Pretend Play Toys Role in Child Development

What is pretend play?

Feeding a doll with a toy fork or making a toy airplane “fly” are examples of pretend play. At this time, children also imitate common adult behaviors, such as pretending to converse on a toy telephone. Without an object, children may act out their fantasies. (They can act as if their hand is a cup and drink from it.)
Imaginative play, often known as make-believe, happens when a kid role-plays events of interest, such as ‘playing school’ with their toys. Children can play imaginatively alone or with others. There are numerous advantages to imaginative play for a child’s development.

The term “imagination” recalls pictures of youngsters playing with dolls, pulling dump trucks, or dressing up as princesses or pirates. While young children do spend a significant amount of time in the realm of make-believe, the imagination is not limited to children’s play. Adults are able to perform many of the activities that everyday life necessitates due to the development of the imagination throughout infancy.

How does pretend play help a child’s development?

Children learn to negotiate, consider others’ perspectives, transfer knowledge from one situation to another, delay gratification, balance their own ideas with others, develop a plan and act on it, explore symbolism, express and listen to thoughts and ideas, assign tasks and roles, and so on through pretend play. 

Children
  • Learn about themselves and the world around them. 
  • Sort out perplexing, frightening, or unexpected life situations. 
  • Acquire critical complicated social and higher order cognitive skills. 
  • Social and emotional intelligence are developed in children. 
  • Combine their knowledge and skills.

Some reasons to encourage pretend play:

To foster imagination and creativity, consider the following: 
Increases a child’s capacity to be flexible and then creative. 
Aids in the development of social and emotional skills: 
Enhances language and communication abilities 
Improves thinking, learning, and problem-solving skills 
Physical growth is aided

Preschoolers, aged 3 to 5, are better capable of creating roles for their pretend play. Their play becomes more sociable, and they love role-playing. They assign roles to themselves and others, typically with a preconceived purpose, such as pretending to be at the doctor’s office or having a tea party.

As parents, we only want what is best for our children, thus here are 12 pretend play toys for you to consider.

2 in 1 Kitchen and Cafe Pretend Cooking Playset

  • 2-in-1 Cooking Play Set: The 2-side design of this pretend cooking play set provides children with a complete immersive role-playing experience. One side is a kitchen for cooking and the other side is a diner with 2 seats for rest and eating. Kids can cook meals or coffee for friends and parents, improving their hands-on skills while experiencing more fun.
  • Complete & Realistic Kitchen Set: Equipped with most kitchen utensils, this cooking toy set can bring your kids a realistic cooking experience. And when you turn the knob, it will make real click sounds. What’s more, roomy storage space is enough for kids to keep the kitchen accessories neat and orderly, helping them develop good habits.
  • Safe Material & Sturdy Construction: Made of superior MDF material which is more durable than plastic, our educational kitchen cooking toy which has passed ASTM standard is sturdy and safe for kids to play. Besides, the surface is covered with non-toxic and eco-friendly paint which won’t do harm to kids and will provide a safe playing environment
  • Easy to Assemble & Clean: This kid’s kitchen set comes with a clear and brief instruction, which has straight forward illustrations and descriptions. Each screw and pin has its own code to let you easily understand the assembly progress. And the smooth surface is very easy to clean just with a damp cloth.
  • Perfect Gift for Kids: This diner set not only brings kids much more fun playing fascinating roles as chefs or gourmets but also cultivates kids’ cognitive ability, hands-on and social skills. Featuring a lovely appearance and attractive patterns, it is a perfect gift for your children over 3 years old to create hours of fun playing time.

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2 in 1 Kitchen and Cafe Pretend Cooking Playset

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Wooden Kids Kitchen with Washing Machine

  • Pretend Cooking Set: Coming with most kitchen appliances, this kid kitchen includes a washing machine, microwave, oven, sink, gas stoves, and knobs with a click sound, so your lovely child can be immersed in the simulation cooking game for a long time. At the same time, you can have more leisure time to enjoy yourself.
  • Ample Storage Space: Different sizes of cabinets with doors, the bottom open shelf, and the side towel rack can be used to store a variety of toys in order to solve the problem of insufficient toy storage space. The suction buckle design on the door can easily close the door in time to avoid dust accumulation and save energy to clean up.
  • Durable Material & Sturdy Frame: With durable engineered wood and PP, this kid kitchen features a more sturdy and stable frame, which can be absolutely safe to use. The smooth surface of the pretend kitchen playset for kids can effectively protect children from scratches and falls. In addition, the set is certified by ASTM to ensure kids’ health.
  • Multiple Purposes in One Design: This kid kitchen with a clock not only allows children to experience the fun of cooking but also increases children’s knowledge of time and some precautions when using kitchen utensils. What’s more, it can develop creativity and social skills while enjoying a happy childhood.
  • Interesting & Abundant Accessories: In order to let your children experience the most authentic cooking, this children’s kitchen comes with a complete set of accessories, including a pot with a lid, a pan, 3 cooking utensils. The necessary parts and instructions are accompanied by the package to facilitate your assembly. , Stovetop, Oven, Microwave, Removable Sink, Stoves w/ Knobs, Open Shelf, Ample Cabinets, Realistic Cooking Experience for Boys Girls

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Wooden Kids Kitchen with Washing Machine
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Grocery Store Playset Pretend Play Supermarket Shopping Set

  • Imaginative Supermarket Play: This supermarket playset is designed for inspiring little customers to browse the shelves, pretend to shop and checkout with a “cashier”. You can choose snacks and put them in the shopping cart. The “cashier” scans the code with a scanner, swipes your credit, and takes out the coins for your change.
  • Convenient Versatility: You can teach children about money and how to calculate it through the cute cashier game set. And the child can play with friends and siblings to develop social skills and hand-eye coordination. This educational pretend play toy will encourage kids to stimulate their imagination and creativity.
  • Perfect Gift for Kids: This compact grocery store toy comes with a movable shopping cart, a scanner, a card swipe machine, a credit card, and 5 wooden coins. Rich accessories give toddlers infinite pleasure and learning desire. The pretend play set is a perfect gift for kids more than 3 years old.
  • Humanized Design: There are multi-layer open shelves to place various snacks, drinks, fruits, etc. And you can write daily specials on the blackboard to attract customers. This wooden grocery store is equipped with a small refrigerator with a handle and door stopper to cold different treats.
  • Safe & Premium Material: Made of high-quality P2 MDF and solid pine wood, this children’s cashier toy is sturdy and wear-resistant for long-term use. It has no burr and will not hurt kids’skin. Besides, the smooth edges and curved corners ensure good safety.

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Grocery Store Playset Pretend Play Supermarket Shopping Set
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Kid’s Outdoor Wooden Pretend Cook Kitchen Playset Toy

  • Imaginative Kitchen Play: Let your child’s imagination run to mix mud, sand and twigs for a perfect treat. Mud pies and puddle pops will be on the menu. Besides, kids can rotate the faucet to wash vegetables and fruits, pour the dirty water out of the basin and more.
  • Safe and Premium Material: Made of natural solid fir wood, this kitchen cooking toy is environmentally friendly and durable for long-term use. It has no burr and will not hurt kids’ skin. And the plastic tap and basin are non-toxic and odorless for safe use.
  • Convenient Versatility: This kids play kitchen is very suitable for outdoor use, such as garden, backyard, park, etc. With this educational kitchen toy, children can be a chef to cook with their friends, improving the social skills and stimulating their imagination and creativity.
  • Perfect Gift for Kids: This multifunctional outdoor play kitchen is an ideal childhood gift for children more than 3 years old. It gives toddlers infinite pleasure and learning desire. Parents can play with their children to improve good parent-child relationship.
  • Easy to Assemble: This wooden mud kitchen comes with a clear and brief instruction, which has straight forward illustrations and descriptions. Each screw and part has its own code to let you easily understand the assembly progress, taking you little time and energy.

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Kid’s Outdoor Wooden Pretend Cook Kitchen Playset Toy

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Wooden Pretend Cooking Food Set with Simulated Sound

  • Eco-friendly & Safe Construction: Crafted with durable MDF materials, our educational cooking toy is praised for its high-quality and safety (ASTM certified). All materials are odorless and non-toxic, so your kids can enjoy their new toy straight out from the box.
  • Complete Kitchen Set: It is equipped with the majority of kitchen utensils, such as a refrigerator with blackboard, sink, stove, water dispenser, pan, pot, seasoning bottles, etc. Spacious open shelves and enclosed cabinets are enough for storing all your essentials in one place. Moreover, on the left of the kitchen, there is a towel rack for hanging cloth.
  • Real Cooking Experience: Keep pressing the water dispenser, and you will hear the sound of flowing water. Besides, the pretend stove burner with lights and sounds makes this kitchen set even more fun! It will help in developing recognition, manipulative ability, and creativity.
  • Easy to Assemble & Clean: All hardware parts and a detailed instructional manual are included in the package. The aluminum sink can be easily removed for more convenient cleaning. Covered with a smooth veneer, this kitchen set is also easy to clean. Simply wipe it with a damp cloth and you will be set to go.
  • Ideally Creative Gift: With this kitchen playset, children can not only practice their cooking skills but also spend quality time with their parents. It is intended for children ages three and up. It is the best gift for your kids’ birthday!

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Wooden Pretend Cooking Food Set with Simulated Sound

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Vintage Play Kitchen Pretend Kids Cooking Playset Toys with Water Dispense


  • Highly Realistic Appearance: The realistic kid kitchen will provide your little one with an authentic cooking experience, which features a stove, sink, fridge, clock and knobs with sound. The water dispenser is designed with light and sound effects, which realistically simulate pouring water. Additionally, this kitchen toy set can avoid the dangers of real kitchens.
  • Large Space for Storage: Various cabinets help eliminate storage problems to keep the room tidy. Cabinets with doors and a drawer can offer ample space to store toys without dust. Additionally, 2 cabinets with glass can increase visibility. Meanwhile, there are 2 open shelves for easy access to frequently used items.
  • Safe Material & Stable Frame: In order to ensure your safety, the selected engineered wood and PP have passed ASTM certification, so these kids pretend cooking food playset is absolutely safe to use. Compared with a plastic children’s kitchen, this kitchen toy set features a more stable structure and provides longer service.
  • Educational Kitchen Toy: This carefully crafted kitchen toy set is a good way for your children to learn about cooking and time recognition through fun role-playing games. The kitchen set allows your kids to share and play with friends, thereby increasing creativity while developing social interaction.
  • Complete kitchen Accessories: This wooden kitchen toy set for kids comes with various accessories, including a pot with a lid, a pan, 3 cooking utensils and a vintage telephone, therefore your kids can immerse in the joy of cooking for a long time. Besides, the user manual gives you clear installation instructions to avoid wasting too much time.

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Vintage Play Kitchen Pretend Kids Cooking Playset Toys with Water Dispense

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Wood Dollhouse Cottage with Furniture Playset for Kids

  • Gorgeous Appearance: At the first sight of this doll house, you will be impressed by its fresh bright colors. It is a fancy princess dollhouse, featuring three luxury rooms. On the open balcony, your kids can play the vintage piano. Enjoy the music together! The pictures of furniture painted on the wall are pretty vivid. No doubt, a perfect present for your child.
  • Details: Apart from its lovely appearance, this doll house is characterized by thoughtful thinking in design. Half-open roof gives a better view what is inside the doll house and easy access to furnitures. Compared to other ordinary family houses, we add one more floor in particular for your child to store little stuffs like a toy car.
  • Safety Nontoxic Parts: To make sure your child play safe, the P2 MDF boards  of the toy house all have passed EN71-1/-2/-3 and ASTM F963-11 tests and passed the standard of ATCM, a test approved by CARB whose aim is to cut down formaldehyde emission. Their surfaces were sprayed with child safe paint finish. No awful smell.
  • Used for Education: Toddlers understand the world mostly by playing. This mini house gives them a chance to decorate their own houses. Such process can inspire their imagination. The role play is also a good way to learn how to communicate or care about others. Doing so, not only will kids pick up more words and expressions, but they will develop better in cognition.
  • Good Helper for Parents: Are you still frustrated with no time to look after your little baby when you are busy working or doing housework? This dollhouse can help you a lot. Place it wherever you like. Enjoy a peaceful time alongside your kid who are playing with it. Invite several children to have fun together. No worry that your baby feel lonely.

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Wood Dollhouse Cottage with Furniture Playset for Kids

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Outdoor Garden Backyard Play Toy Kids Metal Wheelbarrow

  • Sturdy and Safe: Constructed with Stainless steel frame, The kids wheelbarrow built to withstand rough terrain, and hauls dirt, flowers, sand and leaves with ease. Seamless steel tray with no-scratch edges keeps fingers safe. Paint is an eco-friendly paint which is secure for your kids to use.
  • Non-slip Handle: It offers your kids a comfortable sense while they push, pull or dump the contents and they can maneuver conveniently.
  • All Terrain Wheels: Rolling wheels encourages kids to move around to gain new perspective on task. With 66 lbs weight capacity, your kids can carry as much contents as possible with its large volume. Scooping and dumping actions improve hand-eye coordination.
  • All-Season Play: Real, working wheelbarrow designed for your little one’s size. Not only can they dig sand/dirt in summer, they can also shovel snow in winter.
  • Great Gift: Great for yard play, transporting your little one’s treasures, storage or whatever they want. It is an ideal present for your kids’ birthday, Christmas! They will love to have their own wheelbarrow.

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Outdoor Garden Backyard Play Toy Kids Metal Wheelbarrow

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121 Pcs Kids Pretend Workbench Construction Workshop Tool Play Set

  • Realistic Simulation Toy Set: The educational workbench play set arouses children’s curiosity, which can introduce engineering and architectural concepts to children. This toy allows your child to experience all the construction work and helps to encourage the child’s imagination and communication skills.
  • 121-Piece Various Accessories: This children’s workbench set can provide a total of 121-piece accessories, which is equivalent to the combination of several toys on the market. This toddler toy tool set comes with all the basic tools for construction.
  • Spacious Double-Tier Workbench Design: The double-tier storage design of the children’s tool workbench provides ample space for storing accessories. In addition, there is a hanging position where tools can be placed, making the cleaning work becomes easy and quick. This may help kids learn how to clean up and manage their own toys.
  • Premium PP and Superb Workmanship: Each part of the toy workbench made of high-quality PP has been carefully processed to be smooth and will not hurt the baby’s hand. Odorless materials are harmless to the human body and are safer to use. Its bright colors will stimulate children’s senses and help children recognize colors.
  • Easy Assembly and Convenient Storage: Each child’s tool table features a complete installation kit and accompanying instruction to facilitate installation. When not in use, you can disassemble it and put it in the package box and stow in any place without taking up too much space.

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121 Pcs Kids Pretend Workbench Construction Workshop Tool Play Set

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Kitchen Playset with Realistic Lights & Sounds

  • Educational Cooking Toy with Fun: Storage cabinet, dish and spice rack, fruit and vegetable shelves, hooks will exercise the baby’s reasonable storage habits from an early age. Call on friends to play together to improve kids’ social and hands-on skills. The music box also comes with 6 classic English songs to increase the fun of playing.
  • Realistic Cooking Experience: The water tap will pump out water to let kids experience the fun of washing dishes. Gas stove will give out the sound and the simulation of the fire when turning the knobs. And there is an oven that can be opened. Kids can simulate stir frying out of the pot to make the whole cooking process realistic.
  • Child Safe Design: Round corners without any sharp edges, smooth and burr-free surfaces are perfect for babies to play. High-quality ABS and PP materials are non-toxic and odorless. In addition, the kitchen play set has acquired ASTM certification to ensure the safety of the toy, which can free the parents’ hands for kids to explore on their own.
  • Numerous Simulated Accessories: A total of 38 pieces accessories including pots, plates, bowls, drinking glass, fruits and vegetables, fried eggs, biscuit boxes, seasoning bottles, knives and forks. It is useful to teach kids to know various kitchen supplies in advance and understand the cooking process. Requires 6 * AA batteries (not included)
  • Children’s Favorite Gift: The pretend kitchen play set is similar to the height of the kid about 3 years old, which is more suitable for experiencing the fun of the kitchen. It is a perfect choice as a birthday gift or a holiday gift. You can also accompany your kids to do simulated cooking together to share parent-child time. Product size: 20″ x 9″ x 28.5″ (L x W x H)

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Kitchen Playset with Realistic Lights & Sounds

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Wood Toy Kitchen Kids Cooking Pretend Play Set

  • Lovely and Dreamy Appearance: It looks like a princess’s private kitchen. The combination of pink and white creates a warm, romantic atmosphere in which your baby experiences the fun of the kitchen in the game.
  • Vivid and Cute Design: Equipped with most kitchen utensils, such as shovels, stoves, microwave ovens, dishwashers, which creates a realistic kitchen atmosphere so that your baby can experience the joy of cooking.
  • Easy and Convenient Operation: Removable sink, stove and cutting boards are very easy to clean. With convenient and large storage space below the sink, you have no worry that your baby will make a mess!
  • Reliability and Safety: Constructed with durable wooden. The paint has the chemical test report provided by SGS, and the sheet is in accordance with the US test requirements.
  • Great Gift: The kitchen play set provides numerous opportunities for interactive and imaginative play. Your child can enjoy making a meal for you, or perhaps “cooking” dinner right alongside you. Two young kids can cook together to cooperate and share the happiness. It is an ideal present for your kids’ birthday, Christmas! They will love to play with their friends and become more active.

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Wood Toy Kitchen Kids Cooking Pretend Play Set

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Pretend Play Kitchen Wooden Toy Set for Kids with Realistic Light and Sound


  • Premium and Safety Materials: Crafted out of high-quality MDF boards and premium PP plastic, this pretend play kitchen set is durable and sturdy. And the materials we chose also earned recognition from ASTM. Plus, with high-quality craftsmanship, the surface is smooth without burr and easy to clean.
  • Realistic Sound and Light Effect: With this Play Kitchen toy set, your kids will enjoy being a little chef, and tasting “delicious food” from your kids. For example, parents can take orders via telephone. Moreover, featuring a water dispenser built in realistic light and sound and a simulated sink, which makes it more fun.
  • Endless Fun with Friends: Having a role-playing game with friends and families allows your children to give full play to their imagination and provide lots of fun. Develop children’s interests and hobbies, exercise hands-on ability, and improve language expression and social skills in games. Meantime, they can also develop good washing & cleaning habits.
  • Complete Kitchen Set: Equipped with most kitchen utensils, such as Phone, Microwave, Oven, Water Dispenser, Pot, and Pan. Spacious open shelves and enclosed cabinets are enough for storing kitchen essentials. Plus, this kitchen playset can be used as an extra locker for books, toys, and groceries when children don’t play it. Therefore, it’s also a good storage solution.
  • Great Gift for Children: This pretend play kitchen set is suitable for any occasion as a gift for boys and girls, other children or parents can also join the game, to promote friendship, parent-child relationships. Choose it as a companion to accompany your kids’ growth. Let them have joyous childhood memories.

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Pretend Play Kitchen Wooden Toy Set for Kids with Realistic Light and Sound

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