By Ikea

Reviewed for Preschool, 2010

Say yes to veggies with this 14-piece set, packed up in a cute little corduroy crate. Pretending may sound like child's play, but it inspires kids to discuss ideas and come up with complex scenarios, honing their communication, planning, and problem-solving skills. These fun fabric vegetables are certainly something to talk about! Tomatoes, squash, carrots, mushrooms, and more compete for play time, and may even entice kids to try the real thing at dinner. (Ikea, $7.99)