The process of pretending builds skills in many essential developmental areas. Your children are actively experimenting with the social and emotional roles of life.

Through cooperative play, they learn how to take turns, share responsibility, and creatively problem-solve. Children reenact their experiences in the adult world and begin to make sense of it when they pretend.

Pretend play will evolve as your child matures.  It’ll begin with they play with objects as they are meant to be used, such as a car on the floor, a toothbrush in their mouth, or a spoon to feed the baby. By age two, your child will use objects to build new things such as cardboard (to build a fort) or blocks (to build a house). By age three they’ll be in full dramatic play, with roles for people to play, and emotions to share.  (A word of caution ... Your child will mimic what they hear! Be mindful!)

Kids learn about the world through pretend play. Open-ended and pretend play sets are just the tools they need to help them accomplish this! It is often said that play is the most important work of early childhood. As grown-ups, we provide imaginative and pretend play items that encourage children to discover their world in their own way.

This selection of toys makes it easy to gift toddlers, preschoolers, kindergartners, and elementary age children toys that will help them think creatively.

These are our best pretend play items! They are tried, tested, and true! We love toys that will grow with your child as they develop more independence and skills. Pretend play toys open up the imagination. We love watching children create fun scenarios, develop stories, and act them out for us!

Battat Take-Apart Crane - Construction Toys for Kids $44.99
Battat Big Red Barn - Farm Toys for Toddlers $54.99
Thin Air Brands 3-in-1 Burger Car Playset $39.99
Ravensburger BRIO Christmas Train Set Sold Out
Butterfly Fairy - Klee Kids Natural Mineral Makeup Kit Sold Out
Mermaid Star - Klee Kids Natural Mineral Makeup Kit $29.99
Corolle Girls Nature & Adventure Dressing Room $27.99
Corolle Girls Fantasy Unicorn Dressing Room $27.99
Corolle Girls Music & Fashion Dressing Room $27.99
Corolle Girls Romantic Dressing Room $27.99
Corolle Doll Carriage and Diaper Bag - Pretend Play Toys Sold Out
US Toy Company Farming Fun Tractor - Farm Toys for Toddlers $39.99
Battat Geared to Steer Driving Wheel $44.99
Corolle Girls: Zoe Nature & Adventure Doll Set $29.99
Corolle Girls: Luna Unicorn Doll Set Sold Out
Corolle Girls: Valentine Ballerina Doll Set Sold Out

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