?
Creative Play allows kids to explore materials through hands-on learning and experimentation. Kids are encouraged to create things from their own imaginations. There are no rules and no structure when a child is engaged in creative play. And as such, it lets kids express themselves freely. But more importantly, it allows kids to be creative. It trains their young minds to think and solve outside the box.
I kept reading about the benefits of creative play for children from the time my kids were just babies. And because of that, I was continuously on the look out for toys that encourage creative play. These toys are usually open ended. This means that there is not just one way of using them. It may be used to create a structure, then it can be broken down to create something totally new. It can have a set of instructions. But it’s also a whole lot of fun without its instructions.
Open ended toys inspire kids to be creative. It encourages kids to make, create, manipulate and experiment. One toy caught my attention last year, because it fit the bill: Bunchems!
Creative Play with Bunchems
When we received a Bunchems Mega Pack, the kids were instantly excited to open the box and start creating. The pack came with 370 Bunchems and accessories.
How does it work? Bunchems pieces are simply squished together or lightly pressed onto each other. And it seems to just magically stick. The best part about this feature is that it creates absolutely no spills, no stickiness from glue. So Absolutely NO MESS. Now isn’t this alone a big plus for parents?
Another big plus is that the furry ‘burr’ like plastic spheres connect and stick to each other so easily. It can be connected by very young toddlers.
Here is my 4-year-old concentrating on creating her version of a fairy princess. She started with creating a head to put the crown accessory on. Then she decided to create a body, so that she can connect fairy wings and a heart.
My 4-year-old wasn’t the only one who engaged in creative play with Bunchems. My 10-year-old was actually the one who excitedly opened the box. She took on to building like a pro, creating her own unique creations…
Interestingly, my 6-year-old took a different approach. He first created his version of a lizard. Then he found the pamphlet in the box that contained some suggested creations. He then decided to create his versions of the bat monster and chicken, as seen on the pamphlet.
Were my kids happy to engage in creative play with Bunchems? The answer is a most definite ‘YES!’ from all of them. They thought it was a fun toy. It was easy to create things. It combined construction with craft. It allowed them to get creative. In fact, after writing this post, my kids continued to ask for the box of Bunchems. They created, pulled apart, then re-created more things – flowers, birds, plants, ducks. You name it. Whatever they thought of, they were able to create it with Bunchems.
Did mom love it? A resounding yes as well! I love how it’s an open ended toy that encourages creativity. I was pleased to see my kids’ creations, which came straight from their own imaginations. It was a no mess, easy to set up toy. And it kept kids of different ages engaged.
What can your kids create with Bunchems? If they can think it, they can create it with Bunchems.