Here's a trivial problem! Going away for Christmas to relatives. What to do if DS wants to play with the ginormous Playmobil dragon Castle? All those losable bits. Do we build it there or make him wait till we get home on 27?? Thinking tantrums. He's 5.
Is that his only present? Keep it a home and say (Santa if you do that it parents if not!) left one behind at home! He'll be all excited opening, you and dp (most likely or!) can get the car unpacked and washing started in peace?
I think that you should let him play with it tbh. I know it will be a monumental pain in the backside, but asking a 5 year old to wait 2 days for his main present is a but harsh. There'll be a list of all the parts so you can do an inventory before you leave.
Prob id set it up and kind of remove the tiny bits for 'at home' on unpacking? We went to Canada last Christmas to relative and took a playmobil pirate ship with us... We managed and don't think we lost much despite wAs played with bit royally trashed now though after a year...rough 5 yr old
My 5yo is getting the hotel. We're taking it with us in the box, will build it on Xmas Eve for DD to play with but I'm not planning on giving her all of the littlest bits. I think I'm going to have to dismantle it again to bring it home. I did think of leaving it at home but, for DD, it is her only present other than a couple of books and stocking fillers which are socks, pants, hair bobbles & chocolate and the relatives we are staying with give her ballet lessons as her present so, if we don't take the Playmobil, she won't have anything to play with.