My favorite toys are the ones that encourage my children to use their imagination. That is why I was excited to be introduced to Manhattan Toy’s new series called, “imagine i CAN“. This series includes a variety of crafts, do-it-yourself, role-play, puppet kits and games. With 28 different activities to choose from, priced from $5 – $20, there is definitely something to match everyone’s personality and budget. All kits come in a sturdy box. Some come in a hard case similar to a metal lunch box, allowing items to be stored safely or used for other imaginative play and others come in a box that turns into a back drop for the toy.
“Toys that leave room for a child’s input and creative imagination are the ones that they return to over and over again – they are captivating, enduring.” – Disney’s Family.com
Lately my 5 year old daughter has been begging for some paper dolls after she saw a friend with some. She pretty much tore the package open when she saw the imagine I CAN Create & Color Princess. Not only did she get to color her doll, but she got to build her, too. I stepped back and let her do the entire thing. It kept her occupied for well over and hour. I was not sure if she could put it together or not, but she figured it out after a few minutes. There were just a few pieces she got confused on (the bow and crown). Hint: the pieces have numbers on them where they are supposed to connect with their matching number. This was a blast for her and she still plays with it over a week later!
My kiddos love to be sneaky. That’s why I thought my son would love the imagine i CAN secret Agent Spy Gear. I honestly tried to get a picture of my son playing with this kit, but he kept playing in “secret” in his room with it! I love games that promote imagination and this one does just that. The kit comes with a Spy Catcher Scope, a blueprint, a pretend fingerprint powder container, invisible ink, and some secret message cards with a decoder. All the toys are made of durable material. The blueprint is in cloth, not paper and the bottles, decoder, and scope are all made of wood. The secret message cards and ID card are made of card stock and has has a sturdy cloth bag to store them in.
Another product we were able to play with was the imagine i CAN Pet Rock Pals. To be honest, I was not sure if my kids would appreciate this activity as much as the others…boy, was I wrong! It comes with two packages of clay, which made it simple to share with 2 children and have it be even. It was nice that the case had some sample pictures for my 5 year old to look at and get an idea of what to make. My 7 year old went to town! In fact, he rolled the dough so much it started to harden before he was finished shaping it. No problem! We just got our hand a little wet and that allowed us to keep on rolling. They eventually got real creative and had a lot of fun making and designing their own Pet Rock Pal. They played with this kit for almost 2 hours and I still find them playing with their “pals” days later.
They even had fun playing with the felt face accessory pieces. Their little sister was a more than willing victim!
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*Product was provided to supplement this review. All opinions are 100% my own!