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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?

Four Ways Kids Can Make Mother’s Day Perfect

four way kids can make mother's day perfect_

With Mother’s Day right around the corner, many kids are trying to figure out what they can do for the special moms in their lives. As toddlers and preschooler begin to understand the concept of Mother’s Day, there are plenty of ways they can make this day wonderful. Here are four ways that kids can make this special date perfect with the use of their toys:

Puppet show: Instead of heading out to a movie or play, your little ones can do the entertaining! Your little actors and actresses can put on a puppet show for all the lovely ladies celebrating Mother’s Day in your home.

puppet theater

Whip up a yummy treat: Put your little chef to the test. If the kids ask what mom wants for her amazing day, suggest a delicious dessert or meal made from one of their play kitchens. Many of our customers have told us their kids like to serve them “coffee” with their play kitchens so you could also ask for a fresh cup of Joe!

Heart of the Home Kitchen

Tidy up: Now this might be a far stretch for some kids, but maybe you have been waiting for your kids to clean their room for awhile. If they have a toy box, chest or dresser, entice them to put their toys away and surprise mom with a nice clean room!

Lift & Hide Bookcase Storage Chest

Craft a masterpiece: Your mini Picassos can create a magnificent piece of artwork with their art desk or easel. Their work of art will surely deserve a special spot on the fridge or to be placed in a frame showcased for everyone to see.

Doodle Art EAsel Studio Art Desk in the park

We hope your little sweethearts make Mother’s Day magical!

Learn Through Play: Sharing & Caring

sharing & caring

Don’t you love when your little one gives you a hug or when they want to share a toy or food with you? Those sweet gestures can fill your heart with joy and make your day complete. Expressing emotions and understanding feelings are critical social skills for kids to develop.

It is important to encourage sharing and caring on daily basis; here are a few ways to help your child to develop these social skills:

  • Model generosity: Act as a role model for your children. Hold the door for others, even if they are far away. If someone drops something on the ground at the grocery store, pick it up for them. Performing good deeds can encourage children to care for others by performing similar acts of kindness.
  • Praise them: When children share something with another child or show some type of sweetness to you or another person, praise them for their good intention.
  • Story Time:  Young children enjoy stories and the lessons they teach. You can get creative and tell  your own story about sharing and caring or you can read books at bedtime that demonstrate these lessons such as  “A Chair for My Mother” by Vera Williams, “The Berenstain Bears and No Girls Allowed” by Stan and Jan Berenstain or “The Lion and the Mouse” by Aesop.

Sharing and caring are skills that can also be learned through play. A fun fact about Step2 is that we rarely created toys that are meant for solo play because we aim to enhance children’s social interactions and inspire their young minds.  Let’s check out some toys that can help children understand what caring and sharing are all about!

Pretend Play Toys: Kids can learn what care is by nurturing a baby doll with the Deluxe Nursery Center. Children can also begin to grasp the concept of sharing responsibilities (also known as teamwork). While one child is feeding the baby doll at the feeding station, another child can pretend to do the laundry or take care of another baby doll at the changing table. Kids can also use one of our tool workshops to build a bird house together or another creation out of the pretend wood. Kids can even give their creation as a gift to their brother, sister, mom or dad.

pretend play

Play Kitchens: All of our play kitchens feature tons of appliances and accessories to keep multiple children entertained for hours. Our play kitchens are great for children to learn to use together. Children can trade off playing with the accessories or they can team up to cook a pretend meal.  We have been told by some of our customers that their kids have even exhibited caring by serving up a pretend pot of coffee to mom and dad with their play kitchen!

play kitchen

Art Desks & Easels: Children can also get crafty as a way to show they care. When children draw you pictures to put on the fridge or in a frame it is a selfless act of love and also shows that they want to share their hard work with you! Encourage your child to not only draw pictures for you with their art desk or easel, but ask them to draw pictures for their siblings, teachers and neighbors as well. Maybe your kids can even work together to make a piece of artwork to give to their grandparents.

art desk and easel
 

What tips and toys do you use to teach your kids about sharing and caring?