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Furnished Shopping Mall

Furnished Shopping Mall

Fall 2014 Toys
Ages: 5 - 12 yrs.
Manufacturer: Playmobil USA, Inc.
Price: $159.99

The Playmobil Furnished Shopping Mall includes the mall itself, seven play figures, five mannequins, stores, a working elevator, dresses, skirts, handbags, cash registers, an ATM with money, full-length mirrors, and a large variety of accessories (clocking in at 535 pieces, there are far too many to list here).

Playmobil products encourage hours of imaginative and cooperative play; the variety and number of pieces allows children to play not only alone, but together with others. Furthermore, the mall can be used with other Playmobil sets and figures including additional stores (e.g., toy store, salon, etc.).

Be sure to heed the box's statement regarding assembly time, which it estimates as 210 minutes. As an accomplished veteran of Playmobil's unique assembly methods, it took me slightly over three and a half hours. If you are unfamiliar with the manner in which these kits are assembled, allow for additional time. Assemble before giving and avoid a meltdown - your child's and/or yours.

Editor's Note: There are lots of lessons here; financial literacy among them. For suggestions about how to teach your kids to be smart about money, visit Parents' Choice Award-winning Money Savvy Generation.

Sharon Heuscher   ©2014 Parents' Choice
Sharon holds B.A.s in English Literature and Ancient Studies as well as a B.S. in Psychology. She is currently a masters-level trainee in Clinical Psychology specializing in neurodegenerative diseases. For the past thirteen years, Sharon has focused primarily on raising, educating, and nurturing her five children who range in age from three to thirteen.

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Playmobil USA, Inc.

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