Although we're a new business, we've had so much fun sourcing creative, imaginative, and unique toys. We'd love to share some of our best selling categories and toys... so far! Today's post will focus on a category we have enjoyed developing from long before we opened Neighbors. We'll share some of our favorite imaginative and pretend play toys.
Pretend play toys are important because they help children develop a range of skills and abilities that are essential for their social, emotional, cognitive, and language development. Some of our favorite brands that encourage pretend play include Tender Leaf Toys, Jura Toys, Vilac , and Great Pretenders.
Benefits of Pretend Play:
Creativity and Imagination: Pretend play toys encourage children to use their creativity and imagination to explore different roles and scenarios. They can create their own stories and play out different situations, allowing them to express themselves in a safe and imaginative way. For example, our play kitchen and food toys allow emerging chefs and grill masters to pretend and interact with other children (or their parents!)
Social Skills: Pretend play toys allow children to develop social skills, such as turn-taking, sharing, and cooperation. They can also learn to negotiate and problem-solve, as they work out how to play together and make their own rules.