Sometimes playtime can almost seem like a chore. Trying to find something for your toddler to do just so you can enjoy a hot coffee or try to wash a few dishes can almost seem impossible. I know I have been there numerous times. It can almost feel like an endless battle. A battle that doesn’t have to be.

As parent’s we can all appreciate and understand how important it is to encourage imaginative play. Imaginative play is a crucial aspect to a child’s development. Yet quite often when it comes to playtime, parents often flock to handing over electronic devices to their little ones, offering screen time as a primary form of “play”. I will admit that I am even guilty of this, but I am working on breaking this habit.

In a recent survey released by MEGA BLOKS, they found that 83% of parents say they run out of ideas to keep their children engaged during playtime, in turn relying on screen time to fill that void.

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MEGA BLOKS understands and empathsizes with a parents need to help in keep their toddlers busy, engaged and learning, and created a new line of cognitive construction toys.


Toys like the MEGA BLOKS Friendly Farm and MEGA BLOKS Block Scooping Wagon that help to entertain and keep my youngest busy at the best of times. You can often find her sitting on the floor for hours trying to build new “structures” for her farm animals. These toys let her imagination ignite and come to life. I quite enjoy being able to sit on the floor with her and participate in playtime (you know when she actually lets me touch her MEGA BLOKS… She is slightly protective of them), but at the very least I get to enjoy a warm cup of coffee while sitting with her and witnessing that little light go off as she learns through these engaging toys.


When she isn’t busy with her Fun Farm, you will often find her emptying her wagon, so that she can coax her big brother into pulling her around the family member. She hasn’t quite realized that the Block Scooping Wagon is not her awaiting chariot, but rather a wagon that will help pick up the blocks, helping making clean-up a fun aspect of playtime too.


As Parenting Expert, Alyson Schafer, has said, “Children are experiential learners and need to interact in real time, with the real world to develop properly. Free play is the natural way our brains are meant to grow and that’s why MEGA BLOKS construction toys are so beneficial to a child’s development. A simple task like stacking MEGA BLOKS teaches children how to widen the base to support a taller stack, the feeling of teetering and stability, persistence and patience in building, while receiving social encouragement.” Her quote couldn’t be more true! This is why MEGA BLOKS has always been my go-to brand over the years when purchasing toys for each one of my children.

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Are you looking to expand the Power of Play within your home? Here are 5 helpful tips for parents that will help keep playtime fun and engaging for their toddlers.

  1. Children Thrive On Routine And Predictability. Practice patience with your child by creating a set playtime and sticking with it.
  1. Create Independent Playtime Too. Help them come up with a few ideas of what they’d like to play with, and help get them set up, in order to balance “parental playtime” and “independent playtime.”
  1. Round Out Your Activities. Come up with fun ideas for activities, in a range of developmental areas!
  1. Make Good Organized Play Space. Kids need a place to play and it should be equipped with basic items, and without parental worry of noise, spills and property damage.
  • Bonus Tip: If you have more toys out and active than your child can clean up in five minutes, you have too much going on in your playroom.
  1. Let the Child Lead. When you join your child in play, let them lead the play – this is their time to explore and learn through mistakes.

* MEGA BLOKS are sold at all major Canadian retailers including: Toys R Us, Walmart, Sears, Real Canadian Super Stores and


Rediscover the Power of Play with MEGA BLOKS. Enter to win a MEGA BLOKS First Builders ABC Spell School Bus.


To enter complete the giveaway form below, and leave a comment discussing how would you help toddlers get the most out of playtime while keeping playtime fun and engaging.

*This giveaway is open to Canadian residents only. Giveaway ends on January 6, 2016 at 11:59 PM EST.

Disclosure: I was provided with MEGA BLOKS products to help facilitate this post. No other compensation was received. All opinions are those of my own.

57 Comments on Rediscover The Power of Play with MEGA BLOKS

  1. charityk
    December 16, 2015 at 9:33 pm (2 years ago)

    play with them

  2. Jeannie
    December 16, 2015 at 9:34 pm (2 years ago)

    I like to build with my toddler, but I also let me toddler pretend whatever the buildings are. Sometimes the buildings are schools and other times he says it’s a castle….all during the same play time.

  3. Judy Cowan
    December 16, 2015 at 10:21 pm (2 years ago)

    I think one of the biggest things is to take time to play with them and go along with what they are trying to do.

  4. Melanie Barclay
    December 17, 2015 at 7:33 am (2 years ago)

    The best thing for toddlers is to make time to play with them and interact with your children. They love being around us and love to play with us!

  5. Victoria Ess
    December 17, 2015 at 9:09 am (2 years ago)

    Be there and play with them!

  6. Wendy hutton
    December 17, 2015 at 9:47 am (2 years ago)

    to give them toys that will use their imagination and motor skills and have fun while ding so, like building blocks

  7. Cheryl
    December 17, 2015 at 10:41 am (2 years ago)

    I always play with him and tell him the colours or shapes or letters etc..

  8. Melinda
    December 17, 2015 at 11:04 am (2 years ago)

    Playing with them and playing age appropriate music is a great way to interact with your toddlers.

  9. Florence C
    December 17, 2015 at 11:52 am (2 years ago)

    I love to set with my nieces and nephew when they visit and play with them.

  10. lori b
    December 17, 2015 at 1:20 pm (2 years ago)

    love watching and playing with little ones, they are so cute.

  11. Jennifer P.
    December 17, 2015 at 2:15 pm (2 years ago)

    I love to let my toddler take the lead – she comes up with some crazy games, ideas etc, but there is no “wrong” way to play so I let her learn and explore and just have fun.

  12. Jill McDowell
    December 17, 2015 at 2:22 pm (2 years ago)

    This is a good set for being creative while building but you can also practice words or just learn letters

  13. naiddia p
    December 17, 2015 at 2:35 pm (2 years ago)

    I like to play with them.

  14. Anne Taylor
    December 17, 2015 at 2:36 pm (2 years ago)

    I love playing with my grandchildren and building things with them. These would be great to have!

  15. Lynda Cook
    December 17, 2015 at 2:44 pm (2 years ago)

    Play with your child, they love it!!

  16. Louise
    December 17, 2015 at 2:55 pm (2 years ago)

    I’m a big believer to get down to their level. Play with them.

  17. Gloria C
    December 17, 2015 at 3:29 pm (2 years ago)

    I like playing with them, they are so adorable and cute.

  18. Belinda McNabb
    December 17, 2015 at 4:19 pm (2 years ago)

    I would play right along with thsm

  19. Holly MacRitchie
    December 17, 2015 at 6:59 pm (2 years ago)

    We like to get books or pictures and build things we see! It makes it fun and interesting.

  20. Sunshine G
    December 17, 2015 at 7:18 pm (2 years ago)

    I put music on and we have a dance party whenever their interest starts flagging.

  21. Debbie W
    December 17, 2015 at 9:30 pm (2 years ago)

    Playing with your children but in the same breathe,giving them the space to be creative.

  22. Barb W
    December 18, 2015 at 12:23 am (2 years ago)

    By setting up the environment in a way that is fun and stimulating!

  23. Tanis
    December 18, 2015 at 12:44 am (2 years ago)

    We have a variety of different activities today and go to a lot of different ones. We like to keep it fun!

  24. Dana Miller
    December 18, 2015 at 4:48 am (2 years ago)

    I help toddlers get the most out of playtime while keeping playtime fun and engaging by allowing creativity and imagination to lead the way.

  25. kathy downey
    December 19, 2015 at 10:14 pm (2 years ago)

    We like to change things up and keep them interested

  26. Maritess S
    December 20, 2015 at 3:00 am (2 years ago)

    Just playing with them at their level (sitting on the floor)

  27. Jonnie
    December 20, 2015 at 4:40 am (2 years ago)

    I look for toys that combine education with creativity

  28. Nate Fuller
    December 20, 2015 at 9:00 am (2 years ago)

    I let them dictate the games or toys they want to play.

  29. Juliee Fitze
    December 20, 2015 at 5:18 pm (2 years ago)

    By joining them in what they are playing at.

  30. SueSueper
    December 21, 2015 at 6:27 am (2 years ago)

    Toddlers get the most out of interaction along side of imaginary play, so I would be playing with them.

  31. SweetPanda
    December 21, 2015 at 12:40 pm (2 years ago)

    I play with them whenever I am able to and interact with them. Also, like when playing, I will point to colours and shape and get them to learn while playing

  32. angela september
    December 21, 2015 at 12:49 pm (2 years ago)

    have music playing is a must in our house! 🙂 and also being fully engaged and interactive

  33. ashleigh swerdfeger
    December 21, 2015 at 1:24 pm (2 years ago)

    By letting children play often- playing is how children learn 🙂

  34. Erinn Lishman
    December 21, 2015 at 8:13 pm (2 years ago)

    Playtime with my toddlers was all about letting go and having fun. My favourite thing to do was to have a dance party!

  35. lisa mclain
    December 22, 2015 at 1:57 pm (2 years ago)

    I always play with my son ! We like building stuff together !

  36. Marla
    December 23, 2015 at 12:43 am (2 years ago)

    By being present & focusing on them

  37. Christine Topley
    December 24, 2015 at 1:42 pm (2 years ago)

    How would you help toddlers get the most out of playtime while keeping playtime fun and engaging?

    I think it would depend on the age of the child. I always let my son guide me in what he wanted to do. Whether it was painting, building or pretending to bake by making mud pies. I always let his imagination take hold. I never let my desires take over in whatever he was trying to build or make. If he said it was a horse, that’s what is was.

  38. M
    December 25, 2015 at 3:48 am (2 years ago)

    play with them

  39. Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard
    December 25, 2015 at 6:05 pm (2 years ago)

    talk about colours and shapes

  40. Carey Hurst
    December 27, 2015 at 2:48 pm (2 years ago)

    I just let my toddler play , whatever he decides he wants to imagine and play I go with it , children learn more from play then anything else so he does what ever he does and i go along .

  41. lynn clayton
    December 28, 2015 at 9:13 pm (2 years ago)

    let them use there imagination and playt with them

  42. Athena
    December 28, 2015 at 9:29 pm (2 years ago)

    Play with them.

  43. Silvia D
    December 29, 2015 at 1:18 pm (2 years ago)

    love toplay with the little ones, make little games like counting, colors..just let them be creative.

  44. Angela Mitchell
    December 30, 2015 at 2:09 am (2 years ago)

    I get down on the floor with my son and let him take the lead. When the time is right I think of a fun element to add to our playtime.

    • Angela Mitchell
      December 30, 2015 at 2:15 am (2 years ago)

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  45. margo b
    December 31, 2015 at 10:53 am (2 years ago)

    If i was the winner of this giveaway, I would give this to my nephew who has 3 kids under the age of 5, I think the kids would love it 🙂 thanks for the chance

  46. Amber Y
    January 1, 2016 at 12:37 am (2 years ago)

    There are so many ways to turn games into learning activities. Playtime + Learning is usually a win win.

  47. Rene
    January 1, 2016 at 2:20 pm (2 years ago)

    Have playdates – it’s easier on everyone, and they learn so much from others!

  48. Mandy
    January 1, 2016 at 3:23 pm (2 years ago)

    We use educational games so its fun but they’re also learning.

  49. angie andrews
    January 1, 2016 at 4:05 pm (2 years ago)

    I get down on the floor with the kids

  50. Monique L.S.
    January 1, 2016 at 10:57 pm (2 years ago)

    Any activity where a child can use their imagination and explore new things helps them learn new skills.

  51. Dianne G.
    January 2, 2016 at 12:45 am (2 years ago)

    If you give them a space to play in that is warm and comfortable with toys at their level and small tables and chairs they can enjoy their play time. If you join them for part of the time and then just sit with them while they play they will get more from play time. I love showing my grandchildren how toys work and then watching them try to do it on their own.

  52. Catherine R.
    January 2, 2016 at 4:10 pm (2 years ago)

    The most important thing is to play with them using games and activities that they can use their imagination with.

  53. Tammy Dalley
    January 2, 2016 at 11:31 pm (2 years ago)

    Interacting with them with the toys they are playing with

  54. crystal porter
    January 4, 2016 at 12:33 am (2 years ago)

    Encourage them to use their imagination.

  55. Pat Drouillard
    January 4, 2016 at 12:43 am (2 years ago)

    Stay with them and play and teach them.

  56. Robyn Bellefleur
    January 4, 2016 at 1:05 pm (2 years ago)

    By joining in with them and letting them take the lead as to what we are playing.


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