If you're not familiar with Shopkins, ask almost any kid and they'll tell you about it! LOL. Shopkins are these little figures which are really cute! Each Shopkins figure has a name and is classified into different categories like Fruits and Veggies, Bakery, etc. What my daughters really, really love (aside from they love everything Shopkins) is opening the blind bags because inside them are "surprise" Shopkins which range from the common ones to the Limited Edition ones. My daughters haven't gotten any Limited Edition Shopkins yet but they're still hoping!
Before, we only look for the Season 1 Shopkins (and boy, were they hard to find back then!), but now that the SHOPKINS SEASON 2 is already out in the market, my daughters can't contain their excitement about the newest Shopkins. I've found a Season 2 12-pack and some Baskets a few weeks before Christmas (and bought a few for them) BUT after that, they weren't available anymore. Amazon sells them for a much, much higher (DOUBLE?!) the price so I do not dare purchase Shopkins on Amazon.
Since my daughters LOVE Shopkins, I've decided to write a blog post on the 6 Things My Daughters Learned While Playing Shopkins.
You might say WHAT?! But here's my explanation. I honestly don't know most of the Shopkins' names BUT my 3 year old daughter does! I am surprised that she knows almost all of the Shopkins' names. Each type of the Shopkins figure have 2 colors available and she knows almost every Shopkins in Season 1! I think this is amazing because she memorized their names in such a short period of time so for me, it helped improve her memory because she was able to memorize their names.
My daughters love giving life to their Shopkins. They would spend about an hour each day doing these silly voices for each Shopkins and doing pretend scenarios. I love watching them do these different tiny little voices and bobbing their Shopkins up and down like they were really talking. I love how they play pretend with the Shopkins because I believe pretend and creative play is healthy for a growing child. Pretend play for me, helps widen their imaginations.
Sooo, throughout the day, the toybox would become empty and most of my daughters' toys lie scattered on the floor after they play and clean-up time is the most hated part (for them) after playing. They would reason out that they're hungry, or they're tired or whatever reason they can give me when I say "CLEAN UP TIME". The word seems to create an automatic reaction from them to protest and complain (honestly, deep inside I think it's funny and cute, but I always show them a serious face and would firmly tell them to clean up). With the Shopkins, my daughters have a separate small plastic drawer for their Shopkins. I am super happy and proud that every time they've finished playing with their Shopkins, they would neatly arrange them again in their drawer. These are small figures so I am surprised that they still have all the Shopkins I bought for them. I don't need to tell them to clean up their Shopkins. They just do it willingly and on their own..
My daughters have some favorite Shopkins and a few of those are both their favorites. I told them they can only keep 1 of each type of Shopkins so the doubles are kept somewhere else because it would make their drawer REALLY FULL. They
They may not know the word accountable yet but I noticed how they keep tabs on their Shopkins collection. My 3 year old daughter, who is the more Shopkins fanatic, knows EACH Shopkins she has. I would give her the "checklist flyer" (that's what she calls them) and she would check off every Shopkins she has. She knows when a Shopkins is missing and wouldn't stop until she finds it.
Once we're at Starbucks and my daughters brought some of their Shopkins there. A little girl approached them and said "Ooohh. Are those Shopkins?". Then, they were playing like the 3 of them were good old friends. My 6 year old daughter is the friendly type while my 3 year old daughter is the shy type. In this situation, she immediately played with a new friend (which she doesn't do!) so for me, this promotes group play and friendliness.
I'm not a big fan of small toys because my daughters just tend to lose them but, Shopkins have impressed me a lot. My daughters would often lose interest in their toys a few days after they play with it but the Shopkins held (and is still holding) their interest, specially my 3 year old. For my 3 year old daughter who has a short attention span, these cute little Shopkins are still her favorite toy. :)
HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT SHOPKINS? WHO IS YOUR OR YOUR CHILD'S FAVORITE SHOPKINS?
Disclaimer: I didn't receive anything by posting this. All opinions are honest and expressed in my own opinion.