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The 12 Best Pretend Play Sets For Kids To Encourage Imagination

The best pretend play sets can aid to inspire your child’s imagination and creativity if you’re trying to achieve that. Consider your child’s hobbies while selecting the best choice for them, and use those as a guide to create a theme and toys that will be exciting for them. To determine whether the play set is suitable and safe for your child, you should also pay attention to the manufacturer’s age guidelines.

Finally, think about the size and quantity of the play set’s parts. Make sure you have ample toy storage for it all because larger playsets or selections with lots of parts will take up more space in your home, and opt for smaller sets or ones that can be broken down if needed.

There are a ton of pretend play sets with a variety of themes available on Amazon, which is wonderful since it ensures that you’ll discover something that sparks your child’s creativity. Kids who love adventures may take particular interest in toys that bring the outdoors in (on into the backyard), such as pretend camping sets, boats, or garden-themed picks. Little sous chefs may find play sets that incorporate food, such as play kitchens, tea sets, grocery stores, and pizza-making sets, to be entertaining.

Your child could love a grooming play set, a cleaning set, or even a tool bench if you see that they prefer to imitate what you do around the house. A medical kit, for instance, is a good choice for educating your child for situations they could face in the real world. Also perennial favorites are timeless items like wooden dollhouses.


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Something about pretend play

Pretend play has many names. Some of these names are: imaginative play, creative play, make‐
believe play, fantasy play.

Examples of pretend play are: being superheroes, playing ‘mummies and daddies’, playing shopping,
dress‐ups, playing flying to the moon, tea‐parties, playing trucks in the sandpit and playing with dolls
and teddies to name a few.

Pretend play begins anytime from 11 months to 18 months (in typically developing children) and
starts to change into other types of play any time from 10 to 12 years. It becomes very noticeable
when children turn 4 years old because at 4 years old children can play out a play scene over several
days and adults start to notice it.


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When children are playing pretend they are playing ‘as if’ something or someone is real. They are
creating a situation where there is more going on that what is literally happening. For example, a
child might be placing a cup to the doll’s mouth and then lying the doll in a bed ‐ but to the child, the
doll is alive and really drinking (and it might even burp) and when the doll is put in the bed, the doll
is really sleeping – and so the child will have to wait until the doll wakes up.

Pretend play is a thinking skill. To pretend in play, children have to understand the meaning of what
is happening. In order to do this, there are 3 thinking abilities that are used very often in pretending.
These are:

• Children use objects and pretend they are something else (for example, the box is a bed),

• Children attribute properties to objects (for example, the tea is ‘hot’ or the teddy is
‘sleeping’ or the truck is ‘fast’); and

• Children refer to invisible objects (for example, there is a door in a certain space, or there is
a dog near the doll (but the dog is invisible)).
Pretend play also involves

• Playing with an object as if that object is alive (this is also called decentring). For example, to
the child the teddy is a living, breathing being. The teddy can talk to them, and it listens, it
has a life of its own. In Australia, many boys don’t play with dolls or teddies but they will
have something that is special to them such as car that might be real to them and might
have feelings, or a soft toy like a dog that is special to them.

• Playing out a character in role play. For example, a child might pretend they are delivering
the post, or selling food at a shop, or being a mother, or being a policeman, or being a
doctor and so on. To do this children are learning what that particular person says and does.

• Playing out a story that is logical and sequential. From late 3 years and onwards, children
also add problems to their stories so they are also learning about cause and effect. For
example, if there is a problem (for example, I can’t find the keys to the car), then they need
to solve it (for example, look everywhere for the keys, or call a taxi, or walk the doll to the
shops instead of driving in the car or ask another doll to drive them).


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Top 12 best pretend play for your kids:

1. A Writer-Approved Medical Kit Play Set-Best pretend play

2. A Fan-Favorite Cleaning Play Set-Best pretend play

3. A Highly Rated Wooden Play Kitchen-Best pretend play

4. A Camping Set To Bring The Outdoors In-Best pretend play


5. A Plastic Tea Set-Best pretend play

6. A Pretend Grocery Store-Best pretend play

7. A Large Pirate Ship Play Set That Folds For Storage-Best pretend play

8. A Wooden Dollhouse With Furniture-Best pretend play

9. A 75-Piece Tool Bench-Best pretend play

10. A Play-Doh Pizza-Making Set-Best pretend play

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