This post was sponsored on behalf of Hasbro's Littlest Pet Shop. All opinions stated are my own.
While we are advocates of technology in our home, I feel there definitely needs to be a balance. Kids need to have free play time so they can work their imaginations.
I love sitting back and watching my girls play with blocks, building sets, dolls and other toys that stimulate their creative sides. I love hearing the stories they come up with when they're playing with dolls, and I love watching what they can build with their minds.
One line of toys that I like for encouraging free play is Littlest Pet Shop. The girls can come up with such fun stories about the pets' days! It's amazing what can come from their sweet little minds.
Another one of the reasons I like this line is because the toys are smaller, so they don't take up as much space in our already-full house. I know most of us with young kids deal with clutter, so smaller is better when it comes to toys!
And if your kids are really into their screen time, Littlest Pet Shops can meet that need too. Your kids can connect with their favorite pets digitally in the Littlest Pet Shop Your World app.
When they get a new pet, they can scan the pet into the app and virtually bring them to life. Your kids can play games with, care for and dress up their virtual pets.
They can also track their collections, earn rewards for completing their collections and select favorite pets they'd like to collect. That's great for knowing what they want for Christmas or upcoming birthdays!
Here are a couple of Littlest Pet Shop toys that I think would make great gifts this holiday season.
Littlest Pet Shop Pet Shop Playset (MSRP: $29.99)
What kid hasn't dreamed of having their own pet shop where they can play with all sorts of different animals? This Pet Shop Playset lets kids play out that dream.
This set has multiple levels and can hold up to 30 pets. Pets can play on the swing, seesaw or hamster ball ride. There's even a tube slide that gives lots of opportunity for imaginative play.
This playset comes with three pets – one with premium glitter and two pet friends. It also includes themed accessories, stickers and an emoji experience with thought bubble and Deco Bits.
Littlest Pet Shop Pawristas Cafe Playset (MSRP: $19.99)
My girls love going to the coffee set with me, so this kit lets them come up with fun stories they can relate to. Kids can have the ‘Pawrista' cat brew a fancy latte, serve scrumptious treats or hop on stage to perform at open mic night!
The Littlest Pet Shop Pawristas Café playset is a cool hangout for your kids's pets that is sure to stir up a little creative imagination.
This playset includes one pet, one pet friend, themed accessories, Deco Bits and thought bubble with sticker sheet.
Littlest Pet Shop Singles Assortment (MSRP: $2.99)
Do your kids already have plenty of Littlest Pet Shop playsets? Then pick up some of the latest Littlest Pet Shop pet pals. They make great stocking stuffers too!
There are more than 300 pets available, and there will 40 unique pets this year, including a Labrador and Puffin in the Spring and a Jack Russell Terrier in the Fall.
Each adorable pet features a bobble-head motion and either a Deco Bits piece or an accessory that can inspire unique stories for your kiddos. One pet in each wave also includes a special deco treatment to collect.
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