Mia has a deep love for all things Playmobil, ever since her first vet set when she was about five and it included such marvels as cats and dogs and mini bandages and a scanner with X-ray slides.
As a Playmobil ambassador, over the years she’s since been sent the Zoo, the Horse stables and the Country farm house (there is a distinct animal theme here!) all of which she still plays with much to my dismay when it completely takes over the house and I find lions fraternising with sheep and teeny tiny meerkat food pellets all over the floor.
For yes, she likes to mix and match her sets.
And this year, for the first time, she has built one from scratch all by herself. She took herself off to the conservatory and after a couple of hours of deep concentration and instruction reading, created her set.
And I’m pretty sure she considers it a bit of a milestone.
Every now and again I would pop my head around and ask if she needed any help and she’d say yes please and I’d sit at the table and look at her progress.
Then she’d decide that actually she didn’t need or want me and this was her baby and she was going to get through it alone.
This time around she was sent the Mountain Rescue Helicopter (£19.99) and the Alpine Cable Car (£49.99) – a complete departure from her usual animal-themed sets.
The cable car proved a bit of a head scratcher when she realised that it would have to be sited on two levels to work, but she attached one end of the cable run to the conservatory window ledge (it comes with a clever little ‘bolt’ to attach it) and the other end on the floor below.
So now the baby elephant can get from the conservatory floor to the window ledge with ease on his way to the zoo . . .
Phew, thank goodness for that.
She also wanted everyone to see that it does actually work. Oh yes, and that she did it . . .