Pretend play is an important part of a child’s development. In acting out real life scenarios through play little ones develop problem solving and social skills ands develop emotional and social skills. It also helps with language development.
In this gift guide we’ve picked out the best pretend play toys toddlers will love playing with from from pretending to be a doctor, a mummy or a daddy to an artist or chef!
Best Pretend Play Toys Toddlers will Love to Play With
Little Doctor or Nurse
From a stethoscope and thermometer right through to a blood pressure cuff and even a mobile phone for taking those emergency calls!
Melissa & Doug Doctor Role Play Costume Set
Melissa & Doug Role Play Set – this set doesn’t have as many pieces of equipment as the previous set, but it does come with a cute doctor’s jacket and face mask so your little one can look the part.
Doc McStuffins Hospital Cart
Just Play Doc McStuffins Hospital Care Cart Toy
Doc McStuffins Hospital Care Cart – Doc McStuffins playsets have been “Top Toys for Christmas” over the past few years with stocks in short supply and some parents paying three times the price to get one for their child.
This year a new hospital care cart playset has been released which looks just like the one in the new season of the McStuffinsville Toy Hospital show. I know my little girl would love to find this cart under the tree on Christmas morning!
Little Mummy or Daddy
Jenna 12″ Doll – there are so many dolls to choose from these days it can be hard to pick the right one.
The great thing about Jenna is that she’s small enough for young children to play with, she doesn’t have any hair to get all tangled up in knots.
Oh and she has no electronics so you don’t have to worry about her waking the house up by crying in the middle of the night!
My Very Own Nursery Set – if you think there are too many dolls to choose from wait until you try and decide on a cot or crib for the doll to sleep in.
Some of them are so overpriced it’s quite ridiculous!
I love this nursery set because it’s a bed for the baby doll, but it also has a sink with a little cupboard underneath and a high chair complete with folk, spoon, plate and sippy cup!
Stroller and Accessories
Deluxe Stroller – this stroller set is pretty impressive.
It comes with a carry cot as well as the stroller option which has adjustable handles so your toddler will be able to push it around easily.
There’s even a changing bag for all those accessories baby dolls seem to collect.
Worker guys or gals
Construction Pretend Play Set
Construction Role Play Set – every budding worker guy or gal needs a High Viz jacket, hard hat and protective goggles, and there’s even a tool belt too for added authenticity.
Step2 Deluxe Workshop – I am a big fan of Step2 because their toys are always well thought out and built to last.
This deluxe workshop is no exception.
This isn’t just any old work bench you know, there’s storage space for all the tools (it comes with a 50 piece set!), a cutting station and an overhead light.
And there’s even a vacuum cleaner for tidying up afterwards.
I think there might be a few jealous dads around when this appears under the Christmas tree!
Workbelt and Tools Playset
Learning Resources Pretend & Play Workbelt Tool Set – if you’re just looking for some tools for your little one to play with then you can’t go wrong with this set which has a work belt, tape measure and even a drill.
Step2 Deluxe Art Master Desk – every budding artist needs a place to work and this desk has space for all sorts of art equipment as well as a nice big surface to work on.
I love that the desk has a lift up flap for storage just like an old school desk and that it comes with a light as well as a chair.
Spirograph Deluxe Design Set – do you remember spirograph from when you were a child?
I had hours of fun with my set and think this 45 piece set would make a wonderful gift.
Modelling Clay Set
Melissa & Doug Shape, Model and Mould – this modelling clay set is well thought out with patterned rolling pins and shapes to model and mould the colourful clay.
It’s a great way to develop fine motor skills while being creative.
Little Tikes Super Chef Kitchen – toy kitchen playsets have come a long way in recent years and this super chef kitchen is the perfect example.
I love that it’s not bright pink, because boys like to play with kitchens too right?
And it has so many great details, from the plate holder and coffee pot through to the water dispenser in the fridge door and the rail to hang a tea towel from!
It’s about three feet wide by three feet high so it won’t take up too much space, and it’s a great price too.
Learning Resources Pretend & Play Pro Chef Set – just as most play kitchens are pink so are most of the accessories, which is why it was refreshing to find this set that looks so realistic.
I love that it comes with an oven mitt too.
101 Piece Play Food Set – every budding chef needs some food and this set is pretty impressive with 101 items ranging from fruit and vegetables to sandwiches and pizza.
~Clare, currently pinning to Christmas Gift Ideas