Pretend Play

Pretend Play

Pirates, princesses, and pilots, oh my! Pretend play is a wonderful (and important) part of your child's life. We've gathered educational articles, activity prompts, craft ideas, and more, all to help your little one's imagination run wild!

Games to Play with Friends

Host a Royal Ball!

Host a royal ball for your prince or princess to practice manners that even the queen will approve of!

Buried Treasure Game

Pirates hide their treasure by burying it in the sand of distant island beaches. Help your preschooler "hide" a treasure in an empty water bottle or small soda bottle and make ...

Build a Recycled Box City

Who says you have to buy your toys at the toy store? In this activity, you can plan and build a pretend play city entirely out of recycled materials.

Play the Game: Itsy Bitsy May I?

Remember the game "Mother, May I?" Try this following directions tag game that focuses on gross motor skills to the theme "Itsy Bitsy Spider". Fun indoors or out!

Post Office Pretend Play

Want to help your preschooler learn more about his community while boosting creativity? Set up a post office play station right in your very own home!

Be Librarian for a Day!

Help your child make and plan a friend-filled storytime party that will get her excited about reading.

Pretend Play Crafts

DIY Jetpack

Help your child rocket off for some high-flying fun with a jetpack you make from recycled materials and a few odds and ends.

DIY Costume Wig

Running out of ideas for pretend play? Here's a wacky craft that's sure to liven things up. Make a yarn wig complete with pigtails and plenty of sass.

Superhero Utility Belt

Design a custom superhero utility belt and invent a new superhero to go with it!

Construct a Kid Size Cardboard Castle

Help your little fort builder move up in the world with this cardboard castle that's just the right size for a young king and his loyal stuffed subjects. He'll have fun, and ...

Craft Your Own Pirate Telescope

Ship's ahoy! Help your child craft this handmade telescope. It's easy to make and even more fun to play with. When you're done, get ready for some goofy pirate adventures with ...

Craft a Magic Fairy Wand

Was your child enchanted by the Fairy Godmother after watching "Cinderella"? Craft a sparkling magic wand to help her indulge in a little imaginative play and make the fairy ...

Make a Princess Mask

Play pretend with these fun cut-out masks that you can color in, too!

Juice Box Police Radio

It's always fun to recycle household items into something great. Here's a quick and easy way to turn a used juice box into a police radio for hours of play!

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