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We live in an interesting school district. My son doesn’t start school until 9:30 a.m. and he is home by 4 p.m. This leaves little room for after-school activities before dinner, and now with the time change, it is only light outside for an hour or so when he comes home in the evening. How can you make these brief moments after school matter? How can I encourage play, education, and family time? These questions fill me with doubt each day when we get home. When I partnered with PLAYMOBIL to try their toys from Walmart, I found myself ready to use my imagination and inspired to play together as a family.
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Sure, homework after school IS important…but so is spending time together as a family. We found PLAYMOBIL toys, which are NEW to Walmart, in a variety of themes. These quality toys have a great price, and it was hard to pick from their inventory. These imaginative play sets focus on iconic figures like police and firemen to fantasy characters like dinosaurs.
We looked for the PLAYMOBIL Take Along Police Station, and we were thrilled to see that it was easy to assemble and came with three characters to play with. Plus, there was a motorcycle with real wheels that you could “drive” and creative accessories like chairs and hats. The attention to detail with this set was not unnoticed.
The high-quality pieces are durable, so they will last a long time. There are no pieces to worry about losing, and I enjoyed that these imaginative toys can help develop cognitive and social/emotional skills.
To maximize your time after school, I created a quick printable to show you how to designate your time together.
After School Routine Printable
Need ideas to streamline the time you have after school? This 7-day checklist will keep you motivated…with extra room for notes or to track weekends too!
Let’s start at the top…shall we? You can check off the school icon once you get home. The backpack is a reminder to put it in your special spot – by the door, near the table for homework, or in your room. Wherever it goes so that you remember to unpack it each day.
The soccer ball is for outdoor play followed by books for homework or reading. The dinosaur and robot icon reminds me of the spirit of PLAYMOBIL so that is why they are included here. It is important to encourage play after school, and even better if it is educational like the PLAYMOBIL sets.
Dinner, a shower, a quick TV session with the family, and then it is bedtime!
After school routines can be tricky to manage when there are multiple children and sports schedules, but I am confident that you can take ownership of them while making time for PLAY.