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We love pretend play. It’s so much fun to watch our kids imaginations run wild! Studies have consistently shown cognitive benefits of pretend play like language development. Plus, it’s just fun!

by Liz

This huge list of activities are perfect for encouraging our little ones to play pretend.


Doctor Kit – Make your own doctor kit your kids can use to play hospital or veterinarian!

Post Office – Use things from around your house to make a small pretend post office for your kids to play in.

Vet Clinic – Create your own vet clinic with these awesome free printables that includes a health form and an x-ray.

Ice Cream Shop – Play ice cream shop by making this pretend chocolate ice cream play dough.

Pretend City – You can make an entire village out of paper bags with this incredible idea.

Play Tents – These fun play tents can transform your living room into a cafe, a space shuttle or a castle!

Silly Faces – Use these free printables to make silly faces and pretend to be someone else.

Pretend Birthday Party – Have a birthday party for your toys or stuffed animals and make them this pretend cake!

Cook Stove – Easily make a pretend stove for your kids to cook with. This idea is so fun!

Fake Food – Make pretend food out of felt for a make believe grocery store or cafe.

Here are the rest of the pretend play ideas: