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8 Toys for Pretend Play Professions

8 toys for pretend play professions

“When I grow up, I want to be…” Do you remember saying this when you were a kid? It also might be a statement you hear from your children. Imaginative play is the gateway to learning about skills kids will need as they grow. These eight toys will help teach your kiddos about different professions:

shootin hoops basketball set

Get ready for the NBA/WNBA: Playing with a basketball set helps children to build their gross motor skills and learn about teamwork. Little athletes might enjoy playing so much that they end up playing bball as an extracurricular activity in school. Who knows, they may even become professionals players someday!

art desk and easel

The newest and best artist or writer of our time: Do your little ones love to draw or write? If so, an art desk or easel will help them to develop their drawing, coloring, painting and writing skills. Artistic play is a great way for children to develop their fine motor skills as they grasp their pens, pencils, markers and brushes.

best chef's play kitchen

Cook up delicious treats: Have you noticed your kids are eager to help make dinner or bake a cake? Before they can cook and bake up some delicacies, they can practice with their own play kitchen. Little chefs and bakers can learn what types of foods go in the oven, on the stove top or in the fridge.

love & care deluxe nursery

Take care of others: Maybe your kids enjoy taking care of others and love nurturing their baby dolls. Someday, they might want to become a nurse or doctor. A nursery set (coming soon) will help teach them how to take care of babies, whether they are role playing they are working at a hospital or pretending to be mom and dad!

water table

Deep sea adventures await: Mini marine biologists can go on an exploration and place water proof toys into their water tables. They can look for exotic creatures that live under water.

little dunes sandbox

Discover artifacts: If little explorers are looking for some digging fun, they can use their sandbox to pretend to be archaeologists, discovering old items that may turn out to be dinosaur bones!

fantasy vanity

It’s time to get glamorous: Sometimes girls just want to have fun and pretend to dress up like their mom. Little ladies can play with a vanity and pretend to be makeup artists as they imagine putting makeup on themselves or a playmate.

puppet theater

What a character: Do your kids enjoy putting on shows for you and the rest of the family? Maybe their calling is acting! They can practice their acting and storytelling skills with their very own puppet theater. They can use different voices to represent the puppets. Who needs a television when you have live entertainment.

What do your children want to be when they grow up? What toys do you encourage them to play with when they pretend to be this profession?

8 Activities for National Play in the Sand Day

National Play in the Sand Day

Today is National Play in the Sand Day! What a sand-tastic holiday to celebrate. This day is dedicated to playing in the sand with family and friends. Grab the kids and head to your nearest beach. Or, if you’re not near a beach, we’ve got you covered. Here are eight activities you and your little ones can do at the beach or in the backyard with a sandbox or activity table:

  • Dig for buried treasure
  • Build sand castles
  • Wiggle your toes in the sand
  • Pretend you’re on a deserted island riding camels
  • Bury each other in the sand
  • Make sand angels (instead of snow angels)
  • Draw in the sand
  • Create patterns in the sand with shells and pebbles

We’d love to hear how you plan on spending National Play in the Sand Day. Share your favorite sand activities with us!

 

7 Reasons to Grin during National Smile Week

Reasons to grin

Put on your happy face and grin from ear-to-ear because it’s National Smile Week! This cheerful holiday is celebrated during the second week of August each year. National Smile Week was originally created to promote dental health, but over the years it has turned into a time to encourage healthy habits and share the positive effects of smiling! In honor of this joyous week, here are seven reasons to grin:

  1. It’s easy to smile
  2. Smiling is good for your health
  3. It’s fun to smile
  4. When you smile, you get to show off those pearly whites!
  5. Smiling makes you feel better when you’re sad
  6. When you smile, it makes other people happy
  7. Smiling leads to laughing

Why do you and your little ones enjoy smiling?