Tag Archives: Pretend Play

Say Cheese! Toy Camera for Mini Photographers

fridiy toy camera

Say cheese and smile! There are so many ways little ones can use their imagination while being creative. This month, we’ve created a craft that incorporates artistic and pretend play! All of the supplies are products that you may already have in your home. Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

  • Empty tissue box
  • Wrapping paper
  • 3 Paper cups
  • Tape
  • Non-toxic glue
  • Sponge
  • Scissors
  • Black marker
  • Pen or pencil (optional)

toy camera supplies

With these household items you’ll be able to make a toy camera for your budding photographers! Kids can pretend to take pictures with their camera inside or outside. The best feature of this camera is that it’ll never run out of batteries because it’s fueled by imagination!

  1. Trace the base of the cup onto the bottom of the tissue box.
  2. Cut out the traced circle.
  3. Cut out the base of the cup (repeat this step for the other two paper cups).
  4. Place one of the cups inside of the tissue box. Ensure the mouth of the cup is sticking out of the box.
  5. Cover the tissue box in wrapping paper. Make sure the cup on both sides of the box remains unwrapped.
  6. Glue the other cups inside of the first cup, one at a time. This will make the lens of the camera longer. It’ll take about two hours for non-toxic glue to dry.
  7. Cut a portion of a sponge into a square.
  8. Glue the piece of the sponge onto the side of the tissue box that will be the considered the top of the camera. This will be the button that kids press to take pictures! It’ll take about two hours for non-toxic glue to dry. You can also draw a flash area diagonal to the button.

toy camera tutorial

Now your little photographers are ready to start snapping pictures! To promote make believe fun, ask your kids to describe the pictures they have taken with the camera to you.

toy camera pin

Will you be making this toy camera with your family this weekend?

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?