The Scripps National Spelling Bee receives a small commission from the purchase of any products or services through an affiliate link to the retailer's website.

Learn by Doing with These Dramatic Play Toys

Cute kids play at toy kitchen. Three kids play role game at nursery.

Experience is one of the best teachers, and many experts agree that younger children learn better by playing than through more traditional structured learning tactics. Playing pretend can improve a child’s social skills, help them understand the world around them and encourage inquisitive tendencies. Spark your little explorer’s mind with these pretend play toy sets.

We like this pretend play toy set because it also comes with play money to help children learn about the values of coin and paper denominations.

Best for Sharing

Along with a pizza, this pretend play toy set comes with toppings, a pizza oven, pizza cutter, spatula, a register, money, a menu and even a faux mustache and chef’s hat for a touch of cuteness.

Along with the vest, this pretend play toy set comes with a miniature tackle box, a working fishing rod, three fish, three bait “worms” and a net so kids can get a fresh catch of the day.

We like that this ice cream shop pretend play toy set helps children learn about money and how to make change. This adorable pick also comes with a credit card.

We like that each costume in this pretend play toy set comes with job-appropriate accessories to help your children imagine themselves in those roles.

Expert Commentary

Pretend play is a crucial component in kids’ development and these fun toys are a great way to engage your child’s imagination. My kids are big fans of playing with kitchen toys since we all love to cook together!

Our Expert Consultant

Melissa Spurling

Melissa holds a doctorate in pharmacy and is a home educator, co-teaching a high school chemistry class and a primary school class. Having taught two of her own children to read, write and traverse Singapore Math, Melissa has spent hundreds, if not thousands of hours researching and testing curriculum.


About The Author

Dorian Smith-Garcia

Dorian Smith-Garcia is a bridal and beauty expert/influencer and the creative director behind The Anti Bridezilla. She is a diverse writer across beauty, fashion, travel, consumer goods, and tech. When Dorian’s not writing she’s collecting stamps in her passport, learning new languages, or spending time with her husband and daughter.


The Scripps National Spelling Bee receives a small commission from the purchase of any products or services through an affiliate link to the retailer's website.