Pretend play gives children the opportunity to experiment with language and learn the power that it has and how it affects people. Going through the process of pretending, whether it be pretending to be a cook, fireman, or nurse, builds many essential developmental areas.
When your little one engages in pretend play, they are exploring the social and emotional roles that they may see each day.
Another important skill that they are learning and developing while they are pretend-playing is the art of cooperative play, they learn how to take turns, share responsibility and problem solve.
Here are some of the best on the market currently that give children the opportunity to pretend to be many different things.
Best Pretend Playsets for preschoolers.
Step2 Mixin’ up Magic Kitchen
This is one of the best kitchens on the market, it is loaded with every conceivable extra that you find in a kitchen. It comes complete with a smoothie maker, popcorn maker, and pet feeding station.
The open design provides the opportunity for multiple children to play together, building social skills and practicing sharing and compromise.
The kitchen comes complete with everything to get you started, all you would need is a quick trip to the grocery store as food is not included with this package.
Play is only limited by your child’s imagination, they can be mom or dad cooking lunch at home, working in a busy cafe serving customers or running a fancy restaurant kitchen.
Once playtime is over multiple hooks and recycling bins help to keep it all tidy ready for the next play session.
Little Tykes Kitchen Cook ‘n Grow Grill set
This lovely little grill set comes with everything you need for the perfect BBQ pretend play.
It comes with a realistic starter button and knobs that can be turned.
Melissa & Doug Fresh Mart Grocery Store
This is another well thought out toy from a company that appears to be taking into consideration not only the environmental factors of their toys, as the vast majority are made from natural materials but they are also considering the stages of development for each of their toys. NBC called their toys “the gold standard in early childhood play”.
The freestanding child-sized grocery store is perfect for this age group as they pretend to be the customer and browse the shelves for their shopping needs while on the other side the grocer can ring up purchases with his real sound scanner and hand-cranked conveyor belt. It also has a realistic card swipe machine just like mom and dad use.
The grocery store has been designed with safety in mind as all corners and edges are smooth and rounded.
The only drawback with this product is that it does not come with accessories such as food, money or dressing up outfits. These would have to be purchased separately and cost $24.99 but can be bought as a package from Amazon.