Last month, CC had the chance to rev up her little "train-iac" side when we visited Bender/Helper Impact Family Fun Day. She couldn't resist the TOMICA car and train set from TOMY Toys that offered a transportation-minded "Hypercity" at her little fingertips.
Forget princesses and fairies -- two of CC's favorite things in the world right now. She was all over the miniature die-cast locomotives and automobiles that zoomed around kid-sized gas stations and pizza shops.
And when we got home, she spent so much time playing with her TOMICA Patrol Liner train (a gift from B/HI) that I wondered if she'd given up on Cinderella altogether.
Not so much, but it was still fun to see her play with something that helped develop fine motor skills (no pun intended).
What I liked most, though, was the imaginative way she played with the train. She pushed and pulled it all over the floor, sometimes placing mini stuffed animals in the cargo space for a jaunty ride from her bedroom to the kitchen. Other times, she just liked opening and closing the doors -- sometimes pulling them off, actually, which wasn't that difficult.
She instantly made this new addition a part of her creative and fantastical world, and, of course, I'm definitely on board for that.
*** GIVEAWAY ****
I'm giving away 1 TOMICA Pizza Shop (pictured above), complete with 1 die-cast Toyota Pro-Box car and 1 Tomikids figure. The car actually launches off of its space at the touch of a button, and the shop has fun sliding doors (SRP $12.99; ages 4+).
1 TOMICA Fire Liner (pictured left), which comes with 1 Tomikids figure and can transform into a vehicle with a moving platform (SRP $12.99; ages 4+).
To enter, leave a comment telling me which TOMICA toy you would like and why.
For more chances to win, follow me on Twitter. I'm at @la_story. Or you can "Like" the L.A. Story Facebook page.
Just be sure to leave extra comments telling me you did so.
Good luck, and I'll announce the 2 winners Monday, Nov. 29!