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The Playful Parent was created in 2016 as a blog to share the joys and craziness of parenting. The founder of The Playful Parent is a full time domestic energizer and has a Bachelors from Marymount University and a Masters in Clinical Counseling from Johns Hopkins University.

MARVEL BATTLEWORLD IS MARVELOUS

Some of you may have heard about Marvel Battleworld by Funko; while others may be hearing about it for the first time. For those of you who have been playing a while; you will be excited about the new expansion that has just been released! For those just starting out, I will start with the basics before getting to the exciting news!


WHAT IS MARVEL BATTLEWORLD


Marvel Battleworld is a collectible, expandable and playable die-rolling combat game featuring dozens of Avenger characters. Battleworld is designed as a 1-4 player game, perfect for children ages 6 and up. Game play can last anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes of play time. Choose your favorite hero, and use their unique special abilities to beat Thanos. Roll to attack and win battles! Achieve three battle victories to win the game! Check out this awesome video by Funko Games that gives a tutorial on how to play the game.


EXPANDING


Series one has over 30 unique Avenger characters to collect. You can expand your collection by purchasing either Mega Packs or Battle Battles. If you are new to the game; I recommend purchasing a Mega Pack to start with. Inside a Mega Pack you will find six characters; four revealed heroes and two more heroes who are trapped in orange Thanostones! Also in the pack you will get a custom 12-sided die, 13 Battlecards, and popout tokens for play. Battleballs are blind packages containing two random figures, one  loose hero and one trapped in a Thanostone. Inside you will also find everything you need to play including instructions, a special 12 sided die, 5 Battlecards and popout tokens. The nice thing about this game is that you can play the game with only one BattleBall and they are very inexpensive.

Our family has been collecting for a while now and almost has a full collection of Series 1! Just when we thought we had them all Funko Games released it’s latest Mega Pack! This special pack includes Frost Giant Loki and five other Heroes. We are super stoked since this is the first new release since last year’s Thanos Ship Showdown. The Frost Giant Loki Mega Pack is perfect for those starting out or if you want to expand your Hero roster. The packs are available for around $25 on Amazon or Game Stop.


GAMESCHOOLING WITH BATTLEWORLD


We own a huge collection of board games and often use them for gameschooling. Gameschooling in short is using board games to practice academic skills such as mathematics or literacy in a fun way. Here are some ways we use the game to play, learn and grow:

  • Marvel Battleworld is a cooperative gaming system, which is great for teamwork with children!
  • In order to determine if you have won the battle you have to use arithmetic skills. Add your heroes strength to the number you roll each round.
  • Practice reading, each card comes with instructions for that characters unique abilities.

***The Playful Parent is a 501(C)(3) non-profit dedicated to promoting learning through play and promoting family bonding. All information and photos are intellectual property of The Playful Parent. Thank you Funko Games for your generous donations. We are excited to have this game added to the board game collection; we can’t wait to host a community board game night soon.***

EASTER EGG CATAPULT: PLAYFUL SCIENCE

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LEGO SETS FOR EASTER BASKETS

With Easter just around the corner, it’s time to get hopping on preparing little ones Easter baskets. If you enjoy Easter craft ideas or are looking for something hands on to put in your kids baskets you will love these adorable spring seasonal sets from LEGO.


SPRING BUILDS


The LEGO® Easter Bunny (40463) has arrived! This lovable bunny in a green meadow, comes with 2 customizable Easter eggs, posable head and ears and a hidden LEGO surprise. It’s the perfect build for kids ages 8 and up who love to tinker. The build is both entertaining to construct and fun to play with. The retail value is $14.99. To learn more or to purchase this kit visit the LEGO website.

This lovable LEGO® BrickHeadz™ Easter Sheep (40380). With a colorful tulip growing at one side and 2 Easter eggs at the other, the super-cute sheep is using a paint pot and brush to color the eggs. No wonder there are paint splashes on its wool! This set is perfect for kids ages 8 and up and is $9.99. To learn more or to purchase this build click the following link.

Collect, display or play with this Easter Bunny minifigure in his colorful cardboard hut, complete with Easter Egg and paintbrush accessory elements. Suggests for kids ages 6 and up. See link for details or to purchase.

LEGO® Friends Andrea’s Bunny Cube (41666) rabbit toy for kids and give them a surprise that’ll delight them. This portable play cube has a cute bunny face sitting below a pair of pointy bunny ears. Inside, kids will find a buildable rabbit hutch, tree and mushroom. The creative accessories will also help inspire caring animal play.

***The Playful Parent is a non-profit organization that advocates learning through play. I hope this information helps parents find engaging activities and toys for their children to play with this spring and all year round. The Playful Parent is not paid to promote products; however, shares non-biased information and reviews to help parents navigate toys that promote a love of learning. Thank you LEGO for sharing these fun builds with us. ***

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5TH ANNUAL VALENTINE’S DAY GIVEAWAY

Well, here it is again…Everyone’s favorite giveaway of the year! Looking back on past years photos; it motivated me to keep the tradition going. Despite the challenges that 2020-2021 poses; I had to make sure that this year’s giveaway is unique. The Playful Parent is excited to announce that one lucky family will be treated to a special Valentine’s Day Package! How would you like to have everything taken care of so that you can sit back, relax and enjoy a night with those you love most?  On Sunday February 14, 2021, one lucky family will be treated to the works: a delicious pizza from Pizza Hotline, a gorgeous floral arrangement by Gateway Florist, scrumptious treats compliments of Family Fun Chocolates, a digital copy of The Croods: A New Age from Universal Pictures and a basket full of fun surprises.  Here’s a little about the Valentine’s Day Giveaway Sponsors for 2021.


PIZZA HOTLINE



GATEWAY FLORIST


Gateway Florist, owned by Kent and Tina Cooksey is located on the families 130 acre farm in La Plata, MD. Gateway Florist is a full service florist offering delivery for all occasions birthdays, get well, sympathy, weddings and for no occasion at all. We offer delivery throughout La Plata as well as Waldorf, White Plains, Mechanicsville, Hughesville and many other areas within Charles and St. Mary’s Counties. Be sure to visit there website or call to order a flower arrangement for your special someone.

www.gatewayfloristinc.com

301-392-5630


FAMILY FUN CHOCOLATES


Family Fun Chocolates specializes in making high quality treats from scratch, with fresh ingredients and a lot of fun! This creative confectioner takes ideas likes hot chocolate bombs and cake pops and turns them into something fun. Whether your child is into Pokemon or Unicorns; you’re sure to be impressed with the unique and scrimptions made to order creations from Family Fun Chocolates. Please visit their Facebook page and order something special; they are still taking orders for Valentines Day. The winner will be treated to cake pops and hot chocolates bombs!

Family Fun Chocolates


THE CROODS: A NEW AGE


My family and I had the privilege of seeing this awesome movie before it hit the big screen. The Croods: A New Age is absolutely my favorite new release! It most definitely deserves the title “best animation of the year!”  Without giving to much away, here’s a little about the film… In November 2020, this animated adventure comedy produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Universal Pictures was released. The Croods: A New Age is full of action and comedy as the Crood’s meet another family called the Bettermans, who, as their name not-so-subtly hints, believe they are better and more evolved than the clan of cave-people. The artwork and voice actors Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds and Peter Dinklage work hand in hand to make this film entertaining and hands down hilarious. You wont want to miss this film during your next family movie night. I’m excited to giveaway a digital copy for the giveaway. For more information visit their website or visit Amazon Movies.


THE PLAYFUL PARENT


The Playful Parent is a 501(C)(3) non-profit and free resource page that advocates learning through play and promotes family bonding. The Playful Parent hosts community events, writes helpful articles, keeps an updated community calendar, provides giveaways & more for Southern Maryland families and beyond.

www.theplayfulparent.org

Play, Learn, Grow!


GIVEAWAY DETAILS


Update: Congratulations to this years winner… Mandy Boo

This years Valentines Day Giveaway is open Wednesday February 3, 2021 through February 10, 2021 at 11:59 PM to all local Playful Parent Fans. One lucky fan will be randomly drawn to win this awesome package to be treated to on February 14, 2021. To win you must:

  • LIKE the post!
  • COMMENT or GIF your favorite love story, romantic movie or Valentines Day book.
  • SHARE the love, please tag or share this post to help spread the word. (Not Mandatory)
  • You may enter the giveaway three different ways! To increase your chances of winning you can enter once on the website, Instagram and Facebook.
  • This Valentine’s giveaway is open to residents in the Southern Maryland area who are 18 years and older. You don’t have to have young kids in the house to win. You can be parents, grandparents or even aunties and uncles to win. Even if your partner already entered you still can too!
  • This giveaway is not social media affiliated.

***This contest was brought to you by the Dream Date Team; The Playful Parent would like to thank all the businesses that made donations to make this possible.***

SNOW DAY ACTIVITIES: PLAYFUL LEARNING

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