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Is DS old enough for playmobil?

(30 Posts)
UnicornsPooGlitter Sun 17-Nov-13 18:06:09

He's just over 3, is that too young? I really want the pirate ship blush.

Playmobil 123 looks quite young (he has a zoo already).

ShoeWhore Mon 18-Nov-13 15:28:20

Bin lorry an excellent choice. Can I also recommend the swimming pool and campervan as good entry level sets? Ds2 was playing with the campervan from being 2 (we did hide some of the really tiny pieces to start with)

The pirate ship is fantastic but better saved until later I think - more like 5 (ds got it for Christmas when he was 4 1/2 and it didn't get much use until the following summer)

Jiltedjohnsjulie Mon 18-Nov-13 11:56:10

From experience I would say he was too young. Bid get the happyland pirate ship instead.

Bumpsadaisie Mon 18-Nov-13 11:18:34

Definitely not too young, Playmobil 123 way too babyish for a three year old. And the pirate ship is fantastic - I had one when I was a kid and boy it was fab. I'ts not changed much.

My DD had her first Playmobil at 2.5 (it was the swimming pool). There are lots of tiny bits though (tiny flip flops, knives and forks etc) so if there is a baby sibling crawling about you might put those away for a while.

KatoPotato Mon 18-Nov-13 10:44:06

DS got the Zoo (not 123) for Christmas last year, he was 2.11.

We just took out the tiny souveniers and now have a tupperware on top of the Expedit filled with the tiniest items and the weapons from the cops and robbers type sets!

He's getting the cargo ship and crane loader thing this year from PiLs I can't wait!

WhispersOfWickedness Mon 18-Nov-13 10:40:32

Great choice grin I would be going for it myself if I hadn't already got them several sets blush

ABitterPIL Mon 18-Nov-13 08:07:20

Dd has the imaaginext pirate ship for xmas. It was on offer in argos and looks great

SpookedMackerel Mon 18-Nov-13 08:03:09

Good choice - I think the vehicles are best for younger ones. We have a bus and a helicopter and a tractor, all of which my 2 year old loves. I secretly covet the cable car for myself grin.

IsItMeOr Mon 18-Nov-13 08:00:38

I see you've already settled on the bin lorry - was going to say that DS had some of the less complicated playmobil when he was 3, but that we've decided to leave the pirate ship until he's a bit older because it sounds like it might get spoiled if it was played with too roughly (sail is paper).

DTisMYdoctor Mon 18-Nov-13 07:52:05

The children's zoo is also a good early set - not many tiny bits.

Levantine Mon 18-Nov-13 07:49:50

Ds1 got th bin lorry at that age. It is a good first playmobil purchase grin

UnicornsPooGlitter Mon 18-Nov-13 07:48:34

DS doesn't tend to put things in his mouth, but he definitely would scatter / lose lots of small pieces. I've decided to go for the bin lorry for now, and to see how he likes it smile.

WhispersOfWickedness Mon 18-Nov-13 06:49:57

Yes, Manic, the flowers drive me mad! grin

DTisMYdoctor Sun 17-Nov-13 23:04:30

DS started getting playmobil on his 3rd birthday (zoo sets). He was never one for putting things in his mouth so I've never had to take out any small bits.

ManicMinor Sun 17-Nov-13 22:58:47

Bin lorry is great for littlies, no small - and wheels are always an attraction at that age, so vehicles are a great place to start. The Noah's Ark (not the 1-2-3 one, the normal one) was ds2's first set at 3, and was great - don't know whether it's available now or not. Fire engine is good, again not so many tiny pieces. The worst small pieces are gold coins, anything with cutlery, and flowers.

UnicornsPooGlitter Sun 17-Nov-13 22:39:19

Hmm, you might be right about the gold coins pelvic <mulls>.

PelvicFloorClenchReminder Sun 17-Nov-13 21:59:29

My DS had the playmobil hospital for his 3rd birthday and loved it. There aren't too many teeny weeny pieces in the hospital so he was fine with it, but a lot of the pirate sets have treasure chests with thousands of weeny weeny teeny weeny gold coins in them that get absolutely everywhere - might be best to avoid those for a while

readysteady Sun 17-Nov-13 21:54:00

I agree the small pieces is a bit academic when you have 2 elder kiddies

Luggage16 Sun 17-Nov-13 21:52:13

mine have been fine with the little pieces since about 2 but I guess it depends if your kids are likely to put bits in their mouths - the small bits are really good for helping them develop their fine motor skills so worth keeping them in imo

Kinect Sun 17-Nov-13 21:48:39

I started my daughter on Playmobil at just gone three. I take out a lot of the little pieces.

HectorVector Sun 17-Nov-13 21:28:00

My DS is 3 and has had the construction playmobil set since just over 2, he loves it.

HappyAsEyeAm Sun 17-Nov-13 21:25:19

I would say that he is a bit young. At that age, DS was more into Playmobil 123/Happyland/Fisher Price Little People type toys.

He is nearly 6 now, and in the last year or so, we have introduced the playmobil pirate ship, plane and swimming pool. And for Christmas, he is having the coach, camper van, pet clinic, school, playground, fishing boat and speedboat. Even now, I think some of the bits for those sets are absolutely tiny.

UnicornsPooGlitter Sun 17-Nov-13 19:16:55

He does love bin lorries grin...

Luggage16 Sun 17-Nov-13 19:14:44

my son loves the rubbish lorry but any of the figures etc go down well.

WhispersOfWickedness Sun 17-Nov-13 19:12:35

My DD who is 2 has some and my DS who is 3.11 is getting some for Christmas smile My DD does find the little things too fiddly, but likes it apart from that.
I think the bin lorry is still reduced to £13odd on amazon at the moment smile

Chopsypie Sun 17-Nov-13 19:09:24

I would get it, but go through the box and take out any too small bits before you give it to him

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