It happens a lot when children are young. Often, it brings a smile to your face and warms your heart. And, if you happen to catch it, it’s the BEST THING EVER.
It’s that moment of pure joy when a child discovers a toy for the very first time.
Then, it’s the little moments of anticipation while the toy is unpacked. It’s the squeals of delight and laughter and the rapid succession of “Thank you Mommy!”s and flying kisses.
We surprised Ryder and Reid with the Fisher-Price Imaginext Eagle Talon Castle – just one of the very awesome toys from our latest press drop. Ryder is just a sweet, innocent little guy and he never really believes that something is for him unless we assure him that it’s his to play with and keep. The picture on the right was taken just seconds after I placed the box in front of him.
“Who’s this for?” he asked.
“It’s for Ryder and Reid!” I replied.
“For me?!! Promise me Mommy?”
“I’m much too happy!” he exclaimed.
Fun times ensued, and it was such a joy to see him and his little brother “decode” the toy – that is, figure out where all the pieces go, understand the juxtaposition between the guards and the castle, and of course, make a few rowdy canon noises. BOOM!
And while they’re playing, they’re learning. With the Imaginext Eagle Talon Castle, both boys are developing Social and Emotional Skills – in particular, Sharing and Cooperation. Ryder is improving his Cognitive Skills (Imagination and Creativity), and Reid is honing Sensory and Fine Motor skills; Physical Skills he’ll need for the rest of his life.
(In 2013 and beyond, the above icons will be displayed on all Fisher-Price packaging, so that moms can fully-understand how that product can aid the individual areas of growth for their child. Beyond spectacular? I agree!)
As for my little guys, watching them learn has NEVER been this much fun.