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Our newest writer, Jen Haas from Plain Vanilla Mom, is back today to follow up on her post about the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) side of Blaze toys and share the fabulously fun Blaze Play Date she hosted with her kids. This post is sponsored and Jen was provided sample toys to review from Nickelodeon, but her opinions are her own.
We’ve been having so much fun with our new Blaze and the Monster Machine “friends” that we decided we should invite some real friends over for a play date to check out our new toys.
My boys were beyond thrilled because we don’t very often host play dates as elaborate as this one. You’ll see what I mean…
To make our Blaze play date extra fun & festive we downloaded this Free Blaze Play Date pack with games, crafts & recipes from Target.com.
The kids loved the Blaze printables we downloaded for free from Target.com and these extra fun activities from nickjr.com including coloring sheets, cupcake toppers, straw toppers, and goodie bags.
The added decor made our play date extra fun.
I loved having a “theme” for our play date for a change and because of the printables it was so easy to do. This would be great for a birthday party and super easy to throw together. I literally printed out all this and put it together the night before.
The kids loved the coloring pages and it was a nice break from all the high energy play when we needed it.
STEM In Real-Life Play
We set up the rock and sand pit I shared with you in this earlier post for our Blaze die cast figure. But this time just about all the trucks had a go at the sand pit.
We had a vast range of ages playing with our Blaze toys and everyone, and I mean everyone, from the 2 year old to the 10 year olds, loved the Slam & Go trucks.
These trucks were definitely the hit of the play date. Slam & Go Blaze and Crusher are so fun to play with. I mean who doesn’t love a truck that you can push down on the back of and then watch it zoom off?
We upped the excitement factor with our DIY “track”. That was when the action really kicked in. The kids loved experimenting with how far they could make Crusher & Blaze go depending on how much force they used to press down on the trucks.
I loved that without even realizing it they were learning about elements of STEM like acceleration.
After all that playing we had to refuel those little bodies… No play date would be complete without snacks right?
We are big smoothie fans in this house so I was thrilled that our party pack came with a smoothie recipe to serve.
Host Your Own Blaze Play Date
Have fun hosting a Blaze themed play date for your own kids and share on social media with #BlazePlayDate. Upload a photo on BlazePlayDate.com for a chance to WIN 1 of 5 $100 Target GiftCards each month.
Begin your adventure with a free play date pack from Target.com/Blaze. Get games, crafts & recipes to host a fabulous Blaze inspired play date.
Also, each photo on BlazePlayDate.com will receive a code to save 10% off Blaze products on Target.com for a limited time.
Download your free Blaze play date party pack HERE complete with ideas & recipes for hosting your own Blaze Play Date.
If you haven’t gotten your hands on or seen these new Blaze and The Monster Machine Toys yet you can find them in store now at Target and on Target.com as well as all major retailers.
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Written by 5 Minutes for Mom contributor Jen Haas, who blogs at Plain Vanilla Mom
Disclosure: Thanks to Nickelodeon for sponsoring this post and providing Jen and her boys with sample toys.
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