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20 of the best pretend play toys for kids

There are so many ways that kids can learn and grow through make-believe play. Pretend play toys for kids helps create a safe place for your child to experiment and mimic language and activities that they see or experience. Pretend play is such an important role in your child’s development and encourages them to use their imagination to create a fun make-believe scenario right there in your own home.

If you’re looking for a few great toys that help foster a love of creativity and are great for pretend play, you’re going to want to make sure you pick up some of these toys and tools for your kids!

  1. Melissa and Doug Scoop and Serve Ice Cream Counter
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The ice cream counter not only helps with creativity skills but also maths, as it includes 6 $1 bills!

2. Wooden Detachable Toy Cleaning Set

Kids can help with chores and responsibility whilst unleashing their imagination with the wooden detachable toy cleaning set.

3. Ben Franklin Toys Kids Talking ATM Machine

The kids can learn a bit more about banking and money with their own pocket money as they can use real money with the talking ATM!

4. Learning Resources Pretend & Play Calculator Cash Register

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Another fun toy including money; this cash register is perfect to learn how to compute and handle money.

5. Gi-Go Deluxe Shopping Cart and Cash Register Set

A complete shopping experience for the kids with a trolley, food, cash register, and money! This is perfect for role playing.

6. Click N’ Play 8Piece Girls Pretend Play Purse

A fun set of accessories for your kid to play pretend with their own mobile and car keys!

7. JOYIN Kids Doctor Kit 31 Pieces Pretend-n-Play Dentist Medical Kit

Perfect for the little future dentist! This kit includes all the supplies for your child to have their own dental practice. A pretend one, of course.

8. Melissa & Doug Abby & Emma Magnetic Dress-Up

Keep the kids engaged with this hands-on wooden magnetic dress up set. Perfect for the fashion lover in your house.

9. Learning Resources Farmer’s Market Color Sorting Set

Take a trip to the farmer’s market with this set that includes crates and different coloured vegetables and fruits for your kids to sort.

10. Toy Choi’s Pretend Play Series Standard Workbench Toy Tool Play Set

The little fixer upper in your house can have all of their tools at the ready with the workbench and toy tools.

11. Melissa & Doug Vroom & Zoom Interactive Wooden Dashboard Pretend Play Driving Toy

Unleash their creativity behind the wheel with the fun and interactive wooden dashboard, they’re bound to have lots of fun!

12. Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Sweet Manners Tea Set

Every kid (especially in Britain) should have their own little tea set, right?! This “magical” one helps with shapes, colours and manners.

13. Sunny Days Entertainment Blue Ribbon Champions Deluxe Toy Horses

This realistic horse set makes horse sounds when you push down it’s head, as well as having all the accessories for the mane and tale to be brushed.

14. Little Tikes First Fridge Refrigerator with Ice Dispenser Pretend Play Appliance

Little ones can really immerse themselves in role play with this fridge freezer with an ice dispenser and all the accessories you’ll need.

15. Melissa & Doug Take-Along Tool Kit

The first tool set and bench we should you was very cute, but if your little one wants to be a mobile fixer this set is perfect!

16. Melissa & Doug Fold & Go Barn

Promote imaginative play with this set that includes 7 realistic farm animals!

17. Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Grow-the-Fun Garden to Kitchen

This farm to table set grows with your kids! One side gives them the chance to sort fruits and veggies whilst the kitchen side allows for some meal prep fun!

18. Step2 Fun with Friends Kitchen

This deluxe kitchen set comes complete with realistic stovetop lights, coffee-maker station, and even pretend appliances.

19. Melissa & Doug Slice-and-Bake Wooden Cookie Play Food Set

Have your little ones play along whilst you bake with their own baking and wooden cookie set. The set comes complete with sliceable cookies!

20. Casdon – Dyson Ball Vacuum Toy

This fantastic replica of a Dyson Ball toy vacuum. This vacuum actually picks up fluff, eva beads, and paper hole punches.

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