Last month we had the opportunity to play with the new and improved Polly Pocket Hangout House and add-on room with Stick N Play technology. My stepdaughters had a blast playing with the playset, especially Rylie who is 6 years old. Her sister Lydian is 8, and while she played by her sister’s side for a little while, she lost interest soon after. Rylie, however, has continued to play with the Polly Pocket playset every time she is here, without fail. This month, we received another Polly Pocket box of goodies–the Polly Pocket Playtime Pet Shop and Polly Pocket Friends Finish First DVD.
I hadn’t mentioned that another Polly Pocket playset was on its way, so when our box arrived, I laid out the playset and DVD on the kitchen table–the most frequented area of the house–so that it would be a big surprise. When Rylie saw it, she was so excited and we immediately set out to take the playset and all of its accessories out of the packaging.
The Polly Pocket Playtime Pet Shop is a two-floor pet shop with loads of fun activities to do with the puppy, cat, kittens, and even a bunny and lovebirds that come with it. The pet shop includes an elevator to get the pets between floors, rotating carousel, slide, pet door and secret passage door, double swing, pet beds, a bathroom with tub to bathe the pets, and a playroom. A lot of small pieces come with this playset; in addition to the pets, there is a pet carrier, leashes to walk them, treats to give them (which dispense from a treat station that is really cool), toys for them to play with, and more. While the package says that this playset is for children ages 4 and up, if you purchase this for a small child who is still fixated on putting everything in their mouth, I would definitely suggest keeping a close eye on them as they play.
This playset is small and light enough so that Rylie can pick it up from her bedroom and bring it downstairs very easily. Now that she has a couple different Polly Pocket playsets, she has really enjoyed bringing them downstairs and setting them up throughout the kitchen and dining room, creating an entire Polly Pocket world.
The only thing that was slightly disappointing about the Polly Pocket Playtime Pet Shop is that it does not have the same Stick N Play suction cups that the Hangout House has. These suction cups make it easy to place the dolls and accessories into the playset and keep them in place, so without them, Polly Pocket and the accessories that come with the pet shop can easily fall over when your child is trying to set them up. There is a place for Polly Pocket’s feet next to the bathtub that keeps her in place while she is bathing the pets, and the lack of suction cups weren’t a huge problem for us because after playing with the pet shop for just a little while, Rylie was having too much fun playing to miss them.
While we were playing with the new Polly Pocket playset, we also popped in the Polly Pocket Friends Finish First DVD. This isn’t a full-length movie, but rather a 22-minute episode, so it was able to keep the kids entertained while not losing their attention. We really enjoyed watching the DVD, and there are even more episodes on the Polly Pocket website.
We are huge fans of Polly Pocket here. They have kept Rylie completely immersed in creative, imaginative play. We have had a lot of fun playing with her playsets together, but if I have to get up and do something while we’re playing, the dolls and playsets can easily keep her amused on her own, which is great!
I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Mattel Polly Pocket. I received product samples and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.