The Bricklettes Express


NOVEMBER 30, 2022

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No need to reserve your tickets months in advance, suit everyone up in winter gear, or keep the kids up past their bedtime -- our November play plan helps you set up your very own "Polar Express" experience at home! This festive kick-off to Christmas uses Bricklettes cardboard building blocks and play printables to help you set up a small world play experience that's perfect to pull out for your mini conductor, while watching the classic film on repeat in the background!

How To Play: use strategic masking tape (as long as you are cautious/go slow when removing post-play, it shouldn't peel off the surface pattern of our blocks -- please contact us if it does!) to attach the blocks together in a circle. Use our printables to print out the "accessories" for this play plan (such as the tracks, signage, and conductor accessories).  Add any additional festive props or toys (like wooden trains and toy whistles) that you might have handy, extend this invitation to play to your little one, and see where their imagination takes you!

🚂 Skills Utilized: social/”real life” experiences where applicable, connecting and playing out "lived" experiences (like a movie/book) with reality, hand-eye coordination, naming & other identification opportunities

 🚂 Number of Bricklettes Blocks Used: 17!

 🚂 Time Toddlers Spent Playing Before Entering "Destruction Mode": 30 minutes (could be more if you have them color in the conductor hat & glasses ahead of play)!

Our Favorite Part: Easing the guilt of missing the deadline for ticket sales to Polar Express this year; enjoying our little ones' reactions to donning the conductor hat, glasses, moustache & whistle!

Head to Our Instagram to See: how our creative collaborator parent of the month @gatheredliving styled her little one's Bricklettes Express Play Plan (using our printables)!

Fun Additional Activity (or, 10 activities -- to be exact! Discovering this blog post has us so inspired to include many more Polar Express-themed options in our play this season!):

Scroll Down: to see detail photos of all the ways to play ... plus learn how to get a copy of the Polar Express dramatic play printable⁠ we designed for this play plan!