The Nap Time Hustle: Self Play, Earning Free Time & Lightseekers Review

So here’s the deal. I have two boys age 3 {Brooks will be 4 in January} and 2.

One naps. One doesn’t.

Most days. 

And since preschool has started up, after a summer with a lot less structure than normal {which I believe is normal for summer fun} we have had a bit of a struggle getting back into the groove.

When Graham takes his nap {ahem – most days} I like to have an activity, a little quiet time and a bit of a reward for Brooks – something that he really wants to do – if he checks a few things off his chore chart and cooperates.

We do puzzles, play board games, do spelling + number + writing activities and then I give Brooks a little quiet time with books – I think this is super important for him to sit and relax and unwind a bit after a busy morning. It’s also important for him to have a little time to himself, where he isn’t depending on me or Graham to entertain him.

Self-Play is a good thing for kids to learn and be able to do! But it’s important to acknowledge that at 3 years old, it’s hard for Brooks to sit still for very long. So I usually set a timer we both agree on, and after he has a little quiet time – he gets to pick something HE wants to do for a little while {usually at the end of Graham’s nap}

And let’s just say that ever since Mari the Lightseeker showed up at our door { Thanks Tomy!} he has been picking this for us to play every.time!

Why does Brooks love his Lightseeker, you might ask? The cool thing about this is that you, the player, can use the action figure as an actual controller. And for a 3 {almost 4} year old who loves to play video games – that’s all sorts of awesome. Lightseekers are built for mobile devices and they interact with each other and your device via bluetooth.

I try not to allow too much screen time for the boys. It’s something they have to earn at the end of the day – usually while I get dinner ready. I’m trying to make them {and me} more intentional about it – on the television and with tablets. But I have to say that this Lightseeker game is so much fun to play together.

Brooks and I carve out some time each day while Graham naps to do something fun together – and since he’s in the process of learning to read, we play this game together so he knows what’s going on – and I really like it too! You insert your hero – in our case, Mari,  into the Lightseekers video game and he comes to life with lights, sounds, speech, and vibrations which respond to and help guild your gameplay.

Seriously, how cool is it that you can use the action figure to play the game?

Another reason we keep this as a nap time toy is because if Graham got his hands on it, he would never let it go – but obviously he isn’t old enough to really play it. Brooks loves that it’s something special we play together – and again, what kid wouldn’t love playing their action figure in the video game in front of them?

Definitely something really different and fun to keep your eye out for as the holidays approach!

Brooks approved!

If you have a little one that naps and an older one that doesn’t how do you spend your nap time?

I’d love to hear about it! Please share!

Disclosure: TOMY sent me a sample of Lightseekers to review. All opinions are my own. 

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  • Reply Patty October 20, 2017 at 6:51 am

    Wow, what an awesome toy! Brooks you are so lucky…

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