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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?

4 Ways to Beat Summertime Boredom

4 ways to beat summertime boredom

“I’m bored, there’s nothing to do!” It’s a phrase that parents hate to hear, especially during those long summer days. As nice as it is to spend time with your kids during the summer, sometimes it’s hard to find activities to keep them occupied. Luckily, we have 4 ways you and your little ones can beat summertime boredom:

  • Car wash: Toddlers can wash their push buggies or ride-ons as their parents wash their own cars! This activity beats boredom and is a great way to cool down. We also have a craft that allows your children to put their toy cars through their very own car wash.

push car buggy

  • Grill masters: While you are grilling a meal, kids can imitate you with their own grill! Little ones can flip some burgers and hot dogs to serve alongside your yummy treats.

toddler grilling a play food hot dog

  • Scavenger hunt on wheels: Take your kids for a stroll around the neighborhood in their wagon and ask them to spot certain objects during the ride. For example, the first person to spot a red car gets a sticker!

kid's wagon ride

  • Search for buried treasure: Hide small toys in your child’s activity table or sandbox. Kids can search the backyard and the first child to find all of the buried treasure gets a prize.

kids playing in a sandbox

Do you have any hints or tips to defeat summertime boredom?

6 Tips for Selecting the Best Playhouse

selecting a playhouse

Oh the joy of imaginative play! There are many toys on the market that encourage little minds to use their imaginations, but none are quite like a child’s playhouse. Playhouses promote creativity, make believe fun and teach toddlers and preschoolers practical skills that they can use as they grow. With so many playhouses to choose from, deciding on the perfect one can be difficult. We want to make the decision easier, so here are 6 tips to keep in mind when selecting the best playhouse for your kids:

  1. Location and size: Will the playhouse be indoors or outdoors? It all depends on how much space you have in your house or backyard. Whether you decide to put a playhouse inside or outside, make sure you know the dimensions of the area you want to place it and the dimensions of the playhouse you are interested in buying. On each playhouse’s product page, we list the dimensions to help you visualize the size of the toy.
  2. Material: Playhouses are made out of different types of materials depending on the manufacturer. The most common types of playhouses are wooden, fabric or plastic. Step2 carries durable plastic playhouses that won’t splinter or warp. Plastic playhouses are also able to withstand most weather conditions and they’re easy to clean.
  3. Style and design: Some playhouses resemble real houses and others are brightly colored like a rainbow. The style and design of the playhouse may depend on if you want the color scheme of the playhouse to blend with a child’s playroom or your backyard.
  4. Age appropriate: There are recommended ages for all of our products. You can find the recommended age below the description on each product’s page. Not only is it important that your children are old enough to play in a playhouse, but it’s also important that they have an opportunity to grow into it. We understand that some children may grow faster than others, which is one of the reasons we have a graph that highlights the inside dimensions of our playhouses so you can determine if a compact or larger playhouse will be the best fit for your kids.
  5. How many kids can fit in the playhouse: Kids may enjoy sharing their playhouse with their friends or siblings. If you are looking for a playhouse set to entertain more than two children, it might be a good idea to consider a larger playhouse.
  6. Features: Each playhouse has different features such as a built-in kitchen, grill, working doorbell, mail slots, etc. The interior and exterior features vary from playhouse to playhouse. It’s important to select one that has features your child will play with frequently.

Playhouses help little imaginations to grow while creating memories that will last a lifetime, which is why picking the best playhouse for your kids is essential.

Do you have any tips you would recommend to families looking for a playhouse?