Pretend play is extremely important for kids to engage in, and you can help facilitate your child’s imagination by giving them lots of imaginative toys to play with.
Pretend play builds social/emotional skills, language skills, thinking skills, and is the way that children make sense of real life situations around them. Young children learn best by imagining and doing.
We’ve put together a list of some of the best imaginative toys for preschoolers. These are great gifts for birthdays or holidays.
Gift Guide: Imaginative Toys for Preschoolers
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This Little Tikes Super Chef Kitchen is compact, stylish, and makes playing “house” so much fun and realistic!
Let your child pretend to be their own doctor with this amazing Learning Resources Play Doctor Kit. Contains everything they need to be their own Doc McStuffins or their own doctor.
Kids love dressing up, so why not let them dress up as a fisherman with this Pretend Play Fishing Set? Also makes a great bathtub toy!
I just love this pretend Wash and Dry Dish Set! It’s a great addition to any play kitchen, or you can put it in a sink full of water and let them really practice washing dishes!
This Supermarket Cash Register is so fun to play with and it actually works, so they are learning calculator skills without even realizing! Add some plastic grocery bags and you’ve got your own supermarket!
Finally an awesome Tea Set that inspires imagination! This tea set is made from recycled milk jugs, is FDA approved to eat and drink from, and does not contain BPA, phthalates, or lead paint. Tea time, anyone?
I have a pretend Cleaning Supplies Set in my classroom, and it engages my preschoolers for hours! The classroom has actually never looked so clean!
This new BBQ Grill Set from Melissa and Doug is quite possibly the cutest pretend set I’ve ever seen!
I can’t get over how adorable this Ice Cream Shoppe is! What a great gift for siblings! It comes with 6 Scoops of Ice Cream with Cones, Popsicles, Ice Cream Scooper, and More!
My little boy had this Black and Decker Work Bench, and really enjoyed pretending to be just like Daddy!
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