Best Pretend-Play Toys

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This fantastic pretend kitchen will have everything a child needs for playtime, including a fridge, ice maker/freezer, dishwasher, microwave, oven, sink and stovetop. The fridge door has a chalkboard finish on it so kids can write messages, drawings and notes while they play. To make playtime even more realistic, the ice maker dispenses fake ice blocks, and the appliances make realistic clicking sounds when used. Two pots, three utensils and four ice blocks are included in this set. This kitchen is designed with kids 3 and older in mind and takes about 90 minutes to assemble.

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Kids love the kitchen, but it can be hard for them to help out and stay safe. With this set, kids can safely play in the kitchen with their own utensils, cookware and fake food. They’ll feel like a chef as they play alongside mom or dad cooking. This 23-piece set includes stainless steel pots and pans, a colander, stainless steel and wooden utensils, an apron and chef hat, a potholder and vegetables. This toy is designed for kids 3 and older and boosts their imaginative, creative and imitation skills.

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What child doesn’t love ice cream? With this set from Battat, kids can enjoy their favorite treat every time they play. Included in this set is everything needed for a child to set up an imaginary ice cream parlor. These include a pretend ice cream scoop, ice cream, fruit and imaginary syrup to pour on top. One of the most unique aspects of this set is the way the scoop can be used to pick up and place the imaginary ice cream. Not only does it make this pretend set feel more “real,” but it can also help build a child’s fine motor development. This pretend and play toy set is recommended for children ages 3 to 8 years old.

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The concept of money can be difficult for little ones to grasp, which is part of what makes this Learning Resources cash register such a great option for pretend play. The cash register comes complete with everything needed for a child to conduct pretend financial transactions with friends, including a calculator, a plastic credit card and play money. By using the money and the calculator, kids can learn important counting and math skills, and they’ll do so without even realizing they’re learning! As an added bonus, the register makes a “cha-ching!” sound that helps stimulate the senses. This option is recommended for children ages 3 to 8 years old.

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Kids will no longer see cleaning as just another chore. This set includes a mop, a duster, a broom and a dust pan, in addition to a stand to keep them all together. Kids can build confidence and they will feel a sense of accomplishment as they “clean” with these fun toys, whether they are pretending to mop the floor or dust their playroom. Another great benefit of this pretend and play toy set is that it encourages children to be active while building fine motor skills. This set is recommended for children ages 3 to 5 years old.

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A real kitchen is not generally a safe place for little ones, however fascinating it may be. With this playset, kids will have their own kitchen where they can cook up their imaginary creations. Because it is large enough for many children to play in and around, it is great for promoting social play and cooperation. Additionally, as caretakers play with kids, they can teach them the names of the various kitchen gadgets and even help them learn to spell slightly more complex words like “microwave” or “refrigerator.” This set is recommended for children ages 3 to 6 years old.

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Fears about visits to the doctor’s office or the dentist are unfortunately common among young children, which is why this is such a valuable pretend and play set. It comes with a wide variety of items and tools that caretakers can use to teach children more about what to expect at the doctor’s office. Meanwhile, by becoming more familiar with medical and dental tools, kids can begin to overcome their fears and worries. The many tools in the set can even be used to teach children important skills such as brushing their teeth and can help them learn the importance of taking medicine when it is needed. This set is recommended for children ages 3 to 6 years old.

Expert Commentary

“These play sets let your children imitate real life scenarios in a fun, safe fashion. Children learn by doing, and when they see you cleaning, cooking or doing adult things, they are fascinated and want to learn how to do things themselves. My child especially loves the doctor play set, and it’s also helped alleviate her anxiety when she visits the doctor!”